The Artist Behind the Art: Samet’s Sublime Alcohol Marker Sketches

We are thrilled to introduce you to the incredibly talented artist, Samet Türkan, in our Meet the Artist Behind the Art blog series. Samet's journey into the world of art is nothing short of inspiring, and his passion for creating stunning portraits and animated characters is truly remarkable. Let's delve into Samet's artistic world and learn more about his creative process, influences, and the medium he uses to bring his art to life.

A sketch of a cute girl laughing, made with Artistry by Altenew Alcohol Markers

Samet’s Art Journey

Samet Türkan was born in 1996 in Istanbul, where his love for art blossomed at a young age. His artistic journey began with a fascination for drawing cartoon characters, a passion that was nurtured and supported by his family. This early exposure to art laid the foundation for Samet's future endeavors in the creative realm.

After winning a spot at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2015, Samet's artistic abilities flourished. He immersed himself in the painting department and actively participated in various exhibitions, honing his skills and showcasing his exceptional talent to the world.

A close-up of 2 sketches of the same man, colored in with two different alcohol marker sets from Artistry

His dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed, as his work started gaining recognition on social media platforms and caught the attention of prominent organizations and brands.

"My works were liked and shared by many pages such as art_dailydose, pixar, dailyart," he shared. "I started to be discovered by some big brands. And now we are working monthly and annually with various brands in my own workshop in Çanakkale, where I graduated."

A close-up of Artistry by Altenew's Red Cosmos Alcohol Markers Set

Medium of Choice

When asked about his choice of medium, Samet expressed his motivation to work with materials that allow him to showcase his art and technique best.

He highlighted the compatibility and versatility of Artistry by Altenew Alcohol Markers, emphasizing the exceptional transition between tones and the ability to create stunning monochrome pieces.

"When I started working with Altenew and used your products, I was very surprised and excited," Samet expressed. "I didn't expect such a good result. I was incredibly happy that each color has its own tones and that they are compatible with a perfect transition. I love working in monochrome."

It's evident that his choice of medium plays a pivotal role in realizing his artistic vision.

Two sketches of the same man's face, colored in with 2 different alcohol marker sets

Themes and Inspiration

One of the most intriguing aspects of Samet's art is his gravitation towards themes of loneliness. 

“I am usually inspired by loneliness. I like my work more when I am on my own.” 

He finds inspiration in solitude, often producing work that resonates deeply with this emotional undercurrent. Samet's introspective approach to art allows him to infuse his creations with raw emotion and depth, offering viewers a glimpse into the inner workings of his artistic mind.

2 sketches of a Greek god, one colored in with Artistry Alcohol Markers and one sketched with pencil

Influences and Guidance

When reflecting on the significant influences on his art, Samet credits his high school art teacher for guiding him toward a path of creativity and self-expression. It's clear that mentorship played a crucial role in shaping Samet's artistic journey, instilling in him the skills and passion that have propelled him to where he is today.

A close-up of a sketch of a smiling cute girl with red hair, colored in with alcohol markers from Artistry by Altenew

The Most Critical Skill

When asked about the most critical skill an artist should possess, Samet underlines the significance of accurate observation and mastery of color perception.

"To transfer what you see to the paper in the right proportional way, and to know which color and which tone to use where and how, to create depth where necessary, to use light well - these are the most important things."

These essential skills form the bedrock of an artist's ability to faithfully capture what they see and adeptly wield colors to breathe life into their creations. Samet's emphasis on these foundational skills underscores their pivotal role in the artistic process.

A flat lay photo of an alcohol marker sketch of a man's face, with some Artistry by Altenew alcohol marker sets

Looking Ahead

As Samet continues to carve out his artistic path, he sets his sights on delving deeper into the realm of animation. His current focus on drawing animated characters and his ambition to create an entire world of animated creations speak volumes about his unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of his artistry. 
A close-up of a sketch of a Greek God, colored in with Artistry's Sea Shore Alcohol Marker Set

“I have always loved drawing portraits and I have a portrait book coming out soon.”

Samet’s artistic journey is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and unwavering dedication. His ability to channel raw emotions into captivating portraits and animated characters showcases a depth of creativity that is truly awe-inspiring. As he continues to evolve as an artist, we eagerly anticipate the captivating works that will emerge from his boundless imagination.

A close-up shot of the same sketch of a man's face colored in with Artistry alcohol markers
We hope this glimpse into Samet's artistic world has left you inspired and eager to explore your own creative endeavors. Make sure to follow him on Instagram and check out his Patreon if you want to see more of his work. Stay tuned for more captivating insights from artists who are shaping the world of art with their unique vision and unparalleled talent.

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