Writing a CV, it’s not the best of fun is it?

I mean it’s great writing down your achievements, place of study and previous employment, but you are literally writing who you are on a piece of paper. It is definitely a tricky task that needs time spent on it as it really does speak for you. Some creative’s go that extra mile by doing some fancy design to get the employers eye a little bit excited before even reading, but I’ve come across a chap who’s CV is actually amazing. The bold colours and words leap out at you, giving a three-dimensional feel to the document. Typography is used to the best of its ability through experimental layout and size, the colours only giving a certain prominence.

So let’s say hello to this chap then shall we?

Nicola Manuel: Hello Tom Scotcher, oh amazing one of the CV. How are you and, a frank question being, who are you?

Tom Scotcher: Thank you. I can’t read a CV with proper paragraphs and I’m even worse at writing them so I thought that if it has large enough text and bright colours it might heighten my chance of getting employed. I’m not very good at explaining myself in large quantities, as you’ll see by this interview, so the CV was a way of showing an employer what I’m like, rather than explaining. It gets me through to the interview stage, but no luck yet.

Tom Scotchers CV
Tom Scotchers CV

NM: As I introduced you with your rather amazing CV, I think there really does need to be a question regarding it. So what pushed you into creating something with such boldness and has it succeeded in gaining you employment?

TS: I’m on a Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martins studying Illustration. At the moment my illustrations are a mixture of responses to set briefs, commissioned work and other stuff. There’s a lot of pressure on students to find a specific style and stick to it. I luckily don’t suffer from this theory but it is hard to get out of this narrow-minded view of making something completely original. Especially now as culture is one big eclectic mess of flavors of the week.

NM: So, tell us a little about your illustration and where you are at in life right this very moment.

TS: I studied Illustration at Art Foundation but turned to Graphic Design because the briefs were a lot more interesting. Illustration would draw dogs for two weeks while Graphic Design would make typographic movie posters. Illustration is just the sub header of the course; we get to try a lot of other specialties like Animation and photography. Animation has its vices with learning all kinds of new software but it’s worth it to see something you’ve created come to life.

Tom Scotcher Illustration
Tom Scotcher Illustration

NM: How do you go about starting your creative process at the beginning of a project?

TS: I look up as many things that loosely relate to the project, mostly online. From there I try and forget the initial brief and do a mental mind map and jump from idea to idea doing quick thumbnail sketches. Then I lose patience with myself and start at the end at work backwards to fill in more sketchbook space.

NM: As you’ve still got a little while in study; you’ve got time before you reach the big wide world of work. What’s the plan for you coming from university? Exploring the world in a boat?

TS: I’d probably start on foot before anything. Stay in London for a year or two after graduating, get a few contacts and a good headquarters base, then have a good look around.

Tom Scotcher Illustration
Tom Scotcher Illustration

NM: Now that it’s the New Year, what resolutions have you set for yourself and are you going to keep them?

TS: Wake up before 1 or 2 pm and get to sleep before 4 am.

Stop eating food straight from the saucepan.

NM: Let’s swing this to become a little funny. What’s the best joke you know?

TS: What do you get when you throw a piano down a mineshaft? A flat minor

Time for those quick round questions to finish this little natter off…

Illustration or animation? Illustration

London town or country bumpkin? Country Scally

Biscuits or cake? Shortbread

Colour or black and white? All three

Favourite creative? Alan Aldridge

CV’s don’t need to be a little bit of plain text on an A4 sheet then. Go crazy and experiment with typography, design and a splash of colour. See what your CV can say about you.

Tom Scotcher.


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