Paper, scissors and oil pastels In Gus Scott's Shared Studio Space
Gus talks about his studio pals, not stressing… ‘it’s only drawing’ and playing footy!
Interview by Hugo Ross
Illustration by Gus Scott
Nov 25, 2018
VM: Hi Gus, thanks for agreeing to talk to us about your creative process. Let’s start at the beginning; where did you study?
GS: I studied Illustration & Animation at Kingston University
VM: What was your defining experience there?
GS: I'm also part of a collective called Square Egg studio, and we draw using paper, scissors and oil pastels to cut out shapes and create weird and fun characters. Its a really fun way of working, and really helps you loosen up and get creative.
VM: What are your favourite ways to collaborate?
GS: I love collaborating with the guys I work with at Square Egg, it’s just such a fun way to work and the images we create are normally really strong because we have such a good time whilst we are working. At Square Egg we also run workshops with kids and adults, based on collaborative creativity. It’s really fun working with a group of 60 different people, and creating a huge mural in only a couple of hours.
VM: How do you seek inspiration and how do you document it?
GS: I guess I just keep my eyes peeled for inspiration all around me and document it on my phone. I have a lot of strange photos of road signs and food packing from other countries on my camera roll.
VM: What is over the horizon? What’s your next project?
GS: I've got a few things coming up, a really exciting project which is a graphic novel for children based in the near future in London... Square Egg have a few really exciting installations/residencies potentially lined up as well across the country but I can't mention where until they are confirmed!
VM: How long do you work? Can you talk us through your working day?
GS: I'll normally get into the studio at about 08:45. That gives me enough time to get a coffee before I start work! Then I work until about 5 or 5:30. Its normally juggling between emailing and drawing, but if I need a break I can distract myself by annoying my mates that I share the studio with. I'm probably not very good for their productivity but they haven't kicked me out yet.
VM: What do you do to remedy writers/designers block?
GS: The studio is right by Arnold Circus, so I go for a stroll round there if I need to clear my head. I play football fairly often and brew beer with friends in a brewery down in Bermondsey which is a good laugh too!
VM: Cheers Gus!