I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, and illustrating professionally since 2004. My distinctive painterly illustrations have been featured in books, magazines, comics and exhibitions worldwide, and also on television.
Over the years I've created artwork for a wide range of clients including Adidas, Activision, Apple, Audi, British Airways, Disney, Edgar Wright, Empire Magazine, Esquire, GQ, The Guardian, Lucasfilm, Manga UK, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Picturehouse Cinemas, Playstation, 20th Century Fox, SciFiNow, Sony Pictures, Total Film, Twitter, Wired and Working Title.
I've produced officially licensed pop culture artwork for properties including Marvel's Avengers, Bob's Burgers, Bojack Horseman, Call of Duty, Captain Marvel, Flash Gordon, Masters of the Universe, Monty Python, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Godfather, The Karate Kid, Trainspotting, Shepperton Studios (Stormtroopers) and Universal Studios (Back to the Future, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Hellboy, Jaws, Jurassic Park and Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's 'Blood and Ice Cream' trilogy).
I've also contributed to more than 50 pop culture group exhibitions in the UK and US over the last five years, and have been invited to talk about my work at various events and venues, including the MCM London Comic Con and both the Regent Street and Covent Garden Apple Stores in London.
It was amazing to be able to present Edgar Wright with my officially licensed 'Cornetto trilogy' prints (produced in collaboration with Iron Gut Publishing), and for Edgar to post a photo of Simon Pegg with them on social media.
"Sam just has a knack for finding the emotional core of every subject in his portraiture." Adam Martin, owner, Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles
"Few people do a better job of capturing not just an actor, but the essence of a performance than British illustrator Sam Gilbey." Cineplex Magazine
"That is so awesome."
"This is effing awesome!"
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Officially licensed prints including Back to the Future, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, Shepperton Studio Stormtroopers and Flash Gordon are available now from my store.
Hosting a talk and live art workshop at the Regent Street Apple Store, January 2018.
Speaking about my work at the Covent Garden Apple Store, March 2016.
My full BLAB talk, Band on the Wall, Manchester, February 2014.
I've spoken at Apple, Behance and Blab events, and taken part in several live drawing events and panel discussions. Please get in touch if you'd like to book me for an event.
MCM London Comic Con, October 2018
Thought Bubble, Leeds Comic Art Festival, September 2018
MCM London Comic Con, May 2018
Two panels on movie poster creation with The Poster Posse, MCM Birmingham Comic Con, March 2018
Regent Street Apple Store talk and workshop, January 2018
Wacom-sponsored panel on poster creation with Poster Spy, MCM London Comic Con, October 2017
Brighton Illustration Fair, October 2017
Thought Bubble, Leeds Comic Art Festival, September 2017
Behance 'creative portfolio powerup' event (talk and discussion leader), Google Campus London, May 2016
Covent Garden Apple Store talk, March 2016
Hastings Illustration Festival (HiFest), December 2015
Brighton Illustration Fair, May 2015
Hastings Illustration Festival (HiFest) – including participation in panel discussion, December 2014
BLAB speaker, Band on the Wall, Manchester, February 2014. Video above
Official Movember Gala Party artist, The Roundhouse, London, November 2013
Adidas Yamamoto F50 boot launch, October 2013
Ninja Scroll poster signing, The Hackney Picturehouse, London, November 2012
Glug 'Beautiful Summer' live artist, Cargo, London, May 2012
At the opening of Hero Complex Gallery's official Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron exhibition, May 2015.
I've contributed to over 45 group pop culture exhibitions over the last five years, including official Marvel, Bad Robot, Bob's Burgers, Edgar Wright and Joss Whedon shows. Directors and actors including Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Edgar Wright, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gareth Jones, Simon Pegg, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka own my work.
