Sam Carlson – Digital Painting in Photoshop with Wacom Tablet

Dark Knight - Obilex

Sam Carlson

What is Obilex? The name originated from a super-hero comic I had tried to make in 4th or 5th grade. Horribly drawn characters, zero plot and zero punch-line. All concept art. I trashed the comic idea, but the name has stuck with me through the years. My personal art pseudonym which I have used. Samuel Clemens had his pen name, Ben Franklin his, it just seemed like the cool thing to do.

Kite Flyer - Obilex

My name is Sam Carlson, born in Albany, New York, currently residing in Boulder, Colorado.

I have a dual Major BA in Computer Art & Graphic Design as well as Studio Art from SUNY Oneonta, with a minor in business. I live in NY and have over 13+ years experience in the design and illustration industry. I build matte paintings, themes, GUI’s, logos, UI templates, paintings, illustrations, cover art, photo editing/manipulation, and textures. Art has always been my calling in life. For as long as I can remember I have been doodling pictures on something, be it a notebook, spelling test, or my hand. I have always been a big dreamer, imagining new worlds, the ability to be somewhere far far away, yet never leaving your seat.

South Beach - Obilex

Once I developed the ability to get my ideas out of my head and down for the world to see, things have just gotten more fun for me. Photoshop and the digital side of things has always been my bread and butter, it was the cheapest and quickest way for me to learn how to paint, how to use colors properly, how to be careless and even more importantly, daring with my brush strokes. (Gotta love the undo button!) I hadn’t really gotten into physical paints until I had a decent understanding on the computer. It was too much cleanup, too much clutter, too much money for paint.

I find myself evolving, painting more with traditional mediums, going on hikes, picking a spot along the path and saying to myself, “This is it, this is the spot.” I will then sit there for hours, taking in the sun, as well as criticisms and compliments from passers-by. It is a very calming experience for me. I really feel on the same level as the subject matter sometimes. Not quite, but enough to sit by quietly and capture it all on canvas.

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