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Scott Gustafson, 1956 | Fantasy Illustrator

Scott Gustafson is an American illustrator based in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
His career has spanned over twenty-five years, and during it, he has worked as a freelance cartoonist and contributed illustrations to various magazines and children's books.
During the later years of his career, he wanted to write a story lengthier than a thirty-two page children's book.

In August 2011, his only novel Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe was published.
His art style is inspired by the Golden Age of American Illustration.
Due to this, his work has a fairytale-like appearance and many of his illustrations feature fantastical and Biblical characters and settings.


Gustafson graduated from college with a degree in animation.
Despite this, Gustafson worked as a freelance artist after college instead because he learned that working in the field of animation was more restrictive than working in the field of illustration.

When asked about this career choice, Gustafson has stated, "The opportunities of animation, in terms of subject matter and creative control, weren’t nearly as interesting or rewarding as those of illustration.
As an animator, your contribution to a given film is, by necessity, limited to whatever character you’ve been assigned.
But as an illustrator, you’re responsible for locations, sets, costumes, props, lighting, and character designs, not mention the overall mood and emotion of a given painting. It’s about the best job there is".

During his early years, he illustrated for small presses in the Chicago area and magazines.
Some time later, he received a call from New York and worked on a storybook version of Clement Clarke Moore's The Night Before Christmas a few months later.
In 1997, The Greenwich Workshop Collection released "treasures for the child in each of us".

It is a collection of three-dimensional art created by Gustafson.
Gustafson has been commissioned by various publishers and companies such as Celestial Seasonings, Playboy magazine, Saturday Evening Post, The Bradford Exchange and DreamWorks.


Gustafson has won multiple awards over his career.
He has been awarded a Chelsea Award by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists and an Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Children's Picture Book.
He has also received a Chesly Award (2005) for Best Interior Artwork and a CA Illustration Award.

Sebbene Scott Gustafson abbia avuto l’opportunità di lavorare su molti progetti nel corso della sua carriera, è nell'illustrare libri per bambini che trova la soddisfazione più grande.
Nel corso degli anni, è conosciuto principalmente per il suo lavoro di illustrazione di classici per bambini come Peter Pan, La notte prima di Natale, ed i titoli più recenti, Fiabe classiche, Filastrocche preferite da Mamma Oca, Storie classiche della buonanotte ed il suo romanzo per bambini, Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe, da lui scritto ed illustrato.

Il libro più recente di Scott, Classic Storybook Fables, è stato pubblicato da Artisan dopo due anni (e 49 nuovi dipinti ad olio) di lavorazione!
Scott Gustafson mette le storie su carta; storie raccontate non con le parole, ma con ricche immagini a colori dipinte magistralmente.

Gustafson ha vinto numerosi premi nel corso della sua carriera.
Ha ricevuto un Chelsea Award dall'Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists ed un Independent Publisher Book Award per il miglior libro illustrato per bambini.
Ha anche ricevuto un Chesly Award (2005) per la migliore opera d'arte d'interni ed un CA Illustration Award.