Welcome to my private gallery. This is a select sampling of my work as it has progressed over the years, and the art showcased here dates back to when I was seven years old. I accept commission work similar to what is featured here. E-mail me for price and details. --Ranjit (Rojay) Samra

Commissioned artwork. Thank you for waiting patiently a few weeks for me to complete this.

The fourth and final commission where all proceeds of $500 were donated to Carli Travers & Robert Birungi's charity

When I asked her what she wanted all she said was "I want ta cape". All proceeds donated to Carli Travers & Robert Birungi's charity

SFU Alumni wearing his old jersey and his old hair. All proceeds donated to Carli Travers & Robert Birungi's charity

Wine & watch loving mermaid. All proceeds of $500 from the four caricature commissions were donated to Carli Travers & Robert Birungi's charity

An absolute thrill to team up with my modern-day Yoda, Ken Steacy, to work on this year's VISAFF poster.

I've learned to stitch jpegs together in Photoshop so I thought it would be interesting to see the before and after. Proceeds donated to Carli Travers & Robert Birungi's charity

Second of two commissions that were drawn to the client's specifications before being handed off to the tattoo artist. This one has a 1950s flare.

Just to balance out The Virgin Mary Tattoo design below, here we have a Hellspawned Demon attacking an Angel. This was passed to tattoo artist, Tyler, in Mission, BC. who made a few modifications to my original.

This was commissioned as a tattoo design. The original artwork will be donated to auction, with all proceeds to benefit Carli Travers & Robert Birungi's charity This is a jpeg of the original art and the finished tattoo stitched together.

Artwork that Ken Steacy and I worked on for The Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival at a bus shelter on Robson St., downtown Vancouver. We missed the Stanley Cup Riot by a few weeks.

I was commissioned by the multi-talented Agam Darshi, to create a poster.for the 2nd annual Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) coming July 2011. The finished product was expertly colored by comic book icon Ken Steacy, in our second collaboration together. The end result is, well...... a work of art.

Agam stars in the hit show SANCTUARY. She was recently voted one of British Columbia's 10 most beautiful people (alongside Ryan Kesler & Gloria Macarenko) by TV Week Magazine. I'm proud to play her father in an upcoming episode of ENDGAME (Showcase) around mid-May.

Ken has worked for every major comic book company, and collaborated with many incredible artists and writers including Harlan Ellison and Douglas Coupland. One of his most famous covers is airbrushing Todd McFarlane's Spawn #1. Recently he completed a limited edition print celebrating the 30 year anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. Ken's been an incredible source of inspiration and I learned so much about lighting, composition and colors by working with him.

Superhero caricature drawing of Simran Sarai, this year's AWOS Champion Child.

2009 TORNADO: Personal Defense System
I created the initial design for this self defence product.

This year's annual "A World of Smiles" telethon put on by British Columbia's South Asian community raised over $400,000 benefiting BC Children's Hospital. This drawing was presented to the family of Arshdeep Sidhu, the 2009 AWOS Champion Child, in the closing minutes of the telethon. In preparing for this drawing, I had the pleasure of meeting Arsh at his Abbotsford home, along with his parents Raj and Bal and his care provider. I tried hard to convince him I was going to put him in a Wonder Woman outfit, but he wouldn't bite.

Arsh's story is both inspiring and heart wrenching given the cruel cards that Fate (and a drunken idiot named Jan Abram Hiebert) had dealt him. That story can be read here.

One of the greatest comic book inkers of all time, Josef Rubinstein, inked this for me. Joe is probably best remembered for inking Frank Miller's pencils in the Wolverine mini-series.

A dream come true having my buddy, the legendary Ken Steacy, airbrush my art. He added Conan and the backgrounds, and turned a simple drawing into a thing of beauty. This is an art lesson unto itself.

The University of California, Berkeley published one of my drawings in a textbook titled "Game Theory, Alive" by Professor Yuval Peres. Peres works for the Departments of Statistics and Mathematics at Berkley, and the drawing in question, The Lemon, was drawn way back in 1999 as a birthday gift for a friend. Someone from the University contacted me 2 or 3 years ago seeking permission to publish it, and only now have I seen it. The preface reads: "The author would like to cordially thank ... Ranjit Samra of for the lemon figure".

