An Interview With Skribbl Artist, Samir Bensalah

April 2023
Illustrator Features
in 2 minutes
Victoria Holmes

What does it mean to you to be a part of Skribbl, and helping to make art education accessible to all?

I think it’s a wonderful idea. As an artist, I believe that everyone should have access to art education, regardless of their background or circumstances. Being a part of Skribbl and contributing to this mission is a great privilege, and it’s an honor to be able to help make art education accessible to all. I hope that through my work and contributions, I can inspire others to pursue their passion for art and creativity.

Describe your illustration style in three words…

My illustration style can be described as expressive, imaginative, and detail-oriented. I strive to create intricate and symmetrical illustrations that not only convey a story or concept, but also capture the viewer’s imagination and emotions.

How did you get started in illustration… What’s your story?

I have always had a passion for art and drawing, specifically symmetrical ornamentation, which I have been practicing since childhood. After studying Fine Arts academically, I explored different styles and techniques, but eventually found myself returning to my roots in symmetrical ornamentation. I started working as a freelance illustrator soon after graduation and haven’t looked back since. My love for creating illustrations and bringing stories to life is what drives me every day.

How do you approach a new illustration?

When I start a new illustration, I first come up with rough ideas by brainstorming and sketching. After that, I refine my sketch and add intricate details and textures to the lines. Each element is important in creating the overall aesthetic of the piece.

What inspires you to create?

I draw inspiration from many sources, but my strongest connection is with nature. I am particularly attached to stones, fossils, and the overall atmosphere of the outdoors. In addition to nature, I find inspiration in mythology, literature, and the work of other artists and illustrators. My everyday experiences of life also play a role in inspiring me to create new pieces.

Give us a tip for generating creative ideas?

My top tip for generating creative ideas is to always be observant and curious about the world around you. Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places, so keep an open mind and be willing to experiment.

Tell us about your favourite illustration, or Skribbl topic to illustrate and why?

I find that my favorite illustrations are those that incorporate natural elements, such as stones and fossils, and draw inspiration from the beauty and wonder of nature. I especially enjoy creating illustrations with fantasy and science fiction themes, as they allow me to explore imaginative worlds and creatures, and bring a unique vision to life.

What’s the best piece of advice you can give to a budding illustrator, or someone just getting started?

The key to success as a budding illustrator lies in continuously creating and experimenting with new styles and techniques, while fearlessly pushing the boundaries of your abilities. It’s equally important to connect and network with other creative minds in the industry, as this can provide valuable insights and support in navigating your career path. These steps not only help you grow as an artist and professional, but also strengthen your relationships within the industry, as it has for me with Skribbl.

What does your workspace or studio say about you?

My workspace is a reflection of my artistic style and creative process. It’s an organised chaos that allows me to immerse myself in my work, surrounded by my favourite tools and materials. The walls are adorned with artwork and illustrations that inspire me, and the natural light that floods the room helps to bring out the true colours of my creations. Overall, my workspace says that I am a passionate and dedicated artist who values both the creative process and the final product.

Who is your favourite artist or an artist who inspires you?

While there are many talented artists who inspire me, I find myself particularly drawn to the surreal and dreamlike imagery of Salvador Dali. His use of hallucinatory landscapes and imaginative creatures always leaves me in awe, and has helped me expand my own creative horizons.

Draw yourself… Can be a doodle, abstract, whatever you want!


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