Jason Stout is an artist working in Austin, Texas. With digital and traditional tools, Stout uses a clean, vibrant style to take complex concepts and create evocative, readable, and memorable work. An efficient, economical harmony between detail and negative space is the ideal: don’t pull in a string section when a guitar will do, but don’t rely on a piano when you need a full orchestra.
His long illustration and design career has led to a wide variety of projects: poster art and design, book cover, editorial design and layout, ad design, logos and branding, marketing materials, animation – the works. He was a rotoscope animator on Richard Linklater’s feature film A Scanner Darkly and its rotoscope software creator Bob Sabiston’s short film The Even More Fun Trip.
From 2007-2020 he was the Art Director and in-house illustrator for the Austin Chronicle, the largest independently-owned alternative newsweekly in the US. During his tenure as both Art Director and freelance illustrator, The Chronicle won several Association of Alternative Newsmedia Awards for design, and in 2016, Stout won First Place for Cover Design.
His poster work has been featured in shows at Spoke Art NYC and San Francisco, and in several shows in Austin.
Clients include Oxford American Magazine, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways Magazine, GoodPartyATX, McGraw-Hill, 3M, The Texas Audubon Society, Emancipet, The Center for Justice and Democracy, and the Black Live Music Fund.