Artist Spotlight: Stephen Scott
Stephen Michael Scott II is a self-taught freelance illustrator originally from Middletown, Ohio and currently working from Southeast Michigan. Legally blind in his right eye, he has adopted the name “Blind Coyote” and follows the coyote as his spirit animal.
Stephen specializes in imaginative, yet realistic, illustrations featuring fantastical animal creatures and characters in a variety of light-filled environments. He also enjoys creating anthropomorphic characters inspired by wildlife. An avid student of the arts, Stephen enjoys studying animal anatomy and sketching to hone his craft and improve his skills. Eager to share his knowledge, he regularly livestreams on Twitch and uploads time-lapses of his progress on YouTube providing live entertainment and instruction to curious viewers.
Stephen frequents conventions where he offers prints and merchandise of his digital works. In 2018, he will be a Guest of Honor at AnthrOhio, an annual furry convention located in Columbus, Ohio sporting a relaxed atmosphere, tons of free food, and an attendance of over 400 guests.
COLOR ME KURT: How did you first become interested in your craft, and how long have you been creating?
STEPHEN: I got into art after high school in 2011, to give me something to do. I had no job and sat at home all day. I saw some art streams and thought, "I could do that!"
CMK: What is your favorite part of your line of work?
S: My favorite part is bringing ideas to life. I love playing with color and bringing more depth to a piece through different elements.
CMK: What creation of yours is your favorite, and why?
S: I have to say my favorite piece of mine is Shaman(Spirit). It really marks a starting point for me as I dive more into more spiritual themed pieces.
CMK: Do you have any advice for those wishing to pursue a similar interest or career?
S: Start today. Start by drawing a line on a sheet of paper, scribble until you see something. Who knows what could happen. We all say we will start tomorrow, then, before we know it a year or more has passed and we lost all that time we could be improving. Look toward who inspires you, for by starting today you can inspire someone who starts next month.
CMK: Lastly, your favorite colour?
You can find Stephen on multiple social media platforms, as well as his website:
You can also support him directly through his Patreon
Author: Noelle M. B.