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Sam Gilbey

Pop Electro


Portrait price
£ 716

Previous portrait example by Sam Gilbey


About Sam Gilbey

Sam Gilbey

Pop Electro

Hand-rendered realistic digital paintings.

His work has gained a following of people who are inspired by his depictions of the people and characters that they love. He can often be seen presenting prints of his work to the actors and directors of the films that provide the source material for his illustrations..

Pop culture has been a long-term inspiration to Sam Gilbey. This ongoing passion has led him to develop an individual style that reflects the iconic people, characters, and franchises that have become so beloved. Each facial detail is diligently rendered by hand in his realistic digital paintings.

Film, TV, and comics are a few of the many places that have featured Sam’s work with clients such as Aardman and Picturehouse Cinemas. Other clients include Playstation, Twitter, Vertigo Films, Virgin, Wired, and Working Title.


Sam Gilbey’s creative style stems directly from the acrylic painting techniques he was using in his teens and early twenties. Moving on to using a Wacom pen and tablet has allowed him the efficiency of speed and flexibility, although he does occasionally return to the canvas when he can.

Sam usually begins his work in Photoshop, planning out his images with loose sketches that become a faint guide. Layers are then slowly built up one by one as you would when working with paint on canvas. While the majority of his painting is done in Painter, he returns to Photoshop to composite the final sections and add effects when needed.

While his style using reference, Sam is focused on capturing the likeness in his portraits, without being interested in them being necessarily  photorealistic. The individual marks that shine through and show the craftsmanship behind them are part of the final aesthetic that he finds satisfying.


  • Select your artist and choose from a variety of customisation options.
  • You will be able to indicate the number of sitters in your portrait, its size, number of copies, and the type of material to be printed on.
  • Upload your favourite photos and we will help you to pick the right one to use.
  • Securely pay online via Sagepay using a range of payment methods.
  • Give feedback on the work in progress and review a digital proof before the final product is shipped.
  • Received your portrait direct to your door.


How to provide photos

  • Choose your favourite photos - the more the better! We will help you choose the best one to use.
  • Easily upload photos by dragging and dropping the files or selecting them from your computer.
  • Clear, well-lit, high resolution images are best. Photos taken by webcams or phones with a low megapixel resolution tend not to work as well.



We deliver all over the world via FedEx.


Our Printed Portraits are bespoke, commissioned pieces of art and are as such non-refundable. However, we take every precaution to ensure that you are completely satisfied with the end product. You will be sent a digital proof to review before the final print is made and any prints damaged in transit will be reprinted and dispatched.

Sam Gilbey

Pop Electro


Portrait price
£ 716
Commission a bespoke portrait by internationally recognised illustrator Sam Gilbey, inspired by your photographs, delivered straight to your door in 2/3 weeks. The perfect gift or one-of-a-kind artwork for your home.

£246 +£369 =£615




£ 615

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