In a career spanning over 35 years as an illustrator, Scott Gustafson’s lush oil paintings have appeared on everything from calendars and book covers to collector’s plates, limited edition prints and movie posters. He has worked for publications as diverse as Good Housekeeping and Playboy magazines as well as illustrating covers for The Saturday Evening Post. In the realm of animation, he has designed characters for DreamWorks, PDI and The Disney Channel’s children’s program, Chuggington.


But it is probably the world of children’s books that his pictures are the most recognized. In a style that has been compared to artists of the Golden Age of Illustration, Gustafson’s work has illustrated titles like Classic Fairy Tales, Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose, Classic Bedtime Stories and his most recent title, Classic Storybook Fables. He has also written and illustrated a novel for young readers entitled Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe, which was a Junior Library Guild selection.


Scott feels fortunate to have won a number of awards, but the one of which he is most proud, is that of Spectrum Grand Master in 2015. Gustafson continues an active career, and he and his wife Patty work out of their home studio and are based in Chicago.


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