Lively Scout

Lively Scout

Katie Scout of Lively Scout is the talent behind Let Live pickleball paddles' eye-catching illustrations. She brought her energetic style, a fusion of modern pop and vintage retro, to the design process. Each of the paddle designs features bright and bold graphics that match the fun spirit that we all love about the game of pickleball.

We were lucky enough to hear from Katie about her inspiration and favorite paddle from the collection, keep reading for the full interview: 

How would you describe your design style?
Upbeat, modern-retro vibe with a touch of psychedelia - heavily influenced by music and culture of the 60s,70s and 80s

Where do you get your inspiration for your illustrations?
I live in a small coastal town, nestled into the Australia bush and am surrounded by the wonders of Mother Nature who continues to inspire me everyday. Coupled with a background in Graphic Design, I’m also totally in awe of the likes of John Alcorn, Peter Max and Milton Glaser.

What would you say to someone asking for advice on how to get in touch with their creative side?
Just give anything a go, and don’t let what you perceive to be ‘a lack of creativity’ hold you back. It's a matter of experimenting until you find that thing you love to do and continually working those creative ‘muscles’. Not trying at all is far worse than failing.

Are there any illustrators or designers that you admire or take inspiration from?
There are absolutely TOO MANY to list here. My eclectic taste and admiration for artists and creatives spans many decades, styles and mediums. I just like to stay open to inspiration, no matter where it comes from.

Do you have a personal favorite among the 4 illustrations you did for this project? If so, which one and why?
I think my favourite would have to be the Sunshine - who doesn’t need a little more of that in their life? That said, I’m stoked with how they ALL turned out.

Retro Sunshine Pickleball Paddle

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