Hi! I’m Samantha Dolan, an artist and illustrator from Scotland. I have always been creating something using pencils, pens and paint. You will usually find me in my studio sitting at the desk surrounded by my large cactus and tropical plant collection. Or lost in the woods trying to find something strange and botanical to draw.
Each illustration begins with a sheet of paper. Then I take my favourite mediums, pencil, ink and gouache paint, to create something inspired by the natural world around me. Sometimes this leads to traditional artwork using the painting skills I acquired when I graduated with a BA Fine Art (Hons) in 2009. Other times the drawing is scanned and becomes a digital illustration using Adobe photoshop and Illustrator. I like to give myself a wide variety of possibilities when creating.
I am inspired by nature and plants along with a love of myth and folklore. I like to think of some of my work as the beginnings to an imaginary world. Although when I’m not feeling whimsical I just really enjoy making a detailed drawing. I find drawing something very intricate extremely satisfying.
Currently I am running my own small business and working on expanding my opportunities in the world of illustration. I am available for freelance work and licensing. If you have questions or just want to have a chat about my illustrations get in contact. I always love to hear from people interested in my work.