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A Chat with Winston Scully

If you aren't aware there's a fantastic community of designers, letterers and other creatives on Instagram. It's been a great support for me as I build up my presence and explore more of my own work. Winston Scully is part of this same community, and I had the opportunity to get to know him. 

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Tell us a little about you and your work.

My name is Winston Scully, I’m a Jesus loving letterer, designer & illustrator based in Baton Rouge, LA. I’ve been lettering and designing for a little over a year now. My work is a combination of hand made and digital styles, because I’ve always been fascinated with making things by hand and with a computer. I love the characteristics of both digital and hand made art and design. Initially I was drawn to the digital side of art, but after submersing myself in the world of design I took hold of making things by hand. There is so much more character in something that is made by hand. It has life. But there is a healthy balance of both in my daily work flow. Learning hand lettering has been a struggle for me, because I’m a pretty clumsy person. So I find myself having to throw away hours of work because of a single mistake. It is definitely a challenge, and that’s what I love.

Aside from art & design, I’m a musician. I play drums in the worship band at my church and a post-rock band called 'Listen, Earth' which I started with some of my best friends about a year ago. I’m also an amateur photographer and an avid collector of sketchbooks. I have way too many.

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How did you get into design? Was there a specific time or situation?

It was actually a pretty interesting sequence of events to get to where I am today. During high school I took multiple art classes and digital photography classes. I loved drawing, but I was never very good at it. But I was also interested in architecture, that was actually what I was considering studying in college throughout high school. 

My senior year of high school I took a computer technology class though. This is where my interest in design started to take it’s course. Every day we would learn about computer architecture, but we also had a portion of web design. I was much more interested in the web design side of the class. Whenever we had free time I would be playing on photoshop and looking up tutorials on how to use it. This class actually led to me getting an internship right out of high school at a local technology business. This company did computer repair, web/graphic design, and software development. It was really a perfect storm for me, because these were the 3 fields I was considering entering before college (I had ruled out architecture by this time). After gaining experience in all of these fields, I was sold 100% on graphic design. I love creating things, I love making thinks look great and function properly. 

So all of these little events occurred to influence my decision to become a designer and flourish into something I love. Hardly a thing of chance. 

Are there any creatives that inspire you? Or what else inspires you and your work?

Like I said above, Sean Mccabe has been a huge inspiration since day one. There are a ton of other inspiring lettering artists and designers out there, but I really try not to focus on that type of inspiration. I am inspired by everyday life. I am a very structured/clean person, so I feel like that is a big inspiration in my work. Im very methodical in my process. My faith is probably one of my biggest influences, I love working for the Kingdom of God. Edifying the church through the abilities God has given me is what Im called to do. Im inspired by the people around me who serve the Kingdom as well. 

But as far as inspiration in general goes I try to keep it under control. It is so easy to be influenced by someone elses work and directly copy it. Early in my pursuit of design I did this because I simply did not know how to be creative. Learning your style and owning is very important, keep working. Make things, and make them often. You don’t have to publish everything you make (which was a hard lesson to learn for me.) It bit me in the butt a lot. But the creative pursuit is one of mistakes, recognizing those mistakes, and moving past them with the knowledge you’ve taken from those mistakes. 

For the mean time, what are you doing now? Or are there any projects or work you looking forward to?

Right now I am working to complete my BFA with a concentration in graphic design. Im going into my second semester of my junior year, so Ill be graduating in three semesters. If youve been following me on instagram, youll see that Ive started a project called Fitfy two by three. This project was inspired by my good friend Scott Biersack (@youbringfire) after his Project 365. I will be creating lettering pieces three times a week (Monday Wednesday Friday) for a whole year. Im also staring a project Ive named Sunday Vunday or Vector Sunday.” I thought it was catchy, maybe I’m just the cheese. But this will also take place over the next year, where I’ll be creating a vector illustration every Sunday. So over the next year I will be putting out some work very consistently on Instagram. 

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For the mean time, what are you doing now? Or are there any projects or work you looking forward to?

Right now I am working to complete my BFA with a concentration in graphic design. Im going into my second semester of my junior year, so Ill be graduating in three semesters. If youve been following me on instagram, youll see that Ive started a project called Fitfy two by three. This project was inspired by my good friend Scott Biersack (@youbringfire) after his Project 365. I will be creating lettering pieces three times a week (Monday Wednesday Friday) for a whole year. Im also staring a project Ive named Sunday Vunday or Vector Sunday.” I thought it was catchy, maybe I’m just the cheese. But this will also take place over the next year, where I’ll be creating a vector illustration every Sunday. So over the next year I will be putting out some work very consistently on Instagram. 

Where can people find your work? What can they find and what can they buy (if anything and where)?

People can find my work on Instagram (@wscully), Dribbble, Behance, and Facebook. I am currently working on my website, and once my website is complete I plan to open an online store where I can sell some prints of my lettering as well as some resources like fonts and textures I plan to make in the coming months. I have typeface in the works, so following me on any social media will keep you updated with my website and products. 

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