Artist in residence
“My studio’s more like a mad scientist’s lab,” says book illustrator Scott M Fischer.
My studio is located in Western Massachusetts, US. Though I hesitate to simply call it an 'art studio' – because it’s more like a mad scientist's lab. I surround myself with all sorts of inspirational and terribly distracting things.
I have a love for objects that are old. And often rusty and dirty. Peeling paint and chrome surfaces are practically a prerequisite. I like to build bizarre things with them. Robots, guitars, motorcycles and bicycles. (The cars stay in the garage but they, too, are old and rusty.) My method of creation is to find a bit of this and a bit of that, and make something unique and, to my eye, beautiful. Things full of character and the all-important mojo.
And here’s the interesting thing: the same applies to my art. It’s a bit of this and a bit of that. A texture here, a paint-stroke there. This area flat and graphic, this area rendered and slick – adding mojo one flick of the brush (or stylus) at a time.
I’m a tinkerer at my very core and this is my utopia. Scott is a renowned book illustrator and cover artist for publishers including Penguin Books and Harper Collins. He’s also known for his work on series such as Halo, Harry Potter, Star Wars and the TRON franchise. Check out his work at www.fischart.com.
I stand when I work, so I built a podium to house my computer station and I even raised my art desk so I can stand at it. A brush stroke should start from your feet to your hand! This is a Cintiq 22HD on a Ergotron arm. Man I don’t know how I lived before this thing! And I made a Bluetooth keyboard stand out of a 1930s stand for a fan. That time I got three million copies of my JUMP children’s book voted into Cheerios cereal boxes! One of my best contraptions involved putting an antique bicycle seat on a space heater. As a bonus it can keep my coffee warm, and that’s important!