WHO // SCOTT BIGNELL
WHAT // STUDENT: ANIMATION & GRAPHIC DESIGN
WHERE // PERTH, WA
WHEN // 2013 – PRESENT
WHY // PASSION
Born on NYE 1990, my early days of creativity began with crayons, Lego and colouring books from the local market. Today I play with a wide range of creative skills and software including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Mudbox, typography, future trends, new media and advertising.
Prior to this, I invested my creative energies towards becoming an English teacher before deferring my course to pursue the open road. From Transylvania to the deepest, darkest jungles of Peru, I spent a solid 9 months travelling the world with my younger brother. Throughout this period, I spent a great deal of time doodling in my notebook, sacrificing pages to people from all walks of life. This included Chilean relatives of my sister in-law, some French drinking buddies en route to Bucharest, and a toothless tuk-tuk driver in northern Thailand, as well as many others. Perhaps it was the universal language of my art that inspired the final push to switch career paths, and pursue something that I’d always wanted to do: a career in the creative industries. In particular, animation and graphic design.
Since returning to Edith Cowan University in 2013, I’ve explored the latest technologies in this field while staying strong to my roots – great drawings, an active imagination, attention to detail, and a creative approach to using digital software.
Why do we create? What do we get from drawing, designing or creating an animation, other than the finished piece? For me, my creative philosophy can be summed in the words of a man that placed his dreams in the hands of a mouse.
As stated by Walt Disney in 1955, “animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment that can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world”
Right on, Walt. Personally, there’s no greater satisfaction than bringing a smile to the face of someone viewing my work. This finest form of flattery often comes in the casual remark of a stranger watching me draw. It seals my opinion that cartoons can bring pleasure to people of all different ages, races, religions, and beliefs.
As a creative practitioner, I also believe there is no substitute for the simple pleasure of placing pen to paper. Despite this, I am an explorer and by nature driven to explore, always curious about new technologies and techniques. This driving force has led me forward, opening new doors, and trying new things. Each project is a chance to explore, a method of meditation and concentration that allows me to breathe life into my creations.