Scott Tolleson (BFA Illustration, 2000) works for Disney as an Art Director and is the CEO and Founder of StolleArt Studio where he creates custom toys and art inspired by pop culture, comic books, his family, and toys from his childhood.
As a child, Tolleson always had an interest in art. “I can’t recall a time when art wasn’t important to me. I was always the kid in the class that the others would ask me to draw things for them. I recall drawing a lot of Transformers, Masters of the Universe and M.U.S.C.L.E as a kid. I was really into collecting Mad and Cracked Magazine along with Wacky Packages as a kid. I think these sorts of things inspired me at a young age and led me to believe that one could have a career at making art” states Tolleson. He started at Saddleback Community College and completed an Associates Degree in Art before transferring Cal State Fullerton in 1996. During his time at CSUF, Tolleson was a member of the Pencil Milage Club and participated in an animation program with Warner Bros. He continued on to finish his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration in 2000.
The Designer Toy Awards (DTAs) is the leading award honoring excellence and innovation in the Designer Toy art field. For his work in 2015, Tolleson was awarded their Artist of Year Award.
For his spotlight, Tolleson leaves us with advice for aspiring artists:
“Don’t do it unless you have a passion for it. Every artist I know that is successful puts in many many hours and not because they have to but because they want to. Let negativity from others fuel your passion instead of discourage you. Always try new things to keep your interests fresh but also stay focused o the things that are working for you in your art. Always play, learn, experiment and listen.”
For more information on Scott Tolleson, check out his website here.