“I wasn’t challenging myself or the people looking at my work, and I felt the process of working digitally somehow wasn’t engaging enough for me.”
When and where were you born?
Where do you currently live and work?
I live and work just outside the City of Newcastle.
How long have you been practicing your craft?
My work in many ways is a continuation of what I have always done, although I probably draw less spaceships than I used to as a kid. I have made artwork on and off under the moniker Fantome for about 5 years before I established Fantome Studio earlier this year.
What inspires you?
Great things and small details help fuel a simple compulsion to draw and make pictures.
How would you describe your style
My method is rooted in the simple, classic tradition of pencil, paper and pen. I try to add something different, something new, however small with each piece of work. Style is something that is evolving as I learn. The decisions, marks and mistakes made by my own hand are enough for it to feel unique – at least to me.
What has been a defining moment in your career?
I guess I had a moment back in 2008/9 staring into a computer monitor when I realised I’d lost direction and been blown off course. I felt too passive, pushing pixels on a screen. I wasn’t challenging myself or the people looking at my work, and I felt the process of working digitally somehow wasn’t engaging enough for me. This experience helped to kickstart a more analog way of working and a desire to start producing the work I always wanted to make.
What are your future plans?
I want to keep moving forward, growing, and meeting the challenges I face head on.
Can you leave us with some parting words or advice?
Making your own mistakes is the only true way to learn.