Norton Balfour: Artist: Mornington

You can always make time to draw.


Name: Norton Balfour
Occupation: Guy with a Pen
Hometown: Mornington
Current Location: Probably a cafe, I’m looking at you, Commonfolk.

When I was a kid I wanted to be… probably something to do with dinosaurs, or at least work in retail at some Jurassic Park merchandise store before the part where, you know, the dinosaurs got out.

My earliest, fondest memory is… sliding down the side of a hill on a box or making friends with a blue-tongue lizard I found in the backyard.

The studies I took to get where I am… I studied a couple of years at Chisholm Tafe doing Illustration and now have just finished the 1st year of Communication Design at Monash University.

Before this phase of my career/life I was… a fetus?

I’m most creative when… I’m part way through an existential crisis, so I can think of something silly a naked man with a fish head would say. Or just sitting in a cafe (probably still having an existential crisis).

The tools I can’t live without… don’t know…I guess the walnut between my ears?

I’m inspired by… overheard conversations terribly scripted dialogue, films by John Carpenter featuring Kurt Russel, 70’s fantasy/sci-fi art, second-hand books, stupid looking animals, Max Ernst, William Blake, Jim Henson, old movie posters, the list goes on…

I’m currently reading… multiple children’s encyclopaedias on monsters, myth, UFOs & the occult, and On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The website I hang out on the most… conspiracy websites and IMDB trivia pages

I’m currently listening to… Jimmy Smith, Verge Collection, Todd Terje and Nick Cave

The last film I watched was… Event Horizon – the love child of cheesy sci-fi and cheesy satanic horror. I think my yearly watching of Labyrinth is probably coming up too…

Travel is… most likely something I don’t do nearly enough.

My travel essentials are… sketchbook, sweaty palms and beer money.

One thing I would like to do but haven’t got around to it yet… learning how to sculpt & cast stuff and writing my own religious text.

The challenges of doing what I do… cash flow, learning the business side of it all and the feeling of guilt whenever I am not drawing.

The highlights over the past 12 months have been… I don’t think I can really think of anything in particular, but it’s been a good year for every aspect of me!

Advice to share to those who want to follow in my footsteps… (do I even have footsteps to follow?) I guess draw literally as much as you can. You can always make time to draw, and although it’s hard, put yourself out there. Share your studio space with a dog. Spend far too much time in the exact same cafe every morning.

Do What You Want… and not what you think you’d like other people to think you’re doing…


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Photography: Tom Terlaak

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