Mr. Fox and The Lost Treasure

Scott Vaughn is our featured artist for the winter the box… check out his interview below. 

1.  What is your favorite childhood book?

You cant go wrong with Dr. Seuss

2.   What book do you enjoy reading to your children?

I  really enjoy The Gruffalo series. The artwork is top notch and the writing has a clever humor to it that you don’t often see.

3. Have you written children’s books before?

No. Mr. Fox and the Lost Treasure is our first book. We have three more in the works, “Little Leia” which is about a little girls adventures in a magical land, “Detective Pancake Face and the Case of the Royal Feud” which is a parody of The Sherlock Holmes stories, and another story that deals with the relationship between children and their aging Grandparents. 

4.  Tell me about your book. What was your inspiration for this story?

Inspiration for Mr. Fox was our 5 year old son (who’s name is Fox) He is obsessed with art. Watching him grow up and watching his art evolve really gave us an insight into how his imagination was growing and changing. You can’t help but be inspired by the raw creativity of a 5 year old.  So we created a story that shows the value of imagination and the boundless reaches of creativity.

5.  What kind of research did you do for this book?

We did some research into the efficacy of rhyming books verses non-rhyming. A lot of time was spent learning the logistics of producing the book, since we did the artwork, writing, and publishing ourselves. And having a 5 year old and a 3 year old we had a ready test group. I was a learning process that was really fun. 

6.   What were some of your favorite games to play with your son?

Hide and seek before bedtime is a nightly ritual.  He’s also become a fan of Zelda on the Nintendo, and if its outdoors he loves to go down to the creek and search for cool rocks that we take back to the house and paint on.

7.   Where can everyone buy your fabulous book?

You can purchase it in store at Perks of Art in downtown Hillsboro, or online at Amazon.com

8.   Tell me about yourself. What are some hobbies you enjoy? Where do you live?

Well, aside from illustrating childrens books, I paint and show my work in markets and galleries, Me and my family live in Forest Grove Oregon in a little farm house out in the country.

9.   What inspired you to write a book?

I come from a Painting and Graphic design background, you don’t come from a Graphic design background without at some point thinking about doing a graphic novel or children’s book. I’ve met some people over the years that have done it and these days there are amazing online self-publishing companies that have really made it easy for creative types to give it a shot. Since having kids I’ve read a ton of children’s books and from an artists point of view its really hard to resist jumping into the illustrating world. And storytelling is an art that I’m new to but feels really good. You have to think like a child in a way, which can be freeing.

10.    Where can we find more of your work?

My paintings can be found at Vonsteadart.com, and I have a Vonsteadart instagram. We have yet to launch a book website since we only have one right now. But with three more in the works a website might be in the future.  

 

As you can see Scott Vaughn is an artist to keep watching…

 

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