Growing up on Norfolk Island, in a land without TV or movies, Mark Sexton started drawing to entertain himself. He drew his first comic book, "Bug Goes Camping", at age seven. Sixteen years later, in the throes of a genetics PhD, he co-wrote, drew and published his first comic book. This proved much more interesting than genetics, so he left to pursue this avenue full-time. After a few years he was invited to storyboard Dark City for Alex Proyas, and hasn't discovered anything else he'd rather do since.
He has since worked on Star Wars Episode II, Wolf Creek II, the Oscar-winning Happy Feet (as Production Designer) and the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road. He does illustration, design and storyboarding for anyone who's interested. Versimillitude is a big thing in his work - trying to make the scene he's drawing as authentic and lived-in as possible.
Place of Birth:
Palmerston North, New Zealand (the suicide capital of the world, according to John Cleese. The locals named the rubbish tip Mount Cleese in response).
Currently Living in:
Train, bus, bike, or other:
Working from home! But train by preference, if needed…
What's the most important object in your studio?
My brain..? Unless I haven't had the first coffee of the day, in which case it's the coffee.
Paper or Plastic?
Plastic, apple flavoured. Though I'd prefer chocolate. Or coffee (see above).
If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?
Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.
Talk for 25 minutes at rapid speed while trying various verbal prompts to remember/extract the name, then walk away none the wiser.
Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?
Have you ever asked Leon to do anything like that? I mean, you saw what he did to all those people in that Luc Besson film, right?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Can I ask Leon to sort the woodchuck out for me?
Favourite client so far?
All of them.
Favourite imaginary client?
How does your mother describe your profession?
With a mix of pride and horror.
Coffee or tea?
What's your earliest drawing memory?
Decidedly square-looking dinosaurs on butcher's paper in Kalgoorlie, aged 3.
How do you prefer to spend your mornings?
All images contain invisible and trackable digital watermarks.
The Jacky Winter Group and SEA are members of the AOI and AOP respectively and abides by the required code of practice for artist agents.