Silky Sammy: My favorite piece I’ve made would have to be “Outside Face." A lot of my work has to do with my inner feelings. With this being the case I have no shortage of self portraits that I’ve created. Usually when I make these self portraits I’ll tie in a slight pop culture reference so it's more palatable to other people, after all not everyone can relate to a piece of art only about me because not everyone is me. Outside Face completely goes against this belief though and a few others I had in my head of why people liked my work. This is because it is extremely focused on me, it's not a broad piece of art at all as the only thing displayed are 7 versions of me. It's also not particularly easy to view either, as I had to make it an extremely wide format to fit 7 versions of myself horizontally. Lastly there are no vibrant colors in the piece or any detailed background; the only thing drawn is intertwining line work, shadows, a border and it's all done in black. The unorthodox elements in this piece and its success truly make it close to my heart and a constant reminder to trust in my instincts.
ONE37pm: What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?
Silky Sammy: In the next year I hope to deepen my knowledge of art, network with more people and open up more opportunities for the future with my art. Prior to starting art in summer 2020 I didn’t have any concrete goals I was shooting for, I was kinda just floating through life. Ever since starting though, getting better is all I’ve wanted. Since I’ve started creating, most of my inspirations have just come from work I happen to come into contact with, so I hope to deepen my knowledge of art as a whole to add more elements to my work. The platform I’m most active on is Twitter and since I’ve begun sharing my work I’ve made some of the closest friends I’ve ever had, shared new experiences and grown as a person. This being the case I want to meet more people and experience all I can. Lastly, since sharing my art online and starting NFTs a lot more things have moved into the scope of possibility for me, things I never thought I’d be able to think about prior. I want to see just how far I can go doing art.
ONE37pm: When do you feel most inspired to create?
Silky Sammy: I feel most inspired to create when my ideas challenge me. I love feeling like I’m pushing myself and when I can recognize my growth. A lot of my work takes me long periods of time to complete and it's exactly for these reasons, I purposely do art that I know will be difficult for me to bring to life. Even though this is the case at the end of the process I’ve always grown some, taught myself a new technique or I’ve had my next challenging idea so it works for me.
ONE37pm: Who are 3 artists you have your eyes on at the moment?
Firstly, Mediolanum666 (@mediolanum666), he is a fellow procreate user and I truly feel his work is one of a kind. Everytime I see his creations I’m always struck with awe because I don’t know how he can create the things he does. One of my favorite feelings when I see artwork is wonder and I always feel that looking at Mediolanum’s work. I also love Ram Dezin (@ram_dezin), he uses both digital and traditional mediums and everything he puts out catches my eye. Such a wide range is displayed in his artistic capabilities. Whether it be sketches, paintings or digital drawings I always enjoy looking at the themes and craftsmanship that he makes a part of all his work. The last artist I’ll mention is Virda Khalid (@virdakhalid), her work is also both traditional and digital. Virda’s work is so unique and satisfying to look at and I love seeing what characters or scenes she will draw next. Her use of colors and shapes always makes her art stand out to me.