Dylan Roscover illustrates, programs and designs. Hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and currently residing in Los Angeles, he bridges the gap between art and technology—man and machine—to take his work in thoughtful and timeless directions. We caught up with him after his session at our San Francisco Create Now event; he spoke with us about controlled chaos, working without the burden of time, and how things are always more epic when we’re young.
When did you know that you wanted to be an illustrator/digital artist? In the first grade I became obsessed with the story of the Titanic, so I drew a huge wall mural of the ship (everything seems more epic when we’re young; it was probably only six or seven feet) and illustrated a short book about it.
In the fifth grade I thought computers were awesome (and the future), so I started learning how to create with them. As Heinlein so eloquently wrote in Stranger in A Strange Land “…contemporary art always paints the spirit of its times.”
Of your pieces to date, which turned out exactly as you’d pictured it? Is it your favorite? I’ve never produced anything exactly the way I envisioned it because I envision all of my work perfectly, much like a program or code—abstract, unattainable, like Pi. If I told you I illustrated something perfectly, I’d be a liar; there is always a pixel off somewhere. Turns out da Vinci was absolutely right in his assertion “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
What was your first paid assignment? I honestly can’t remember. It was during high school, and probably involved the design of a website with Fireworks or Dreamweaver. Oh, those were the days.
When knee-deep in a project, do you prefer solitude and silence or company and chaos? Why? I prefer solitude and chaos—solitude for focus (just me and the pen/tablet/camera; no interruptions to the workflow) and controlled chaos for energy (music, film, art, lighting, electricity).
Which Creative Cloud application, that you don’t already use, are you most interested in teaching yourself? Prelude CC. After seeing demos of what’s possible with it, I’m quite intrigued.
What social network do you use most often? Why? LinkedIn! Just kidding. I joined Facebook back in 2006 because it was designed well, and there is always plenty to learn from a well-designed application.
If you had to choose: creative freedom or a bigger budget? Bigger budget. So I could afford to take time off at the end of the project and focus on my creative freedom without the burden of time.
Whose work do you most admire? Stanley Kubrick. His masterpieces redefined filmmaking.
What one item in your studio (that’s not a tool for work) would you miss if it all of a sudden went missing? The rug. It really ties the room together.
What advice would you give someone just entering your profession (something you wish you knew when you started your career)? Never rat on your coworkers and when it comes to clients always keep your mouth shut.
You recently spoke at our San Francisco Create Now event… What’s one thing you hope people learned about Creative Cloud? I hope they learned more about the core philosophy behind Creative Cloud: the cross-pollination of ideas, between apps and the world at large. Just the simple fact that I can save a file directly from Photoshop or Illustrator and make it instantly available to the entire world is magical and empowering.