Our featured Zoopper this week is Scott DuBar, a freelance illustrator based in Charlottesville, VA. Scott is a graduate of VCU School of the Arts where he received his degree in Communication Arts magna cum laude. Scott’s work covers a wide range of lifelong interests including old style cartooning, surrealism, humor, as well as issues concerning human rights and the environment. Scott was recently one of the winners in the Mike’s Harder Tiger’s Blood: Design the Next Can project, check out his winning submission and read our interview with Scott below!
Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.
I’ve been an illustrator for about five years, focusing primarily on editorial and children’s illustration, as well as developing my own comic book series. I also do some graphic design on the side.
What brought you to the Zooppa community?
I was fortunate to have been contacted by a representative from Zooppa who had seen my portfolio online and thought I would be a good fit for this contest. Turns out she was right!
What do you like most about crowd sourced film contests?
I think for me it is the opportunity to work outside of my normal style. My portfolio is geared towards cartoony editorial and children’s illustration, so if an art director from Mike’s Harder were to evaluate me based on my existing portfolio, I doubt they would have hired me for the job. With a contest like this, the judges are only looking at the piece I submitted.
Name 3 artists that have influenced your work.
Bill Watterson, Jon J Muth, and Charles Addams, just to name a few.
Where did you go to school? How has your education influenced your illustration?
I went to Virginia Commonwealth University. They have an excellent illustration program where I had the privilege of studying under the likes of Sterling Hundley, Tin Salamunic, and Alex Bostic. It’s also where I got to attend lectures and art demos from Anita Kuntz, Yuko Shimizu, and the legendary Syd Mead. I believe VCU instilled in me a strong work ethic, and gave me a solid foundation upon which I could build my own successful career.
What is your favorite medium to create with?
I love Photoshop! And my Wacom tablet! However, I still do most of my work on paper first. I’m a huge fan of Silver Age comics and I love taking the time to work on my inking skills.
Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?
I try to devote my Saturdays to spending time with my beautiful wife, Vidya.
Choose 5 words to describe your art.
Funny, creative, accessible, dynamic, animated.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on a children’s book for Belle Isle Books, a small publisher in Richmond, Virginia. It’s my first published book, so I’m pretty excited!
What drew you to participate in this campaign?
The brief really sold me on this contest. I’ve always enjoyed Mike’s branding and felt this was a great opportunity to stretch myself as an illustrator.
What is one piece of advice you would give to your fellow Zooppa community members?
Treat contests as an opportunity to improve yourself, to challenge yourself to do something you might not normally do.
10 years from now, where will we see you and your art?
At the red carpet premier of Pixar’s adaptation of one of my graphic novels (that I’m currently developing)! Or at the very least, wherever fine children’s books and graphic novels are sold.