Mason Roberts is a male model based in Perth, Australia, but don’t let his chiseled features fool you, there’s much more to him than meets the eye. When he’s not walking down the runway at Paris Fashion Week, Roberts unleashes his talented artistic side with his portfolio of masterful hand drawn portraits. We had the chance to get to know Roberts a bit more and also shine a light on how he balances both of his passions in his daily life.
If you had to describe yourself in a few words, what would you say?
I am very loud and somewhat weird. I was born to be creative and I always try to be positive.
You are a model and an artist, we got a glimpse of your talent through the drawings that you’ve posted on Instagram. How long have you been drawing for and what has your journey been like as an artist?
How long have I been drawing? I recently asked myself the same question, but I honestly couldn’t remember, so I went looking for the answer from the one person who knows more about me than myself, my Mother. According to her, I have been drawing since I was a little baby, crawling on the floor, haha!
My journey as an artist has been a rollercoaster to say the least. I always knew I could draw, but it was only until my first modelling trip in Milan where I realized that I loved it. My roommate in Milan would relax in his spare time, by picking up a pen and drawing. So, naturally I joined in! It was such a creative release for me, so I kept it up.
It wasn’t until my latest Paris trip, however that I realized you could actually make a living from art and better yet, combine it with modelling/fashion. I recently drew and walked in Yohji Yamamoto’s show in PFW A/W 16 and got to give my art to him in person. This was the moment I knew I wanted to pursue art and for it to be more than just a hobby.
Which artist(s) have been a reference for you and why?
I love street art, so I look up to Banksy, Sheppard Fairy and the like. My favorite artist recently is another street artist, David Choe. Not only is he an amazing artist, but the way he lives his life, without a care in the world, is something I aspire to.
If you could rewrite the definition for the word Art in the dictionary, what would we read?
I would define Art as; “Art is ”.
What would you you like to remain of your work in 150 years?
I would want my art to bring happiness and joy to all who witness it. If I can turn at least one frown into a smile, then my job as an artist is done.
What do you think of when you’re drawing?
It is the one time where I don’t have to think. My thoughts can run wild and I can simply enjoy the moment.
How do you personally describe your drawings?
My style is changing everyday. With every drawing I am improving and evolving, trying to better myself. I would say at the moment, my artworks are playfully photorealistic.
How do you balance your two passions on a daily basis?
I’m only just starting to get into a proper routine in juggling both passions. Luckily art and modelling go hand in hand. I meet a lot of amazing people in the fashion world who are also artists themselves, so the balance is a very natural one.
How did your modelling career start?
My sister is actually also a model. My mother agency (Vivien’s Australia) saw me in some of her Facebook pictures and asked me to come in to meet them. I was pretty nervous at the thought and waited three months just to go in. I was signed three days later and haven’t stopped since!
If you were a color, which color would you be and why?
I guess I’d be orange, or something vibrant. You’ll rarely see me without a smile, haha.
For you, where would the ideal summer vacation destination be?
My family is Greek and my cousin got married on Santorini last year. That was hands down, one of the greatest trips/moments of my life. So I’d definitely have to go with ANY of the Greek islands.
Check out Mason’s Youtube Channel here.