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Mar 20

Scott asks the question: When Did You First Start Drawing?

Penelope Dullaghan from Scott Hull Associates Tantrum

When did you first start drawing? When did you first know that you were meant to be an artist? Do you believe destiny was involved? This is the question we posed to our artists for this month’s feature.

There is a common vein that runs through all of the Scott Hull artist’s earliest remembrances….they all knew at a VERY young age they were meant to illustrate. It was instinctual, a gut feeling. A way of life they felt viscerally led to follow. And follow it they have—straight to a successful career in a job we all would hope to have. A job that fulfills their deepest passion.

Lisa Ballard My first memory of artistic accolades was in 2nd grade. My teacher Miss Dillman submitted my first work of art, which was the Statue of Liberty, into a coloring contest and I won first place: a $50.00 savings bond. (I still have it! Like the first dollar bill that a bar makes.) I was presented the award at a ceremony that my parents and my teacher attended. I was hooked from then on.

My favorite part of any job is actually getting it. It is always a competition and there is no better feeling than someone recognizing your talent and saying that you are the best one for the job.

The biggest inspiration that got me into graphic design was my oldest sister Kathy, who went to UC DAAP six years ahead of me. When I saw what she was doing there, I knew it was what I wanted to do (I was in 8th grade at the time).

Andrea Eberbach
I knew when I was 8 or 9 I was meant to be an artist. My fourth grade teacher drew a rabbit on the blackboard. I drew the same exact rabbit on my paper. I had an epiphany in that moment and realized–I was an artist! From that point on, there has been many influences artistically; my first was C.W. Anderson, for his beautiful art depicting horses. I also love Gauguin, Paul Klee, Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, the list goes on and on. It’s a very eclectic mixture. I don’t necessarily believe in destiny …I believe in following and molding your inclinations…. when you are on the path of your life, details unfold.

Larry Moore When I was a kid, maybe 8 or 9, my brother was in college and was studying art. He was quite good and was my oldest brother, so I wanted to be like him and took up the drawing thing. He went in another direction and I went with art. It was pretty clear from the beginning that this was my life’s choice. Lot’s of positive feedback and encouragement from family and friends kept my interest and focus on art. Another factor was my dad who worked in the space program introduced me to an illustrator who worked for N.A.S.A. He was doing a rendering of what the LEM and astronauts would look like when they were on the moon. That further clinched the deal.

I don’t believe in fate, destiny or that life/God/universe is trying to teach us something. I believe that we are generally intelligent enough to learn lessons from what obstacles are placed in our path. Too bad the lessons don’t transcend to the next generation. However, I am grateful every day for what I have and the opportunities that I have had that many, many haven’t had. Luck of the draw, I guess.

Geoff Smith I knew I wanted to become an artist –illustrator when I would draw Hot Wheel cars, then I would show my friends and they would play me 3¢ a piece to gave one for themselves.

Kind of like now… except I’m not in the third grade.

John Maggard My interest in art was not gradual, nor a lightning blot — it just always was. There was never a time I can remember not drawing, or not wanting to draw, and/or meant to be an artist. I do remember thinking as a very young kid (probably while I was in school one day) how cool it would be to be in jail and have nothing else to do but draw…I have since revised that view for any number of reasons.

I saw the wildlife artist Ray Harm at a state park somewhere in KY while camping — a huge memory and influence, if for no other reason than to show one could make a living doing this, but his paintings were and are very cool. I drew and painted birds the rest of that summer — the more detailed the better. John Negy also had a painting show on TV that I never missed, predating the happy little trees to come later.

Then came the comic books, which became an obsession around 1963 when I discovered a secret cache belonging to my cousin, and just before my next obsession named the Beatles. In the Comics world, Steve Ditko was king. I also followed Jack Kirby, Gene Colin, and Bob Kane. Life Magazine proved influential to lots of us young artists, with their articles on the body and other scientific subjects being so spectacular. I wasn’t looking at a lot of fine artists at the time, but in looking back always responded to Grant Wood and NC Wyeth, their art was everywhere. Everything else was in museums and not cool until sometime in college — what a moron I was.

I think your destiny can be consciously changed, so maybe that makes it something else.

Von Glitschka When I was 5, I won a “Hot Wheels” coloring book and realized if I did cool art I got cool toys. Nothing has really changed since then. I credit comic books to part of my younger influence, and it has been a steady stream of creative energy since then.

