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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and my inspiration to become an artist was just about what you’d expect for a kid raised in the 70’s/80’s: the Sunday Comics, Garfield by Jim Davis, and animated Disney movies. You would think I was born with a pencil in my hand, because from the day I was born (well....as far back as I can remember) I wanted to be an artist. As a youth and to this day, I take every opportunity that I can to draw and be creative in whatever I am working on, because it is what I love to do! Whether I was drawing in my art classes, my notebooks, or the walls of math class (seriously....I got in trouble for that one), I was drawing all of the time.
I was taught how to enjoy and express myself through my art as a youth through my own family. My Father enjoyed drawing and taught me how to use charcoal and pencils as a child. One of my Grandmothers was a master seamstress and helped me create a Frankenstein character I had drawn, out of fabric, when I was 8 years old. My other Grandmother loved paint and make sculptures. And my Mother was always sewing and continued to do this for my children by creating pajamas, blankets, Christmas stockings and all sorts of fun projects.
By the time I had graduated from High School I had been taught, not only by my family, but by two great art teachers, Mrs. Ashford and Mr.T. I continued my schooling and was accepted into Brigham Young University’s Illustration department and was taught by the great instructors there. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in 1997.
I actually began my professional career working as a full-time artist in 1995 at an agency specializing in branded video game properties. And after spending 9 years in the video game industry, I set out on my own in 2004, to do what I call Kid-Friendly Art. Now that I work for myself as a full-time freelance illustrator, I get to focus on projects that are not only fun, but put a big smile on the faces of my most valued critics – my own children.
On any given day I might be working on licensed characters such as Bugs Bunny, the Smurfs, Lunar Jim and others; or creating storyboards for commercials for companies such as Microsoft and Verizon; designing original characters or illustrations to be used in local and national advertising campaigns, logos, billboards, point of purchase materials, and packaging. In January of 2009, I was asked to design a very fun mascot for a major brand, but until it is released in 2010......I can't say anything (I have already said too much ;).
I am excited to be a part of the FreeSpirit family and look forward to designing cheerful and fun fabrics for years to come. I hope that these designs will not only brighten your life but will put a smile on your face and make your kids smile too!
Scott Jarrard lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Amanda and their three children.