Steven Scott's Psychedelia in Illustration

Posted at 9 pm on December 29, 2010 by

Posted in: Digital Illustration, Photoshop

Bringing a modern digital spin to Beatles-like psychedelia, Steven Scott creates gorgeously coloured images rich with detail. His preference for the digital means his busy images are pared down to simple lines and clean, pure colours. He took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Ape on the Moon about his work and inspiration.

What attracts you to digital rendering rather than using more traditional media?

Probably a mixture of love of the layer function and the undo key. I just like how working digitally frees me up to experiment . . .

Which piece of work has presented you with the biggest challenge?

Its always the same challenge, starting with nothing in front of you and trying to make something out of it.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

An animation that I directed was shown at the Guggenheim in October, so that was a big highlight, but I was also really pleased to create an animation for Led Zeppelin when they played live few years ago.

Quite a few of your pieces seem to have a psychedelic look – what attracts you to that?

I think its probably something to do with seeing ‘yellow submarine’ at a very young and impressionable age. Plus I grew up owning this great Beatles album with a very Push Pin style album cover. Fantastic imagery, bold colours, strong designs, whats not to love.

What are your goals for the future?

There are loads of things I’d like to achieve. At the moment I’d like to get a kids book published, have an exhibition plus I’m working with illustrator Will Sweeney and Vernon Chatham, one of the writers on South Park, to create a warped far future sci fi series.

© Steven Scott 2010