MEET SCOTT CARROLL, ILLUSTRATOR

 As a kid I doodled quite a bit, never thinking about where it could lead. Then, encouraged by my junior high school art teacher, I followed up taking art classes in high school and all the way through college at Cal State Fullerton. I gravitated towards graphics and the rapido-graph pen.

I made my way through life designing brochures, catalogs, newsletters, ads, logos, anything I could get my hands on. I even had a few Medical Illustrations published. But I always enjoyed illustration the most and tried to keep one hand illustrating along the way.

I am in awe of all of the amazing illustrative talents always surrounding me, and am pulled forward by a desire to be amongst them. Some of my favorites include Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Inga Moore, Mort Drucker and the entire gang of idiots at MAD Magazine, and of course David Shannon.

The big push came when I enrolled in a couple of Children’s Book Illustration classes at Art Center Pasadena under the amazing instruction of Marla Frazee. It was then that I joined the SCBWI for the first time and went from getting my feet wet to diving in all the way.

Coming up with storylines and developing characters is generally more of a challenge than producing random scenes. Once the story is in front of me, the storyboarding process is probably my favorite step. Keeping true to the characters is the most challenging part.

The chance to illustrate my first Children’s Book “Jeremiah Furry Puppopavich”, written by Polly Jo Canfield and published by Xulon Press (available on Amazon), finally came along. It was quite an experience. Having it all come together and holding the bound book in my hands was quite exciting. I have now finished illustrating my own story, “Sorry Pup, Wrong Shoes”, and it is ready to be discovered and go into print. That still requires some legwork.

Normally I work in dry mediums (Prisma and pastel pencils), which are more consistent than paints and not so messy. Also Micron pens and some watercolor. But I am trying to change styles and experiment more with acrylics.

Born and raised in Whittier, California, I am now living in a one hundred year old Craftsman home with my wife and our dog Nala. I currently work part time at the Historic Whittier Art Gallery.