Scott Gustafson's earliest artistic ambition was to become an animator. But by the time he entered high school, he became acquainted with artists from the "Golden Age of Illustration," and great illustrators like N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and Arthur Rackham opened a door onto a world of beautiful images that continue to inspire him to this day.
Lingering dreams of making animated films, however, led Scott to major in animation at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. It wasn't until after leaving art school that the possibility of a career as a freelance illustrator began to truly appeal to him.
Over the nearly thirty-five years that span his career, he has had the opportunity to fulfill commissions for a number of varied clients and publishers such as Celestial Seasonings, Playboy magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, The Bradford Exchange, Dreamworks and The Greenwich Workshop.
Some of Scott's illustrated books include The Night Before Christmas, Peter Pan, Nutcracker, as well as two original titles, Animal Orchestra and Alphabet Soup. His book of Classic Fairy Tales, released in the fall of 2003 by The Greenwich Workshop Press, was awarded a Chesley award for best interior book illustrations from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
In the fall of 2007, Scott's Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose, was released as a companion book to the fairy tale book by The Greenwich Workshop Press, featuring over 45 color illustrations. This book won a Silver in the category of Best Children’s Picture Book by the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
He also has tried his hand at writing and illustrating, and his first novel, Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe, was released by Simon & Schuster in August, 2011.
Scott's latest book, Classic Bedtime Stories, was released in the fall of 2014 by The Greenwich Workshop Press, but is now being published by Artisan. The eight classic tales are accompanied by fifty, full-color illustrations, and the book took Scott about two years to complete. The book has received recognition by The Society of Illustrators in their 2015 Original Art Exhibit, was chosen as a 2015 selection for the Illinois Reads program, has won an Indiefab Book of the Year Gold Award in picture books, a Moonbeam Gold award for picture books, and also won a silver award in the Spectrum Fantastic Art 22 book category for an interior illustration.
Scott was also extremely honored to have been awarded the 2015 Grand Master Award at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Exhibition in Kansas City.
Currently, Scott is working on a new book of tales to be a companion book to Classic Bedtime Stories, tentatively titled "Storybook Fables." Published by Artisan, it is due to be released in the fall of 2017. Featured stories will include "The Ugly Duckling," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and several other childhood favorites.
Scott is open to the idea of personal commissions if time allows. Please contact us for more information.