Hi! I’m Scott Reeves.

I’m a freelance illustrator and designer. I’m also an instructor at Arizona State University’s Design School. This site is where I post my finished work, my daily sketches, and short articles about design, illustration and learning.

Quick sketch of a robot concept by Benoit Godde.

New Sketches – Master Studies 2

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6 Pages

When left to my own devices, I tend to make simple, slightly cute genre characters. It’s fun (which is at least half of the reason why I do this) but I’d like to add more texture (aka “technoclutter”), especially in my ink drawings. So this group of master studies focuses on images with great technical details. Read More

Quick study sketch of a K-250 action figure from Star Wars: Rogue 1.

Daily Sketches – Master Studies 1

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8 Pages

I love master studies. Find a drawing, painting or design you admire and sketch it. Figure out why you admire it. Analyze what the artist did. And build your sketching skills. Currently, I try to start each practice session with a warm-up master study.

This group of master sketches focuses on robots. Beyond the general theme of “Hey, cool robots!” there isn’t a lot that links them together. I just liked what I saw and had a lot of fun exploring them. You can find links to the original images (along with about 1,000 other images) in this Pinterest board. Read More

Daily Sketches – Observation Studies 1

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7 Pages

Random observation studies from my sketchbook. Quick studies like this help me build a visual vocabulary. When I want to illustrate something I haven’t drawn before, like fishing boats, light houses, and recliners (to pick three objects entirely at random), I start by making quick studies. That way, I know what the objects look like and viewers understand what I’m trying to say.

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Ink sketch of a lighthouse robot.

Daily Sketches – Lighthouse Robots 1

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9 Pages

Our design program recently decided to emphasize pens over pencils in our introductory drawing courses. I wasn’t happy with my pen sketches, so in mid September, I switched from daily painting practice to daily ink sketches.

My first sketchbook is nearly full. I’ll post the sketches in groups over the next few weeks. Read More

Color study of mountains

New Sketches (August 13-19, 2018)

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5 Sketches

This week was another set of cloud and mountain studies, using Noah Bradley’s photographs as reference. It was also the first week of the new semester. There were so many perfectly justifiable reasons to skip painting practice this week. I’m glad I didn’t.

I’ll do at least one more week of clouds and mountains before I move on to something else.

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Color study of mountains

New Sketches (August 1-12, 2018)

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8 Sketches

This is an uncomfortable set of sketches. For me, mountains and clouds are some of the most daunting parts of landscape painting, and this was my first attempt at either of them in at least 10 years. The results are mixed. I’m happy with my progress, but I see a lot of room for improvement.

Each study took about 60 minutes. For reference, I used photographs by Noah Bradley. Read More

Composition study of a painting by NC Wyeth

New Sketches (July 11-31, 2018)

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Part 1: Composition studies

9 Sketches

I didn’t post any sketches in the second half of July. Remodeling studioscott.com took up most of my website time. But I was still working on my painting skills. I split these paintings into three sections. Part 1 is composition studies of paintings by Carl Spitzweg, Edgar Payne, Maxfield Parrish and NC Wyeth. Read More

Working on the Site

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I’m doing some end of the summer maintenance to studioscott.com for the next few weeks. The current set up has some frustrating behind the scenes quirks and I want to fix them before the new semester starts.

Reworking the site is going to take up all of my “working on the website” time, so you won’t see any new posts until I finish. But you may see some odd layouts and new site structures. Be back soon.

20-minute value studies of photographs by Noah Bradley

New Sketches (July 1-10, 2018)

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46 Sketches

This week I made a lot of 20-minute to 30-minute value studies of landscapes, based on photographs from Noah Bradley. The goal is to simplify the real world landscapes into simple compositions with coherent values. Right now landscape painting is one of my weakest painting skills, so I’m using my summer free time to get better. Read More