Artist in res­i­dence

“My stu­dio’s more like a mad sci­en­tist’s lab,” says book illustrator Scott M Fischer.

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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.fis­

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!

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