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Meet Samantha Caballero

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Caballero.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I first started getting into the type of art I create now around 2015 when I was about 17. I was inspired by an art style that I came across on Instagram. People were basically creating digital portraits using their own or someone else’s selfie. I started doing portraits of friends and acquaintances. I would do a simple outline and add my own flair and style by using different backgrounds, colors that I thought looked cool together, and unique details. My friends would post my drawing of them and soon after that their friends would see the drawing and ask me to do their portraits and that snowballed into a bunch of strangers asking me to draw them. I created a separate Instagram for me to post those portraits and it started gaining a nice amount of traction. As cool as it was to have a bunch of people liking my style and wanting their own portraits, it got old pretty quick.

I started to feel pressured and drawing didn’t seem as fun or enjoyable as it was when I had first started. I went from having fun, pumping out art consistently and gaining a steady amount of followers to just wanting to stay away from drawing altogether because it started to feel like a chore. I recognized that I wasn’t enjoying creating art anymore and I stopped posting on my art Instagram altogether. Although it was fun at first and I appreciated gaining recognition as an artist, I found that actually enjoying the process of creating was more important than any type of popularity or people-pleasing. Now I draw what I want and when want to. I’m still finding the balance between drawing when I am inspired and actively seeking out inspiration and being able to create consistently. I’m getting there but for now I am proud of what I have been able to create thus far.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being an artist and growing as an artist has been the most steady and amazing aspect of my life. As everything around me seems to change constantly, my ability to create art that I am proud of and that makes me happy has been something that always centers me. One of my biggest struggles as an artist comes from me trying to figure out what to do with my ability. I’ve always hated the pressure of creating for any other purpose other than being inspired, such as commissions or just being asked if I can draw something for a friend. I wish I didn’t hate it so much but for now, I’m satisfied with drawing simply because I want to. Hopefully, one day I can at least learn to profit from it. Who knows.

Please tell us more about your art.
I would say that I specialize in digital drawings. I draw on my iPad using Procreate and my Apple Pencil. I occasionally add simple animations to my pieces along with a song that feels right. I feel that the whole dreamy feel of my pieces lie in the colors that I use and special details that I incorporate.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Watching any of the Lord of the Rings movies with my siblings while we recite our favorite scenes and being obsessed with The Beatles with my best friend.

Contact Info:

  • Email: sami.caballero96@gmail.com
  • Instagram: samiforniaa

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