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Chantal has been reading ghost stories and watching horror movies her entire life and she’s always wanted to bring the love for the genre into her artwork.  Her art usually encompasses the feeling we get from horror, the fear and trying to capture that look into each individual piece.

 

After graduating high school, Chantal attended the Advertising Academy in Brisbane, focusing on old school typography and traditional illustration using pens and markers. That led to work in print publications, tabloid style newspapers and advertising agencies across Australia for the next 10 years. Not receiving the same joy from graphic design that is found in traditional art, Chantal needed to move in the right direction. She went on to graduate from Queensland College of Art at Griffith University completing a three-year Bachelor of Animation, specialising in 2D traditional animation and working in the animation industry for five years.

 

Needing to get back into traditional art and wanting to create something for herself, Chantal took a gamble and just started drawing what she loves! Horror!

 

Chantal works primarily with pastels and photoshop, creating unique pastel artworks.

Her greatest artistic influences are artists such as Basil Gogos, Frank Frazetta, Norman Rockwell and animator Ray Harryhausen and favourite contemporary artists, Ruben Belloso Adorna, Zach Dunn, Audrey Kawasaki, Alice X Zang, Jason Edmiston, Ghoulish Gary and Hayao Miyazaki.

 

Her illustrations have been featured in various publications including Scream Horror Magazine, Creators Unite Mag, Belladonna Magazine and KGHH Gorefest.

•What or who inspired you to be an artist?

 

I have been drawing since I can remember, but I always knew I was going to be an artist.  It was something I could never stop doing! I was constantly creating comic strips or drawing the characters from the children's cartoons we watched. I’m a big music fan and read lots of books but when I was younger; I would sit and pour through my dad’s LPs and horror novels, listening to the music, reading the books and drawing the covers!

 

•What gave you the idea of your latest artwork?

 

The last big set of artworks I created were for the month of October. Every year I create 31 drawings for #31daysofhalloween and post the artwork on social media each day. It’s always a massive month, especially because I’m creating something new every single day, but the fans love it and I always sell lots of artwork! :)

 

•Who is your favourite artist and why?

 

Hands down Basil Gogos. My art is sort of similar in style to his, maybe because of the portraits and subject matter but his colour palette and composition influence me so much! I’m also a big fan of Ray Harryhausen who I met while I was studying animation in Brisbane!  

 

•Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?

 

I wish I had time to read more! At the moment, I’m reading South by Frank Owen.  Really enjoying it so far. I also have Neil Gaiman's ‘Norse

Mythology’ ready and waiting and I’ve just bought ‘Scary Stories to tell in the Dark’ by Alvin Schwartz. I always have to read the book before I see the film!

 

•What's your favourite book of all time?

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I even buy copies of it second hand when I find them, so that I have spare copies in case someone hasn’t read it!

 

•What other projects are you working on right now?

 

I have a lot of exciting top-secret stuff going on which can be frustrating because I love to share my work as I create it! Hopefully by the middle of this year I can start revealing artwork!

 

•What do you like most about art?

 

I love to be able to create something from nothing which can also be terrifying when I’m looking at a blank piece of paper. Art can express so much without a single word.

 

•Where do you see yourself and your creative work in the next five years or so?

 

I’m so grateful to be able to create and draw everyday and I hope I am still creating in five years time. I am always trying to push myself out of my comfort zone so I could be creating something totally unexpected.  Maybe a sold-out gallery show! You never know! ;)

 

•What one, key creative tip would you share?

 

Study other artists from lots of different art movements and learn as much as you can. I have a number of insanely good pastel artists who some days make me want to throw in the towel but instead I embrace them and try to learn from them.

 

•What would you say to educate and inspire young artists?

 

Follow your heart. Enjoy the process of creating and stop worrying. Just keep on creating even if you fail.

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