Born in the late 1950s, Mark Raats was attracted to art at a young age practicing his drawing skills by copying Hal Foster’s weekly comic strip – Prince Valiant. Raats was keen to pursue a career with Walt Disney animation so, after he finished his education and a number of years of military service in the early ’80s, he went on to work in the fledgling computer graphics industry – completing his first animated short film in December 1985. It was while he was working in the field of digital animation that in 1995, he went back to traditional illustration after he was asked to do a coloured pencil portrait of President Nelson Mandela – for his Nelson Mandela Children’s fund.
These days Mark concentrates most of his time doing illustration art for the Motion Picture industry with official lobby posters comprising most of his workload. Amongst his most recent work are poster illustrations for; the IMAX re-release – Raiders of the Lost Ark, the 30th Anniversary Return of the Jedi, Black Angel, Ralph McQuarrie, an Illustrative Life and Mermaids on Mars.
Due to time constraints, Raats – who works from his studio in Perth, Western Australia – takes on a limited number of private commissions in any given year while he continues to provide illustrations for Lucasfilm/Disney, their licensees and other Hollywood based companies.
Mark looks forward to meeting all his fans in Brisbane in November 2016, and will participate in signing sessions on Friday (2:00pm – 5:30pm), and throughout Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) in Brisbane.
- Brisbane – 4:00pm Friday & 4:30pm Saturday
This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.
Guest confirmed, health and other commitments pending.