Commissioned to celebrate the new office opening in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. This guy loves his Walt Disney characters and the most obvious one needing braces would be Goofy.

Caricature drawn on a t-shirt for some bald guy.

Caricature commission by Andrew Salisbury for a retiring employee. Andrew is vice president and general manager of Pinnacle General Food Canada Corporation, the Canadian manufacturer of Swanson's products and a hell of a nice guy. He was grateful enough for having the art completed and Fed-Exed on such short notice, that he paid me more than my asking price. Scroll down to see Andrew's caricature below-- Hearty Bowl 2002.

Nice and simple-- commissioned pencil design.

This card is a mosaic of children representing British Columbia society. It was sent to thank all those who helped make the "A World of Smiles" telethon the success that it was, raising $346,051.00. The funds benefit the BC Children�s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. My friends and relatives sent in pictures of their family members (many of whom were treated at BC Children's Hospital) to have their individual portraits done. Thanks again to everyone who participated.

Jeevan Basra is the 2007 Children's Miracle Network Champion Child for BC Children's Hospital. This is a picture of "A World of Smiles" telethon host Atish Ram presenting my portrait of Jeevan to her, her sister Nimrit, and parents Sarb and Sandip. I'm sorry that I was out of the country at the time and missed the presentation. You can read more about Jeevan's brave story here. As Champion Child, Jeevan has been making the rounds in the media quite a bit, and even got to meet the Right Honourable Micha�lle Jean, Governor General of Canada.

Item #20 for a silent auction in Support of BC Children's Hospital. "A Night of Miracles", hosted by Sukhi Ghuman (Public Relations Coordinator for the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration and a local media personality) and Nira Arora (morning show hostess at The Beat 94.5 FM). The evening of dinner and dance was a prelude to the upcoming A World Of Smiles Telethon put on by Zindagi TV, RED FM and the South Asian community, benefiting the BC Children's Hospital. For personal reasons, BC Children's Hospital is very close to my heart and I've donated my time as a committee member and artist to this year's event-- April 29 on Shaw Multicultural Channel from 5:00-11:00pm.

The art (2 high gloss prints on cardstock) was listed at $95 and sold for $150.

2007 KUMAL
Experimenting with a Patrick Nagel/Mukai approach. Graphite, acrylic, india ink, and a touch of airbrush (something I've yet to master). I'm inherently leaning toward a "less-is-more" style, paying closer attention to the work of Steve Rude lately, and am finding a significant influence in his style. Steve in turn was influenced by Paul Gulacy (one of the nicest guys around) and "King" Kirby. I met Steve years ago and was never really a big fan of his work, but I sure am now.

Commissioned tattoo design. The tattoo itself was done at Dragon Tattoo, in Surrey. The artist there made a few modifications from the original, but the end results work.

I was recently in the running to work on a children's book by a local publisher. From 40 artists, it came down to me and an accomplished artist from Edmonton, Alberta-- I lost. Anyway here's the sample drawing that ALMOST got me the job. Not all is lost however as the publisher said that my style would mesh with the feel of the next book, so who knows. This is the publisher's rough that we all used for our sample page.

UPDATE: The book was published Feb. 2007. Here's a peek at the cover by artist Roy Geronimo.

Doug and Tom Gordon (Tommy G of WKXW 101.5 FM, New Jersey) produce a TV show, "Comedy Night School," on CBS affiliate station WKMG in Orlando, Florida that has been picked up by the National Lampoon Network. One of its features is giving unknowns a shot. Just make a tape and send it in-- These 03 drawings were featured on the 2nd season's premier show for a comedy skit featuring alien abductions. Executive producer, Doug was surfing the net looking for a "sexy alien" artist and discovered my work. Unfortunately I lost the DVD of the show that Doug mailed me so I can't put up an mpeg here.

Portrait of a fine looking pair given as a gift.

This is my high school English teacher retiring after years of service. He learned me to right good.

In memory of Joga who was taken too soon.

Last of a series of illustrations for Indian Bridal Fair, 2003 in Richmond, BC. Special thanks to Atish Ram for the television interview and for showcasing my work on "Zindagi". Atish is heavily involved with the BC Children's Hospital and I hope to donate my services for next year's telethon.

