I’ve always had a love and appreciate for street art and artists whether its Banksy, Shepard Fairey or Space Invader. To me, street art is made specifically for the people. Not just art snobs or critics, but the every day person. Which, in my eyes, gives it more authenticity. Now of course I have a deep love for museums and all types of art whether they are high or low brow. But street art is one of my favorites because it can be made by anybody for everybody.
You all are probably aware that Doctor Who is my favorite thing in all of time and space. So it should come to no surprise how much I adore Doctor Who street art. One big difference between me and the show is if I saw “Bad Wolf” spray painted on the side of a building I’d be excited rather than terrified.
When I saw the painting of Ruby Rhod from The Fifth Element by Scott Christian Sava I began crushing hard on his Etsy shop. And to think I hadn’t even seen the David Tennant watercolor! Scott is an artist who has worked on the Casper movies, Power Rangers and even conquered his dream on being the artist for Spider-Man!
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Scott: I’ve been drawing all of my life. My biggest dream was to be the artist on the Spider-Man comic book. I graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a major in Illustration in 1991. I got into video games early on in my career and worked on several big titles. Married in 1993 and a year later, we moved to Los Angeles where I got into film. After working on the Casper movies, Power Rangers, and the like, I finally got my chance to fulfill a childhood dream…I was the artist on Spider-Man in 2002. Since then, I started my own comic book, The Dreamland Chronicles, and my wife and I (along with our twin boys) moved to Franklin, TN (just south of Nashville). I’ve taken up painting again. Trying watercolors. It’s been fun to “get my hands dirty” again.
What made you decide to start selling your artwork on Etsy?
Scott: Friends had recommended Etsy. I was selling my work on Ebay…but the 7 day limit was too…limiting.
I wanted a store of sorts…and Etsy works perfectly for that.
How would you describe your artistic style?
Scott: Well, this style is still in its infancy. I guess it’s a combination of loose watercolors with the inkwork of comic books. I’m going to keep pushing myself to see where it goes…but I’m not really using anything as a template.
Scott: So many. I love Drew Struzan’s poster work. I’m a huge J.C. Leyendecker fan. Maxfield Parrish. Norman Rockwell. N.C. Wyeth. In comics, it’s John Buscema, Winsor McKay, Steve Ditko, Alex Ross. The list could go on and on…
What artist living or dead would you want to create your portrait?
Scott: That’s a really tough one. I’ll cheat and give some options… Frank Frazetta. I could see me, sword drawn, fighting a Thark on Mars with a beautiful half-naked woman behind me. Ha ha Maxfield Parrish would have me and my family with a gorgeous landscape behind us. Norman Rockwell would tell a story of a moment of my life…all in one image. Any of these would be amazing.
What else are you a fanboy for?
Scott: I grew up on games. I love them. Still play them. Comic books are my passion. Though I can’t say I read much these days. I have lots of toys from my childhood adorning my office. I love Micronauts and Mego action figures. Hot Wheels and the like. I’m a kid. I’ll always be a kid. My 9 year old boys love that about me. My wife…well…I think she tolerates it. :)
If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Scott: Assuming I didn’t WANT to get off the island… Modern Warfare and my PS3. The Dreamland Chronicles (my own comic series) just so I could finish the darn thing. The Princess Bride. I could never be tired of that movie (though Zoolander might be a close second). Law and Order for my television show. I just keep that running all day while I work. What a great show (though I truly loved The West Wing as well).
Two of my favorite things at the moment (and in life) are Doctor Who and the video game Portal 2. Well geeks, dreams do come true! Tennant and Wheatley are the perfect mashup and it isn’t just because of their accents. Looking at this piece makes my imagination run wild, I can really see a DW episode taking place in Aperture Science. What a splendid episode that would be! Definitely a two-parter and then… oh there goes my imagination again, let me reign it back in.
The brilliant Rose Fox (yes I already asked her if her last name was really Tyler, she “claims” it isn’t) created ‘Ten and Wheatley’ and she makes a lot of other fan art from Supernatural, Good Omens and more which is featured in the gallery below. Check out the interview I had with her and read about where she got the idea for this weeks Picture of the Week, her favorite Doctor, artist and other geeky goodies. Also, Rose answers the most important question: cake or lemons? Continue reading →