We asked NYC-based Samantha Dion Baker about sketch journaling, her new book, and morphing her passion into her career.
Admired by over 60,000 Instagram followers and clients around the world, her distinctive style of artmaking, which she describes as “playful storytelling with words and pictures,” showcases the interplay of her work in typography, design, and illustration.
What do after-school snacks, paying bills and a much-needed glass of wine have in common? These ordinary daily tasks and rituals are all things documented in artist Samantha Dion Baker’s sketchjournal.
Each journal entry posted to her account is a combination of drawing and writing about Samantha’s interests and everyday life, whether she is sitting on the sidelines of her sons’ soccer games or strolling through a New York City art gallery or traveling abroad to Paris.
Her discipline and watchful eye for detail ground her daily drawings into a beautiful, organized, peaceful space. I love following her work everyday on Instagram — it’s mesmerizing! We talk about hard work, about politics and privilege, and about connecting with others through art.
Baker’s Instagram is largely used to document the pages from her daily sketch journal, which feature phenomenal sketches and glorious handwriting to accompany it. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own sketchbook, look no further.
After seeing this illustrated diary from Samantha Dion Baker, you’ll want to step yours up a bit. And you can, with the Sketch Box Set. You’ll see it pop up in Baker’s Instagram feed where she shares videos of her watercolor illustrations.