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Scott Wallace is a digital portrait artist from Norton, MA. We have conducted an interview with him.


Where do you draw inspiration from, for your art as a digital portrait artist?
I try to gather creative inspiration by observing other artists, listening to music while I design, and sometimes I get a fresh perspective from looking at photos on the Internet. I also enjoy painting animals as they often inspire the direction I take with my portraits.

Which effects on the digital artwork are the most challenging to achieve?
I've always found that finding the right light, shadow or color shade on a portrait can be very challenging. Simulating the light to achieve a natural environment as well as shading the skin to resemble realistic facial features can be a lengthy process.

Aristotle stated, "The aim of Art is to present not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance; for this, not the external manner and detail, constitutes true reality" How much do you agree and why?
Well Aristotle definitely had a way with intellectual teachings. For me, however, I prefer to focus on a specific portrait design as a means for relaxing. I do not intend for my work to be at or near the level of Aristotle's, but rather as a way to bring peace to my soul each day.


What is the degree of realism that you'd like to work with for your digital portraits?
I try to portray the detail and realism in every portrait such as as shapes, details, lines, curves are some of the first things that I focus on when starting a portrait. The rest falls into place for me after that.

Do you prefer illustrations or paintings? Where can we see more of your works of art?
I enjoy both but, if I had to choose one, I would have to say paintings. I'm more relaxed when painting. When illustrating, the process for me is often more intense. I am a perfectionist and, therefore, I can be my own worst critic. When painting, if something is out of place, it's okay... most paintings have an imperfection that only the artist can see.

If you would like to view my artwork, it can be found at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/digital-designs.html

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