TOE Exclusive :: Scott Campbell Interview


I became more excited about humor in things and wanted to elicit those feelings of glee…

Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in San Jose, CA and spent most of my life in San Francisco. I moved to New York City a couple years ago which is where I live now!

Tell us about your education.

I went to the Academy of Art in SF for illustration. Finished in 1997 and went into video games.

What is the one book you will regret never having read?

Crime and Punishment perhaps? No desire. But never say never. I feel like I am very much missing out with that one.

What is your favorite ingredient?


How did you get interested in art?

Through coloring books and comics as a child. I liked to make my own drawings and books, creating adventures for myself. The process of each drawing was a tale in itself. I like to experience those tales still.

How has your practice evolved over the course of time?

I became exposed to many new types of art and expression in college. Not from the teachers as much as from my peers. I went to school to be a painter like John Singer Seargant and Frank Frazetta, but once there I had my eyes opened to artists like Paul Klee and Rothko and became inspired by all these other ways of thinking. I wanted to make comics like Xmen and Spiderman, but I became exposed to comics like Eightball and Yikes and that changed how I saw drawing and storytelling. I became more excited about humor in things and wanted to elicit those feelings of glee in people more than anything else. I explored watercolors, pencils, oils, gouache, acrylics…  I had stages where each were my medium of choice, but it wasn’t until I really discovered watercolor again, that I felt that excitement. So I have been working in watercolor for about 7 years now and that could change anytime. I feel like it might change soon. I don’t know.

What do you consider to be your greatest success?

I feel incredibly satisfied at the stories I am attempting to tell with my paintings. Once I discovered the pleasure in finding little moments of time in my paintings that held that kind of wonder, I felt I had found what I was looking for. For now. I like when paintings tell stories and let the viewer play them out in their minds, how they like.

If you could ask yourself one question, what would it be and how would you answer?

What kind of brush do you use?

Oh, such an easy question. I use a Princeton Cat’s Tongue #4. The greatest brush ever created.


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photo credit :: Love Ablan

January 29, 2010 9:18 am

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