Natasha Garcia; Pridetime Reporter
Senior Sam Sumra is a gender queer student artist who lives in Bridgeport and studies Arabic in CGS. He's been drawing for a little under a decade. He when asked, was excited and ready to share his artistic experiences and influenced with all of you lovely Pride Time blog readers.
Q: What’s your name?
A: Sam Sumra
Q: What grade are you in?
A: Senior year.
Q: What first sparked your interest?
A: My interest in art was sparked when i was about 9 or 10, when my parents bought me a pack of one thousand crayons.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
A: I get my inspiration from the internet, this one Greek nudist art book I got at the met, and when my surroundings are messy.
Q: How do you overcome artist block?
A: I overcome art block by going through old art, looking at other people’s artwork, and scouring the internet for any drawing challenges to get my creative juices flowing. I was in a rut actually fairly recently, but I found the spidersona art challenge and it helped me get creating again.
Q: How many art styles and mediums have you mastered?
A: I can draw cartoonist and realist and blends in between. I’ve been experimenting with oil paints, digital art and printmaking. I used to do a lot of pencil drawings and acrylic painting and bit of water color here and there.
Q: Who’s your biggest influence?
A: Georgia O’Keefe. Mostly because of one picture. She calls it abstract, I think it’s a vagina, but to each their own.
Q: What’s your end goal?
A: Probably to be either a graphic designer, storyboarder, or animator.
Q: What’s your favorite piece so far?
A: (refer to the gallery)
Q: Why do you create?
A: Because I was an anger issues kid growing up and I learned to vent my frustrations in a more constructive way and it stuck.
Q: Any final remarks?
A: Uhhh, I like to draw butts a lot.