5 Mins, Illustration 4 years ago

Will Scobie on living in Brighton and drawing dreams.

Isaac Newton said “Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” Few people as far as we are concerned understand that better than Will Scobie.

Brighton based Will Scobie is fascinated with the versatility of the continuous line, and the stories it can develop and describe as it moves around the page.

Line drawn illustration expert Will Scobie took time out of his day to answer a couple of quick questions from us. We asked him what makes him tick and how he’s got to where he is… here’s what he said:

Could you give us 3 tips that you’d say have got you to where you are today?

  1. Working on self directed projects.
  2. Looking for inspiration everywhere, there’s beauty all around just have to take a closer look.
  3. Staying true to yourself, not compromising your creative vision.
Line drawn illustration Will Scobie

Will Scobie – Moths

Why did you feel line drawn illustration is best suited to you? What excites you about it?

Line drawn illustration to me is a visual language, communicating the unspoken. Visualising the unseen/unnoticed excites me.

What does your average day look like? How do you work and how do you get your creative ideas done?

The first thing I do upon waking is draw a picture.

I’ve got into this habit of drawing from my dreams.

Keeping a bedside sketchbook seems to produce some interesting ideas. By being closer to your subconscious your mind is uncluttered from distractions of the day.

An average day consists of black coffee intake. And keeping a daily sketchbook drawing up ideas and new perspectives either commission based or personal.

Then, I go about working them up as vectors or painting/inking them. (this is all fuelled by an eclectic electronic music playlist or some spoken word/interviews of Alan Moore, Graham Hancock or Neil deGrasse Tyson to name a few.)

Line Drawn Illustration Will Scobie

Will Scobie

How do you attract new work?

Creating personal work that pushes me to edge of my creativity. Producing something I find exciting tends to gain interest for commercial ventures.

How long have you been working with line drawn illustration and would you say it’s your career?

I’ve been working as a commercial Illustrator for five years now.

Line Drawn Illustration Will Scobie

Will Scobie – Voodoo

Whats the best advice would you give to someone starting out?

Live your creativity.


Check out more of Will's work on his site



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