Nurse Caricature 2003
Sexy Nurse caricature commissioned for a nursing student graduate.

Scorpion Tattoo 2003
Commissioned tattoo design with an East Indian flavour to it. The scorpion stinger is fashioned into a "khunda", the symbolic sword of Sikhism .

Soccer Crest 2003
Unused and unfinished (rejected) crest design for my soccer team ... I liked it ...

Baseball Caricature 2003
Commissioned as a birthday gift for this ageless athlete. After reading Gary Martin's book on professional inking techniques I picked up a $20 Sable #01 Series brush, a flexible Crowquill pen and Magic brand ink, and applied it here for the first time. The brush worked great but the pen was a disaster.

Mehndi 2003
I was recently commissioned to showcase my artwork at The Bay department store in their ongoing effort to tap into the lucrative Indo-Canadian wedding market. This is what I drew that day while Bay shoppers looked on. This was a unique expeience for me as I'm unaccustomed to being watched as I draw. Special thanks to Neena Arora, host of the television show Zindagi for setting this up. The drawing is mostly done in 6H pencil and the henna design is in acrylic paints. Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Naomi Campbell, and Mira Sorvino have all sported mehndi, thereby fuelling a wearable-art trend.

Bridal Portrait 2003
Commissioned portrait of a new bride-- the latest in a series of illustrations with a bridal theme. This is one of four drawings recently featured on Channel-M television.

Business Card 2003
My new business card, depicting an Indo-Canadian bride-to-be, printed by Ruby at Fleetwood Copy. The only thing I hate about it is that "tattoo" is spelled "tatoo" on the back and it really, really bugs me.

Bridal Fair 2003
Advertising poster for the upcoming Indial Bridal Fair in Richmond, British Columbia. The intricate design on the hand ("posed" by a co-worker) is mehndi. This is one of my personal favourites.

Fish Symbol 2003
Commissioned silhouette design. This art is featured on a fleet of small fishing boats, baseball caps, t-shirts, etc.

Memoriam 2002
Portrait to commemorate Gerry who passed away recently.

Hearty Bowls 2002
The creator of Swanson's Hearty Bowl tv-dinner won a prestigious award for best new product. This drawing, commissioned to commemorate the award, has the frozen food creator sampling his wares. I was contacted when the original artist in Toronto fell through. Id never done caricatures before and really wasn't sure how it would turn out. I studied Jack Davis' style in my approach to coloring this piece to get the desired effect. Designer felts, pencil crayons, ink and whiteout.

Shondra 2002
Acclaimed artist Ken Steacy gave me a good talking-to and suggested I use the brush to ink my work more often, something I've been too afraid to do opting for the pen instead. I felt like I was in grade school all over again and worked very slowly to complete this with a fine brush. 9x12, graphite and ink.

Calvin & Hobbes 2002
This is a tag-team work of art by "Uncle Ranj" and his talented 13 year old niece Melissa. I did the layouts in pencil, and she outlined and colored it in crayon. This hangs prominently on her bedroom wall as our first artistic collaboration.

The Rock 2001
This is a swipe of the cover to Pro Wrestling Illustrated Magazine. It's for my niece Monhie in England, a huge Duayne (The Rock) Johnson fan. Prismacolor pencils, markers and ink.

WonderGirl 2001
Wonder Woman's kid sister all grown up. In hindsight, I think this drawing is crap.

Batgirl 2001
My two favourite subjects, babes and skimpy outfits. This was sold to a buyer in New York, and then I saw it on e-bay a few weeks later.

Greenhouse Sale Sign 2000
Advertising sign for a greenhouse produce sales centre.

Wedding Invite 1999
The 6th wedding card I've worked on, this one for my own wedding. It's a hybrid between a Sikh and Christian wedding invitation. With close to 1000 people at the reception, there are about 500 of these floating around.

The Lemon 1999
Birthday card for Sven Habermann, a used car salesman and former goaltender for the Vancouver Eighty-Sixers soccer team. He framed it and put it up in his office. Years later it was published in a University of Berkley textbook (scroll above).

The FlyBox 1999
Business card of Clem Poquiz who operates a fly-tying business in British Columbia, Canada.

