Illustration and Style Via Scotty Reifsnyder

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I recently chatted with the master of mid-century illustration, Scotty Reifsnyder, who just added Marriott Alumni Magazine to his already impressive list of clients—Disney, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Wired UK—with his illustrations in the fall 2013 issue.

Reifsnyder talked about his art for the “Playoff Payoff,” along with his decision to become and illustrator and hone his unique style.

Q: What did you enjoy most about illustrating the “Playoff Payoff”?

A: I have two young sons who love to play tackle so this job reminded me of my time with them.

Q. When and how did you get into illustration?

A: I was a fine arts major in college with a focus on painting when I attended an exhibition featuring Ben Shahn. I was immediately transfixed by his work. I knew then that I wanted to pursue a career in illustration.

Q: What have your favorite projects been?

A: I was able to do a silkscreen print of the The Incredibles for Disney’s WonderGround Gallery. It was a real thrill to have my work shown with so many other talented artists.

Q: How did you develop your mid-century style?

A: From a young age I appreciated the unique look of mid-century design and art. My parents are pack rats and always had cool ephemera from the sixties and seventies around our house.

Q: How did you get connected to the Marriott Alumni Magazine?

A: My illustration rep called me and said the magazine wanted to do this very cool assignment with me. I read the story and knew she was right!

Q: What’s one tip you would give aspiring illustrators?

A: Always make time for personal projects. I get my best jobs from my passion projects.