10 Questions with Dan Scott
1…. what medium and tools do you use to create art?
My work is all digital so I use a Mac computer and Adobe Photoshop. I have a Wacom tablet too.
2…. can you describe your creative process when making art?
Usually I’ll scour the internet and/or my image library for any reference I think I might need while creating the image. Usually this process helps me spark an idea. I’ll do several quick composition thumbnails and experiment with poses. Once I have a thumbnail I like I’ll blow it up to the proper image size and put a transparent layer over the top, kind of like a sheet of vellum or tracing paper, and do a tighter sketch over the top of it. Then I’ll do quick grayscale painting over the top of that and submit the sketch for approval. Sometimes if I’m stumped for a color scheme I’ll flip through my art reference library and see if anything jumps out at me.
3…. what helps boost your creativity?
The aforementioned art library. Like most people who enjoy great art, I have several folders of images from my favorite artists. If I need a creative boost all I have to do is flip through that and it will almost always jumpstart me. Sometimes it helps to experiment with new brushes too. It could be a brush I haven’t used in a while or something brand new.
4…. what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?
It can be tough at times but not often since I enjoy what I’m painting so much. Deadlines and bills to pay usually tend to keep me pretty motivated too.
5…. what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?
I don’t know that any artist knows the answer to that question. I sure don’t. I do know the secret to creating a good piece of art. It starts with your fundamentals. Things like composition, anatomy, proportion, perspective, color theory, etc. Then examine your favorite pieces of art and try to analyze what it is about them that appeals to you. Try to capture that in your own work.
6…. do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?
Absolutely. I’ve talked to several people throughout the years that were pretty good at art or thought it would be cool to be an artist but they ultimately found some other job. If you want to be an artist you have to have a passion for it. At that point it really isn’t a choice. It’s just something you have to do.
7…. how do you find your passion?
For the most part you either have that drive or you don’t. I think inspiration drives the passion so I always try to stay inspired and hopefully my passion for doing art will never go away.
8…. who are your favorite artists?
A list to long to type but I’ll try to list a few. From classic art I love William Bouguereau, Albert Bierstadt, and Jean Leon Gerume. From contemporary artists Michael Komarck, Kev Walker, and Jamie Jones. From comic book art Travis Charest, Esad Ribic, and Adam Hughes. I could really go on and on.
9…. do you offer workshops for artists?
I never have. I’m not saying I never would but it isn’t a goal of mine. I’ve never been very comfortable with public speaking and I feel like my work process is a constant evolution. I’d love to put out an art book some day though.
10…. if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?
Creating good art is mostly hard work and only a small portion raw talent. So practice, practice, practice!