Mark Riedy It was in Kindergarten. The teacher broke out the “colored ” chalk, which must have been a big deal in 1962. Each student had to draw an entry in a parade. She must have had some foreknowledge of my talents because I got to draw the lead entry– a man on a horse. Some years later, Readers Digest hired me to illustrate a story about Roy Rogers, a man on a horse. Good thing I practiced ahead of time!

Mar 18

Mikey Burton Joins TenThousand Hours Talking About Art & Commerce

A podcast interview

Scott Hull Associates Mikey Burton photo

Excited to share a podcast with Mikey Burton joining Grant and Vince to talk about the nature of art & (I would say “with” or “loves”) commerce—what’s the balance between commercial work and purely “artistic” work? Can they live happily together? Are they directly opposed? Business, art, what?!

Mar 13

Tremendousness Satisfys the Urge with TED-ED

Tremendousness continues our collaboration with TED-Ed with the first in a series of health videos focused on our internal organs, HOW DO YOUR KIDNEYS WORK? Seems like we never appreciate a good pair of kidneys ‘ till they’re gone.

See how Tremendousness can take data, provide an interesting story and give the story strong visuals to honor these all-important organs.

Don’t forget, the next time you have the urge to go, thank a kidney.

Mar 6

Larry Moore Behind the Art of “Surfology”

an interview with Larry Moore

Larry Moore from Scott Hull Associates Surfology: Painting a life on Coca Beach

What inspired you illustrate a series on surfing?
It was actually a show about growing up in Cocoa Beach. I called it “Surfology” because beach culture was the bulk of my youth.

So you surf. Where is your favorite spot to catch a wave?
I surf where I grew up, Cocoa Beach Florida. It’s so great to be in the water on a fun day. Nothing like it.

How did you come up with the idea for each painting?
All of the paintings were based on the memories of growing up in a coastal town, the surf vehicles (hitchhiking south for waves), the surf girls, space program (my Dad was with NASA) and memories of surfing. Each one tells a little story of my life.

Sounds like these are inspired by a passion close to your heart.
They are s a piece of me. I did a closing art talk for the show and explained the story behind each and sold 14 paintings.

Final question. These paintings seem to be inspiring some great illustration work. Who’s your top dream clients?
One that chooses me for what I do and allows me to play and solve. Trust is key. We want to succeed for them as much as they do.

Larry Moore from Scott Hull Associates Surfology of girl on beach and VW van big wave

Larry Moore from Scott Hull Associates Surfology of VM Beetle on beach

Larry Moore from Scott Hull Associates Surfology VW van and the big wave surfer

Larry Moore from Scott Hull Associates Surfology tropical surfer

Feb 27

Meg Hunt Helps Jamie Oliver Magazine in the Garden

An interview with Jamie Magazine art director Adrienne Pitts

Meg Hunt from Scott Hull Associates for Jamie Oliver magazine

Not every world-famous chef would have a Gardening section in his magazine, but Jamie Oliver certainly does. In fact, he has his own gardener – Peter Wrapson – and Jamie Magazine art director Adrienne Pitts was determined to reflect Peter’s passion for gardening with the perfect illustration.

“Gardening appears in the front of the magazine with a lot of newsy items surrounding it,” she explains. “As such, the pages really need to sing out – be colorful, attention grabbing, and beautiful.” And, because of the broad range of topics covered from issue to issue, Adrienne needed an illustrator who could illustrate not only food, but also “plants, people, activities, inanimate objects… The list goes on!” With Meg Hunt, she knew she’d found her girl.

“This section has become an ongoing job for Meg, as her colorful style and attention to detail really combine to create illustrations that jump off the page. Some of the topics are a little tricky, but she always comes up with charming and detailed works that enhance the words on the page. She’s a delight to work with and strengthens the visual brand of our magazine.”

Meg Hunt from Scott Hull Associates for Jamie Oliver
Meg Hunt from Scott Hull Associates for Jamie Oliver magazine

Meg Hunt from Scott Hull Associates for Jamie Oliver


Meg Hunt from Scott Hull Associates for Jamie Oliver
Meg Hunt from Scott Hull Associates for Jamie Oliver magazine

Meg Hunt from Scott Hull Associates for Jamie Oliver magazine
Meg Hunt from Scott Hull Associates for Jamie Oliver magazine