Official WWE exhibition, Gallery 1988, LA, November
Official Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs exhibition, Spoke Art, NYC, November
Official Monty Python exhibition, Gallery 1988, LA, January
John McTiernan tribute exhibition, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, December
Crazy4Cult XI, Gallery 1988, LA, November
Miyazaki – second art show tribute, Spoke Art, NYC, October
Official Bojack Horseman/Netflix exhibition, Gallery 1988, LA, September
30 Years Later, Gallery 1988, LA, July
Blacklight, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, May
Miyazaki – an art show tribute, Spoke Art, SF, February
Stars on Canvas 2016 (charity exhibition), London, November
SEQUEL 2, iambit, LA, November
Crazy4Cult X, Gallery 1988, LA, October
7th Annual Wes Anderson tribute, Spoke Art, NYC, October
20 Years Later, Gallery 1988, LA, July
Lord of Thrones, Spoke Art, SF, June
Cardistry, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, May
Official 20th Century Fox Bob's Burgers exhibition, Gallery1988, LA, May
30 Years Later, Gallery 1988, LA, March
Wondercon, exhibiting with Hero Complex Gallery, LA, March
Zelda 30 year celebration, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, February
NYCC, exhibiting with Hero Complex Gallery, NYC, November
Daft Punk 3, Gauntlet Gallery, SF, August
6th Annual Wes Anderson tribute, Spoke Art (at Joseph Gross gallery), NYC, August
Both Sides: a show celebrating heroes and villains, Gallery 1988, LA, July
Clue: an art show inspired by your favourite murder mystery, Gallery 1988, LA, June
10th Anniversary, iam8bit, LA, June
Art show tribute to the works of Jeunet and Caro, Spoke Art, SF, May
Official Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, April/May
Is This Thing On? #4, Gallery 1988, LA, February
Crazy4Cult 8, Gallery1988, LA, December
Stars on Canvas 2014 (charity exhibition), London, November
Kung Fu Theatre, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, November
Bad Dads V (Wes Anderson tribute), Spoke Art, SF, October/November
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 'Legend of the Yokai', House of Vans, London, October
Joss Whedon official tribute show, Gallery 1988, LA, September
Kubrick tribute show, Spoke Art, SF, September
Quentin vs. Coen: art tribute to Tarantino & the Coen Brothers, Spoke Art, SF, July
Kings of Cult: art tribute to Roger Corman & Joe Dante, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, May
The Subtle Art of Pop Culture (10 year anniversary show), Gallery 1988, LA, April
When The Lights Go Out 2 (glow in the dark show), Bottleneck Gallery, NYC, March
King for a Day (Stephen King tribute), Hero Complex Gallery, LA, March
In Dreams (David Lynch tribute), Spoke Art, SF, March
It Came From 1984, Bottleneck Gallery, NYC, February
Imagined Worlds, Hero Complex Gallery, LA, January
Crazy4Cult 7, Gallery 1988, NYC, December
Bad Dads IV (Wes Anderson tribute), Spoke Art, SF, October/November
Smile You Son of a Bitch! (Jaws tribute), Hero Complex Gallery, LA, November
Crazy 4 Cult 'Say Hi To The Bad Guy', Gallery 1988, LA, October
Art V Cancer (charity exhibition), 2022NQ, Manchester, August
The Official Edgar Wright Art Show, Gallery 1988, LA, August
RED (curated by Planet Pulp), Hero Complex Gallery, LA, July
The Official Bad Robot Art Experience, Gallery 1988, LA, April/May
Scorsese: an art show tribute (curated by Spoke Art), Bold Hype, NYC, April
The Humorist (Woody Allen show), Gallery1988, LA, January
Stars on Canvas 2012 (charity exhibition), London, November
Raw 5, Manchester, September
Spacenite 2 (Bill Mantlo tribute), Portland, December
Star on Canvas 2010 (charity exhibition), London, November
Images 34 (Association of Illustrators exhibition), London, September
Whether it's a marker pen sketch, a bespoke pop culture poster or a family portrait, I try to fit in private clients wherever I can. Please drop me an email to discuss your needs. Prices start at £50 for pencil sketches (plus VAT if you're in the UK, plus postage and packaging costs).
A recent marker pen sketch commission of Agent Carter, signed by Hayley Atwell herself at a convention.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with the artwork I created for the test shoot of Paul, Shepperton Studios, 2008.
My artwork on a limited edition steelbook blu-ray cover of The Karate Kid. For Sony Pictures via Gallery1988.