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!

 
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Interview by Hugo Ross

Illustration by Gus Scott

Nov 25, 2018

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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.

....one of our tutors told us not to lose sight of the fact that we were only creating a drawing, it wasn’t the end of the world if it went wrong and to try and not be so precious of our work...
— Gus Scott

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!

http://www.gusscottillustration.co.uk/

@sugscott

https://www.squareeggstudio.com/

 
 

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