Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Aker.
Samantha, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Well, for starters, I accidentally fell into graphic design. I had zero art background and was taking a chance on attending an art school. I originally wanted to go to school for videography, which now seems laughable. The universe was really looking out for me that day. Video was full, so the woman at the school suggested I take graphic design for one semester until video classes opened back up.
I had a rough start into art, because I was a full-on adult who never created, but I knew I was meant to be an artist and live a creative life. On my second day in photoshop class (because on the first day I literally left the class crying, claiming that they must have placed me in an advanced Photoshop class) we learned how to make a bubble brush and I was absolutely hooked. Graphic design, art and illustration are pure magic! I feel so lucky that my job is to make something out of nothing, and then people buy it and it brings them joy and in turn, I get joy in doing it for them. It’s a win-win! Good vibes all around!
It’s been a long road to get to where I am today as an artist. I should really design a shirt that says “I just google things” because that’s basically how I learned to do anything that makes me hirable today. A lot of skillshare classes, workshops by fellow artists I admire and a lot of trial and error. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
We’d love to hear more about your artwork. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am an illustrator, hand letterer, and designer. I love working with brands who are very passionate about their mission and core values. I tend to take on projects that align with my values; respecting and taking care of the ocean and our environment, female-owned businesses, and brands who encourage others to live with less and focus on experiences and moments in life.
I get really inspired by strong bad-ass females speaking up for things that really matter! Those are the times when I can just create fiercely and freely! I love when the passion behind the art fuels it’s creation. Things just flow, and that’s a really exciting thing to experience as an artist! Sometimes I’ll hear lyrics in a song about gender rights and I can’t get them out of my head until I letter or draw them. Designing and lettering are kind of how I process and digest the world around me.
I hope my work inspires others to care, or stand up and take action and speak about the things they believe in. I mostly try to live by example of the things I want to see more of in the world; more people living their lives to the max, doing the things they want, showing up and serving the world with their gifts.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I love answering this question because it gives me a chance to talk about failure and fear, which kind of go hand in hand.
What I wished I learned earlier is to just try. Do the thing! If you suck… well it’s new to you, so you’ll probably suck at it and that’s all good! After you get all the fails out of the way you start to see some wins.
There are so many things in my life that I wished I would have just done, like teaching a workshop. I’ve wanted to teach for almost ten years! Now, I’m 31 and I am wondering how I made it so far without holding a workshop or class!
Your life is happening right now. There will always be reasons to not try, and sometimes our ego may make these reasons sound so good that they almost seem “valid.” But I’m telling you, “valid reasons” are really just excuses in disguise.
At the end, I really want to look back and say I had a LIFE! I really LIVED! That means painting with acrylic even though the medium terrifies me, going to Hawaii every year for my birthday even know it may not look or feel financially responsible, swimming in every ocean, teaching workshops, inspiring others to live a creative life! I want to live, and that all starts with trying and it being a good thing to fail. Because you will. You’ll fail over and over again.
But one day, you’ll win. I’d rather get to the Win Day faster and while I’m young than to look back and say I never even had the courage to try.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I will be popping up at Be Well’s Holiday Market on Saturday, November 23rd from 2-5 pm in Encinitas.
I also just started teaching workshops. My first one is about drawing digitally with Procreate on the iPad. Sharing my knowledge and inspiring others to create is what really lights me up, so I’m pretty stoked!
And lastly, I have a greeting card line that you can find in Pigment, Native Poppy and a handful of boutique stores in Southern California.
- Address: ATTN Samantha Aker
San Diego Made Factory
2031 Commercial St,
San Diego, CA 92113
- Website: www.delilahlaroux.com
- Phone: 7146251117
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delilahthegemini/
My photographer who took the bio ticket her handle is @jayleeclarkee