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ssavaart · 23 hours
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Fiore I did this back in 2019 just to kind of refresh my watercolor skills after dabbling in gouache for a while. I think it kinda would make a nice wraparound book cover. Right?
Stock photo reference by https://www.deviantart.com/daniellefiore
Watercolor and Ink on 12x16 inch cold press watercolor paper
Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥ Scott
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ssavaart · 2 days
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Happy Juneteenth! I had a piece of scrap paper and thought I'd doodle on it this morning and this is what happened. I was asked to scan in the inks before I painted it so others can color it in. You can find this and other coloring pages on my site. https://www.ssavaart.com/portfolio-1 Enjoy
Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥ Scott
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ssavaart · 2 days
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The Dreamland Chronicles Back in 2007, I was a guest at the American Library Association in Chicago and they needed me to make a poster for my graphic novel series The Dreamland Chronicles.
This is what I came up with.
It took me 13 years to finish the series… and I miss Dreamland so much.
You can still read it online at thedreamlandchronicles.com
Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥ Scott
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ssavaart · 3 days
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Maharani
A little painting I did based off of a photo from Sarachemet back in 2019.
Gouache and ink on 16 x 6 inch watercolor paper
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ssavaart · 4 days
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Ziegfeld Follies
Painting inspired from an old photo of the Ziegfeld Follies Gouache on 12x16 Aquabord 2017
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ssavaart · 5 days
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Back when my movie Animal Crackers was due to be released on Netflix, I got to meet with Nabisco/Mondelez about a partnership with their Barnum's Animal Crackers and I pitched them the idea of letting me paint the box cover for the cookies.
This is what I sent them.
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For as long as I could remember... the animals on the box of Barnum's Animal Crackers were in cages.
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And, from what I could find... it had been like that for nearly 100 years.
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I never liked that. And I had hoped they would consider using my art where the animals were free and not in cages.
Well... they didn't use my art... BUT... they (with some prodding from PETA too) change their art to let the animals free eventually.
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And we were SO close to having our film on the boxes too... they sent me this as a mock up
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But Netflix didn't want it and that's the end of my story.
(I still would have loved to have had my painting on the box art, though)
Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥
Scott
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ssavaart · 6 days
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I think I'm a Hobbitovore....
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ssavaart · 8 days
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Hope: The Harvey Milk Speech as Read by Ian McKellen
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ssavaart · 9 days
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My friend Ellen sent me a pic of her cat Asher.
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But all I could see was...
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...an Elephant Unicorn!
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ssavaart · 9 days
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On Being Invisible...
I posted a Short yesterday about joining the Cara app and then suddenly feeling "invisible" again.
I did this because... as artists... we bare our soul to the world every time we make art and put it out there for all to see.
It's an incredibly brave thing we do and it leaves us feeling REALLY vulnerable and alone if no one sees it.
I know I have over 3 million subscribers across my socials and I have been blessed with more praise and love than anyone deserves.
And I am eternally thankful for it (though I still don't believe I'm worthy of it).
BUT.... all it takes is for a new app like Cara to come out and suddenly... I'm that invisible, shy, and insecure kid from high school all over again.
And... I wanted to share that vulnerable feeling because I know that we ALL have that. We all feel invisible sometimes.
Making art is a very brave thing we do. And even someone with millions of followers and 5 decades of experience feels that insecurity. That anxiety.
You are not alone.
I'm there with you.
Let's be brave together.
Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥
Scott
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ssavaart · 13 days
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Scott! I’m an incoming college freshman going in for an art degree. What’s the best advice you can give to a little guy like me?
PS. Thanks for being so inspiring to me! :)
Hi. I don't know if this is the "best advice", but this is what I would tell 18 year old me if I could go back to 1987...
I know you like comic books and you want to be the artist on Spider-Man one day. But... use this time to learn about Art Nouveau and Impressionism and all of the OTHER wonderful kinds of art in the world. Also, I know you love ONLY colored pencils right now. And you're REALLY good at it and you want to make a good impression so you want to use a medium you know best.... BUT... take these 4 years to learn painting. Try new mediums. Experiment. Grow.
Don't look at the next 4 years like you HAVE to get good grades and you HAVE to make good art. Look at the next 4 years as a chance to finally focus ONLY on art and get exposed to other artists and styles and techniques.
Use this time to expand your worldview. Play. Have fun.
Your art can grow SO much if you just step out of your comfort zone and let yourself TRY something new.
That's what I would tell my 18 year old self in 1987 going to the Academy of Art in San Francisco.
I think I would have learned SO much more had I done that.
I hope that helps. And congratulations!
Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥
Scott
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ssavaart · 20 days
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Happy first day of Pride Month 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈❤️
Sending big hugs from the Hobbit Hole ❤️
Scott
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ssavaart · 22 days
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I just realized I've painted all of the original Ghostbusters at different times of my life and sometimes in different styles.
The first one (Stantz) was in 2011 when I was still just learning watercolors. It was a gift to my friend Danielle who was a big Ghostbusters fan.
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Then, Egon was in 2012. I was feeling a little more confident with the new medium.
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Then... 7 years later in 2019... I wanted to try CARICATURE and I did Venkman and... I don't think it came out well. But... I tried.
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And finally in 2020 when we were all home during quarantine, I painted Winston.
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I haven't seen the new movies yet.
Hopefully they're fun.
Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥
Scott
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ssavaart · 23 days
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Wednesday morning doodle of Mitski.
Dark Purple and White Prismacolors on Tanned Strathmore Paper
Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥
Scott
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ssavaart · 25 days
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Painted Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine during a live on Youtube and decided to keep noodling it the next live... and the next live.
I was having fun and just kept adding more stuff to it.
It's a small little watercolor and ink piece (6x11 inches) that took me about 4 hours total.
I scanned in the inks as well so you can download and color for yourself if you'd like.
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Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥
Scott
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ssavaart · 26 days
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15 years ago... I started writing Animal Crackers as a graphic novel... for my kids.
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Now I'm writing a sequel to a movie. How bizarre!
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Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥
Scott
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ssavaart · 27 days
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Happy Saturday All!
We have a new batch of "Disney Princess" thumbnails for my Youtube Channel!
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I absolutely am in love with them.
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Sending Big Hugs from the Hobbit Hole. ♥♥♥
Scott
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