Access Denied 1999
This image was in my head for over ten years before I sat down and drew it. It's the proposed design for my volleyball team's t-shirts.

Jeap Thrills 1998
I was watching the 6 o clock news a few weeks after I drew this business card. Craig of Maple Ridge's Jeap Thrills was featured as the top story. Not everyone was able to recoup their money on the stolen jeeps sold to them.

Retirement Dreams 1997
A husband's birthday gift to an undercover cop. This satire has codename "9" on duty with her binoculars, radio and knitting while she dreams of retirement. This was printed on a t-shirt.

Get Well Soon Card 1997
Photocopy of a card I drew for a sick friend. She thought the hungry vulture was a parakeet...

In 1991 I began a series of drawings depicting Mermaids. My favourite, titled Ode to the Seas, was ultimately used as a tattoo. The third time one of my designs was used as body art.

Coroner's Inquest 1995
A patient at an institution committed suicide by jumping off the roof. I provided a basic layout of the building where the incident occured so that witnesses could have a reference when providing testimony at the Coroner's Inquest.

Stephanie 1995
One of my regular models, posed for a series of photographs for me and photographer Steve. After dozens of pictures this shot, taken during a break, was my favourite. I drew a series of nudes during this period, all of which were sold.

Hungry Hungry 1995
First page of a five page children's story/song entitled Hungry Hungry. My wife, a pre-school teacher, had the pages laminated and holds them up for the kids as they sing along.

Christmas Card 1994
Before the home color copier you had to go to the printing shops. I laser-copied 15 of these and sent them to friends and family for Christmas.

Elric 1993
I had to crop much of this art to fit my scanner. After taking an airbrush course I bought all the necessary supplies, quickly sketched a Craig Russell Elric figure and began to apply what I'd learned. The painting was meant to be thrown away but as the page took shape I began adding to it until completion. Since it was originally a practice session I didn't lay the page out properly but I'm happy with the overall product particularly the sky. Acrylic, colored markers, pencil crayons, ink, whiteout and zipatone on bristol board.

Lorraine 1993
Early pencil sketch of a friend from a photo shoot with Steve from Eclipse Photography. This was an early foray into portraits and marks my first time using a range of graphite pencils, rather than the standard 2B.

Wedding Announcement 1992
My second commissioned wedding card, this was given as a wedding gift for the couple.

Wedding Invitation 1991
My first wedding invitation and I had no idea what I was doing. The drawing was rendered on typewriter paper. Overall a good learning experience.

Dinosaurs2 1990
Ten years after my first dinosaurs I came up with this painting. The shading on the rocks was painstakingly done using the period key on my typewriter.

Sexy Alien 1990
A partial swipe of a Byrne drawing, this was to be used for my business cards but it never happened. Posting this drawing here did however lead to my work being featured on a National Lampoon television show (scroll up further for more details).

Silent Knight A 1989
Silent Knight B 1989
As I began frequenting comic conventions I began meeting the artists whose work had inspired me over the years. I would listen to the critique other artists received on their portfolios, but too afraid to present my own. Klaus Janson, Paul Gulacy, Ken Steacy and Brian Stelfreeze all provided wonderful advice on improving my art, trying new techniques, encouraged me to be more confident, and convinced me to get my ass in gear and put together a sampling of my work. The result was a 10 page story titled Silent Knight. Drawing this story taught me two things: 1) comic artists have to be able to draw everything in the world and 2) I'm pathetically slow as an artist.

Criminology Handbook 1989
I was commissioned to provide the art for the Douglas College criminology handbook. Along with this cover of Lady Justice, I drew a nice back cover collage, cartoons and spot illustrations. Notice the shining metal of the scales-- I got that from George Perez.

The Other Press 1989
My college newspaper, The Other Press planned to do an issue devoted entirely to the subject of comic collecting so I was asked to submit an appropriate drawing for the cover. Representing the comic genre are Superman, The Joker, Conan the Barbarian, Starfire and Wolverine. They even interviewed me for the issue. However the comic book idea was scrapped and the drawing, still used, became nonsensical.

Brewers Softball Logo 1989
My first professional drawing. This was the emblem/logo for a local ladies softball team-- I'm still waiting to get paid.

