Steve Scott’s Illustrations Are Simply Charming

London based illustrator, Steve Scott, had always known he wanted to do something creative — but it took him some time to realize what that something exactly was. “When I was a kid I wanted to write James Bond novels,” he recalled in an interview with Thunder Chunky, “later it was to become a comic artist. In my 20s I wanted to make music and then I accidentally fell into animation while making a music video for my band.”

According to Scott, while illustration was always there, it seemed impossible to think of as a career. That was until the last decade. Now an established animation director and illustrator, his nuanced character, environment design, and storytelling have gained him reputable clientele including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Volvo, Led Zeppelin, Channel 4, and Wired Magazine.

He also featured in the New York Guggenheim Museum and the Pictoplasma Festival in Berlin. Additionally, his work has been nominated for awards at the British Arrows for Animation, the UK Music Video Awards, and the Render Yard International Film Festival. In other words: his creative instinct was right on the mark. “I don’t know if there’s a rigid approach to having a creative career,” says Scott. “For me it’s about feeling my way through this, responding to what life is throwing at me.”

“In terms of relatability it’s the old ‘extra-ordinary from the ordinary’ idea,” he notes. “I’ve never formally studied illustration so this may seem obvious but it’s been really helpful to me and changes how I look at the world around me.”

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