Category: Thoughts


How I Stay Creative

Scott Looking at his work on the wall

Creativity ebbs and flows. Life brings with it times of plenty regarding creativity and can also be peppered with dry spells.  I don't always want to create something and it's a constant challenge finding ways to be creative. The major take away from the following list: Persevere, try to surround yourself with creative individuals and make it a central part of your daily routine.

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Juror for Local Annual Awards Show

Image of the selected artists for the Washington Printmakers Gallery Small Works Exhibition

Four months ago I was approached by the Washington Printmakers Gallery to Jury the 20th Annual Small Works Competition. It's a member-run gallery in the heart of Georgetown that specializes in prints. II accepted the invitation to be the Juror this year and I had an enjoyable experience working with them and judging the artwork that was submitted from all over the country. 

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Artistic Control of Design, Promotion & Sales

Scott Hutchison Screenshot of Website Design dreamtank.com
Dear Art Entrepreneur,

Have you received a redesign or SEO (Search Engine Optimization) email from a web designer asking if you want your website redesigned or optomized for google search? Maybe you want a few new cool features for your site, or an app? I receive two - three a week, and I would suggest putting these in your spam folder and promptly ignore them.

Here is an example email verbatim: 

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Birds - Graphite Pencil Triptych

Birds - digital collage - drawing

A combination of thoughts and images showing my journey forward on the triptych called "Birds"  This image illustrates what the final piece will look like when I am finished. It is a digital collage put together with about 10 layers of images and 4 photos in photoshop.  It is my sketch and helps guide me compositionally.

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Fragmented - Digital Animation

Scott Hutchison - Fragmented - Digital Painted Animation

I have restarted a piece I began working on in 2011. It is called Fragmented. This is my first piece that is completely painted digitally. I am using a technique called Rotoscoping . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotoscoping This project contains 827 stills and each painting takes about an hour to complete. Only 827 hours? Insane! But I have an insane sleep schedule sooo… Anyways, I think it could be a killer project and have quite an impact when it’s finished.

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Flowers & Landscape in Graphite

Landscape drawing by Scott Hutchison

My process of creating is not bound by any one subject or approach. It is an honest connection within myself, the world around us and the medium I have chosen. I particularly enjoy the linear and figurative elements of foliage. Branches and pedals twist on themselves and reach through the composition.

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What to do when your art fails

Scott Hutchison's Drawing called Hold - He hates this piece.

 I have spent 20+ hours on a piece of art that frankly, needs to burn. What happened? This drawing is not in anyway what I intended it to be. It fails in so many ways. One: It is drawn sloppily. Two: It is Tacky. Three: It has a labored, overworked feel when you see it upon close inspection. Four: It poses to be more than it is, trying too hard to fit in.

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Triptych - Figure Drawings

Scott Hutchison - Triptych- Graphite Figure Drawing Triptych

Though they are unfinished I thought I would post this triptych to document my progress.  My studio space is small and therefore they were composed and drawn separately. It is important that each image carries its own weight and works by itself, however these photos help me study their appearance as a group.

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Drawing Marathon - The Art League

Scott Hutchison - Drawing Marathon Demo

As an instructor at the Art League I was invited to come to the event and do a free 2 hour drawing demonstration. I wish I had more documentation of the event and the process I used to draw this piece. The photos here are the results of the 2 hour pose.

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Identity - Social Networking Self Portrait

The Proposal:  You have my name. Or am I just borrowing yours? You see our name or use Scott Hutchison on a daily basis. People you interact with, friends, family and acquaintances all understand our name to be YOURS.

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