Christopher Scott is from Northern Ireland but currently lives in Quito, Ecuador. He has contributed to four CAN campaigns, the latest being Vote The Environment. We asked him a few questions and here are his illuminating answers.
Describe how you became an artist.
When I was younger I was always drawing and painting. But it got to the point when I was 17 years old that I felt like I was not creating anything new with Art as I was always just copying of a photo or a scenery. So one day I turned on the computer in the classroom and there was this icon called Microsoft Paint. I opened it and started messing about with the features and 3 hours later everyone in the classroom had surrounded me and was asking "how did you do that?" From that day, [I started becoming more interested in] digital art and Graphic Design as a medium more suited to communicate my new visuals and ideas to the world.
What’s your connection to the cause of the campaigns you've submitted to?
With all the campaigns from CAN I always try to find that personal connection to a certain part of the campaign. Without this connection it is impossible for me to create good work.
Some of Christopher's submissions to CAN campaigns. Click to see bigger versions.
Where do you get inspiration and tell us about your process: Do you sketch first?
Generally I start by investigating to get a good understanding of the topic. Then I would start brainstorming by simply writing down some words and phrases that seem important. This would then evolve into visual concepts and messages. Finally I would decide what is the best way to create the best idea whether that be Digital or Non-Digital. Sounds simple right? (It is not)
What are you working on these days when you’re not designing for CAN?
Currently I am a Professor of Graphic Design at the Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial so helping the students develop to become Graphic Designers for the future takes up most of my time. At night I work mostly on my new project called 'Poster Poster' which is an online community that celebrates the power and influence of posters on our culture. Then on the weekends I make my own posters for biennials, competitions, invitations, and personal reasons.
What do you plan to do your proceeds from CAN?
I would love to use the money to print some of my posters to send to my great friends/fans around the world.
You can see more of Christopher's work on his website.
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