You may have seen Scott Bakal's work in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Variety, Playboy, Family Circle, O Magazine (Oprah), Ebony, Tuft's, Wells Fargo, Yoga Journal, Discover, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Sierra, Tor Books, Schwartz & Wade and the Vancouver Opera as well over 100 other publications and media.

Scott has won most of the major illustration awards including honors from the Society of Illustrators (Silver Medal), Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (Gold Medal), 3×3, The AltWeekly Awards, Association of Education Publishers, HOW International Design Competition, Spectrum, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, Creative Quarterly (Gold and Silver Medals) and Communication Arts and receiving the honor of being published as one of the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide by Luerzer’s Archive.

Scott Bakal graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 1993 and since, has been creating art for print and exhibition worldwide. A little over a decade later, he received a Masters of Arts from Syracuse University and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford. At the University of Hartford, he received the Hartford Art School Regent’s Honor Award for Graduate Students, the highest honor given to Master’s students throughout the University.

As an advocate for education and illustration, Scott was on the Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators in New York City and was Chairman of the Student Scholarship Competition from 2006-2012 and the Zankel Scholarship until 2013. In 2009, he was also elected to the Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Collection as a Committee Member at the New Britain Museum of American Art where he in 2012 curated the museum show ‘Pixelated: The Art of Digital Illustration’. In 2010, he received the Dean Cornwell Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators for “conceiving and implementing a customized website portal for the Society, changing the method in which all competitions are judged.”

As an instructor Scott has taught and lectured at various schools including Fashion Institute of Technology and currently is an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design where his students have won many awards. In 2010, he was honored to receive the Artist/Educator of the Year by 3×3 Magazine.

Scott has lectured for organizations, colleges and museums including the Society of Illustrators, New Britain Museum of American Art, Ringling College of Art & Design, OFFSET! Dublin, Kansas City Art Institute, Syracuse University, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Jose State University, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, University of Connecticut, Art Center College of Art & Design, Leeds University of the Arts, UK and many others.


Special Honors:

Silver Medal: Society of Illustrators
Gold Medal: Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
Bronze Medal: Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
Gold & Silver Medals: Creative Quarterly
Artist/Educator of the Year 2010: 3×3 Magazine
Distinguished Merit Award: 3x3 Magazine Annual
Society of Illustrators: Dean Cornwell Achievement Award
First Place – Alt Weekly Awards for Cover Illustration (SF Weekly)
Arizona Press Club Award, Illustration
University of Hartford Masters Regents Award 2007

Notable Books featured in:

Playing with Sketches: 50 Creative Exercises for Designers and Artists
How To Grow as an Illustrator
Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work
Starting Your Career as a Graphic Designer + Illustrator