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Vicky Scott is a freelance illustrator based in Brighton. She makes retro and quirky paper collages and drawings, inspired by nature, cakes and the 1920's fashion.
She’s worked on a diverse range of projects including greetings cards for Paperchase, an album cover for Stereovenus and a huge paintings on a life sized model of a baby elephant for the Elephant Parade charity.
Her illustrations are created using a variety of techniques including drawing, paper collage, paint and Photoshop.
Q: Do you consider yourself a creative person? Please explain your answer :)
A: Of course! I come up with all the ideas for my illustrations (and create them too out as paper-cuts!) I think you need to be a creative person to be any kind of artist who creates work from scratch.
Q: If you could change one aspect of our society through your work, what would it be?
A: Very tricky to narrow it down to one (and I tend to try to use my illustration work as escapism from the real world too) but animal cruelty and environmental issues are something I feel quite strongly about and feel my illustration style would lend itself well to engage the viewer with this kind of theme.
Q: Do you strive to be unique in your creative endeavors? What is your favorite part of making illustrations?
A: I do, which is why I started making my illustrations into paper-cuts, rather than exclusively using Photoshop or Illustrator. I like the wonky edges, mistakes and textures you get with collage, which are more difficult to achieve on the computer. I love when I've got an idea and have started to cut the design out of bits of paper. It's quite relaxing really (until I drop a piece!)
Q: What traits, if any, do you think that creative people have as compared to people who are not creative?
A: That's hard to say, most people I know are creative in some way! But I do notice creative types will all of a sudden drift off as you are talking to them and you realise they have just come up with an idea!
Q: What is your artwork you are most proud of?
A: Really hard! I always love the last piece I've created as it's fresh to me. (See my Alice in Wonderland poster) But I am very proud of the giant murals I have painted for charities (Wild in Art, Elephant Parade) because it felt great to help out a great cause and see so many people interacting with my artwork too.
Q: What is your favorite color? Does this color describe your as a person? Please explain.
A: Purple. I'm not sure but I guess purple is a little eccentric.
Q: Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?
A: Yes I have and still do! You just have to pick yourself up and start drawing again and find something to get excited about. There's not really any way round it or you just give up.
Q: If your creative works had an odor, what do you think they would smell like? Why?
A: I've not been asked that one before! I think they'd smell like a forest as most of my illustrations have some kind of foliage in them. Or cake, I do draw quite a lot of cake too.
Q: Are you a fan of cartoons? If so, what is your favorite one?
A: I loved watching cartoons on TV as a kid (and sometimes now too). You can't beat the Simpsons for the humour that works for both adults and children.
Q: Do you ever create hidden meanings or messages in your work? Explain please :)
A: My illustrations generally have hidden details rather than messages. The more you look at one of my illustrations the more details and little stories you'll see. They usually involve some kind of animal!
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