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About the Author

Phoshop images from  book Digital Art Revolution behind author Scott Ligon

Scott Ligon is a digital artist and filmmaker. His work is frequently exhibited and has won several awards. Three years ago he relocated from his native Virginia to Cleveland, Ohio, in order to accept a job as the coordinator for the digital foundation curriculum at the Cleveland Institute of Art.


He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art where he studied under renowned original abstract expressionist Grace Hartigan and attended “Perspectives on Criticism” classes taught by Robert Storr, formerly senior curator of painting and sculpture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.


Early in his career, Scott made a living as a graphic designer and illustrator for ad agencies around the Washington DC area. This enabled Scott to learn digital art software. Scott utilized his perspective as a painter to explore the expansive possibilities of digital technology as an art-making tool.


Scott is the author of Digital Art Revolution, Creating Fine Art with Photoshop. The book was published in March 2010 by Watson-Guptill, a division of Random House, the premiere publisher in books. The book is currently in its second printing and an eBook version is scheduled for release this summer, available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and other eBook formats.


His animated short film, Escape Velocity, about the connection between ADHD and creativity, has played in festivals and theaters all over the world, including screenings in Moscow, London, Toronto and San Francisco. Among other awards, Escape Velocity won “Best Experimental Film” at the USA Film Festival, Dallas, Texas. The film is distributed by Shorts International, the world’s leading short film brand. Escape Velocity plays regularly on the Documentary Channel in the USA and Shorts TV in Europe. The film recently signed a third television deal with LAPTV, a partnership of four major entertainment giants, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, and Fox TV in Latin America.


He has recently completed his second short film, Figure/Ground about the death of his father. The film is a hybrid of live action and animation. It features veteran actor Allan Kulakow who has been in several movies, including Death by Dawn, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, and HBO’s Something the Lord Made. He appeared as the Joint Chief of Staff on NBC’s West Wing.


Figure/Ground was recently signed to an exclusive distribution agreement with Future Shorts in London. Future Shorts is a short film distributor whose partners include broadcasters (Arte/ZDF, Canal+, HBO, SBS Australia and SVT), online channels (YouTube, Babelgum), advertisers (Sony Computer Entertainment, Samsung), airlines (KLM, Qatar) and mobile content aggregators (PlayerX). Future Shorts is the exclusive distributor for Figure/Ground for television and all media.


Scott is currently working on his first feature film, a documentary about creativity called The Big Picture.

Photo by Cynthia Marie.