My name’s Matt Hayton and I’m a student printmaker/illustrator/bookbinder from a small town nestled in a valley on the outskirt of the (beautiful) Lake District in England.
I love to travel and I’ve been very lucky to be able to spend a lot of time in California, where my boyfriend, Jeff is from.
Art has always been an integral part of my life, even at the points where I wasn’t directly pursing it. I had a two and a half year stint at attempting to be a plumbers apprentice, which ended when I realized my heart wasn’t in it. I decided instead to take a risk and chase my dream of (hopefully) becoming an illustrator. I enrolled myself on a one year art and design course at the local college and then a two year art and design foundation course. Thats basically where I’m at now, waiting for the next step. I was recently accepted onto the Illustration course at Art Center College of Design in California, and I’ll be starting in September 2012.
I draw inspiration stylistically from scientific illustration and golden-age fairytale illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. I love folklore and the idea of a narrative or tale been retold, altered and treasured over many generations and that is something inherent in my work. I also love Pokemon as much as the next 90’s kid. I kind of think the whole series is built on folklore too, or at least thats how I like to look at it.
My pseudonym FawnLorn originated when my boyfriend would often quip that my spirit animal was a deer. In the beginning of our relationship, we were repeatedly apart and I often felt forlorn, so a marriage of those two ideas is where the name stems from.
This blog is a mixture of my own illustration along with work that I find inspiring. Thanks for looking!
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