The West Coast Experience 1989
My college was involved in a student exchange with Ottawa's Algonquin College . They presented us with some nice t-shirts on our arrival, so the B.C. organizers commissioned me to recipricate in kind. Here you have The Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney (Ottawa), leaning on some totem poles (representing the rich native heritage of British Columbia). The back of the shirt has signs pointing to various B.C. nightspots and landmarks. There were about 60 of these distributed. This art landed me my first professional work when a clothing manufacturer spotted someone wearing one and hired me to do designs for his company.

Crime & Justice 1988
This was used for a presentation on the criminal justice system. I guess back in '88 it looked cool.

In 1987 I worked on some interior drawings for the high-school yearbook. The honor of doing the cover was given to another more talented artist. The following year I was asked to provide the yearbook cover so I jumped at the opportunity. It's a re-creation of the '87 mural where the mascot's decked in a royal robe and crown. Strangers approached me for my signature in hopes their yearbook may be a collector's item (they said this to me). The original was lost and all I have is this photocopy on blue paper.

Experimental period using India Ink and brush. This one's inspired by Frazetta.

All I remember about this is that I drew it with the intention of having it published in an Amazing Heroes publication, and I inked it while drunk.

This was a short lived comic of a bratty school kid and his teacher commissioned by a newspaper editor. The jokes, with all their sexual innuendos, were presented to me and I added the art. I did about five of these strips, for a student publication. I can't remember the name of the publication and I never saw the printed version.

A life-size mural, done with the assistance of Lorraine in my graduating year of high school. This is my version of the school's tiger mascot (who was much too cuddly looking for my taste). This mural was used as a backdrop for a couple of newspaper articles: one on an up-and-coming athlete, and the other featured Canadian politician Ed Broadbent (I know, Ed who?) head of the federal NDP, posing in front of it. It was also the first time one of my drawings was swiped and used in other publications --you know you've made it when others start copying your work. It took 3 weeks to complete and stood 4 years before someone told me the school had painted over it.

This is a portrait of Tommy.

Spot illustration printed in my grade 10 junior highschool newsletter.

The final newsletter of my grade 9 year. I copied this out of a library book and was starting to get a kick seeing my work in print.

1983 CONAN
Uninked Conan drawing swiped from a Joe Jusko cover.

After Dave Cockrum-- I was 13 when I drew this. First time I ever used a brush to ink my work.

In the early 80s there was a popular local tv show called Switchback hosted by Rick Stephenson. If you phoned in you could talk live on the air, which my brother and I often did every Sunday morning. One day Rick asked viewers to send in samples of their art so I sent in three drawings depicting The Hulk (pictured here), Mysterio and Shang Chi The Master of Kung Fu. When I received a postcard saying my artwork was chosen to be aired I was ecstatic (Rick called them "spiffy"). This marked the first time my art received media attention.

I was 11 when I drew this for a grade 6 Social Studies project on the T-Rex.

I still laugh when I look at this masterpiece (9 years old). Wonder Woman turned out okay, but look what I did to Superman. I seem to have a problem getting arms proportionate as The Man of Steel's right arm looks like it's on steroids while his left is made of spaghetti. I remember trying to fix that left arm weeks later using a ball point pen-- you can see where I tried to make it bulkier. We won't even get into the face. Here's the Garcia Lopez cover I swiped this from-- you decide which is better.

Recently (2004) I provided some original artwork for a Garcia Lopez fanzine interview. The interviewer showed this drawing to Mr. Lopez and he had a good chuckle.

1977 FLASH
This is a swipe of an early Flash cover by Al Milgrom. You can see the incredible improvement in my style already.

1977 THOR
Second in a series of superhero drawings, drawn on the back of the Aquaman page. Check out Thor's arms (the crooked left one) as compared to his tree-trunk legs. He's really improved his physique since the mid 70s. Felts, pencil crayons and crayolas on cardboard.

Just before I turned eight I began a series of drawings depicting popular superheroes. This one's from a Jim Aparo cover using felts and crayons on Fruit-of-the-Loom cardboard. Notice where I re-drew the "A" on the belt. This is the oldest drawing I managed to retain over the years.