Released Friday, February 17, 2012
Midnight's Dragon, by Will Scobie.
15% of the sale of this print goes to American Forests.
Will Scobie is a tea drinking, pencil scrawling, pen wielding, squeegee pulling, vector tweaking illustrator from Brighton, UK. He produces fun and unusual illustrations for design companies, publishers, advertising agencies, and other diverse clients worldwide. His work is based around the idea of the continuous line and graphic simplicity.
About the print:
I chose a dragon for this piece, because visually dragons are really inspiring to draw, being made up of lots of interesting shapes and lines. In my work, I am always aiming for graphic simplicity that incorporates different ideas, but I also try to keep a fun feeling by adding unusual details.
This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.
My work always starts with a drawing before its rendered up to a vector, or painted.
What has inspired you recently?
Recent things that have inspired me include David Lynch (I have recently been watching Twin Peaks), coffee, Haruki Murakami’s book 19Q4, the Monsters soundtrack by Jon Hopkins, and Tom Waits.
Why did you choose to pair American Forests with your print?
I chose to pair my print with American Forests because nature and the environment are so often neglected by humanity, and it is so important that we help maintain a healthy world by keeping forests alive. Aside from this, nature is one of my main sources of inspiration.
How have you seen art transform the world around you?
We are now in the digital age, so everything in the art world is a lot more accessible and instant, which can be positive in terms of discovering new artists, and getting your work seen if you are just starting out. I do feel like more traditional techniques are gaining interest, though, as people want to step away from their computers, and look at something handmade and full of character.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
One of my favourite artists is Dave McKean. He’s got such a strong imagination which he can visualise in a beautifully organic, but graphic way.
Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Genevieve Gauckler, Boris Pelcer, Raymond Lemstra, the collective Rinzen, Theory One, and Richard Perez.