ABOUT THE ARTIST
My name is Matt, but you can call me ‘Neonpossum/’Neon’ I am a self-employed artist currently living in Leicestershire, UK. I currently live in an apartment with my fiancé, Charlie, my best friend Bazu, and our furbaby Tama. I also have pet rats, snakes and geckos!
I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil, creating many animal characters, comics and flip books as a child. Things changed for me greatly when I finally got my own home internet connection in 2003, and I was able to use the internet to both upload my artwork and learn new techniques.
I have an huge passion for natural history and animals, and my entire life revolves around them in one form or another. I love visiting museums, zoos and art galleries around the world.
I enjoy TV shows such as Bones, Dexter, House, Six Feet Under, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle and also am a huge fan of nature and science documentaries. My music tastes are extremely vast but some of my favourite bands to name a few are Nightwish, Rob Zombie, Rammstein, Combichrist and Pendulum.
Spiritually, I follow a path paved by myself; a energetic mix of Japanese Shinto (神道) and Western Paganism, mainly Druidry. I am also interested in Daoism. My patron deity is Inari, and I hold a kamidama (shrine) to Inari in my home to which I make daily offerings.
ABOUT MY CHARACTERS
My mascot is a Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) simply named ‘Neon’. He loves parties, coffee and video games.
He was originally based off another character of mine that I have had since 2005, a grungy, moody opossum named Edward. Gradually he evolved into the possum we know today!
He represents the pure energy, fun-loving part of me that I feel when I am at conventions and such. Of course like everyone, he has his down days but he is a constant reminder to me to stay positive and take life one step at a time!
My fursona is Bran, a European grey ‘were’wolf, though sometimes I draw him as a coyote, werewolf, gryphon or crow! He is also sometimes drawn with black wings. Bran has been my fursona since 2002 in one form or another, going through many changes to adapt to my changing self.
He is very much an extension of myself and I often draw him in images that reflect my mood. Bran represents me as I am. I am constantly finding ways to insert more elements of myself into him.
As a character, Bran is a bone collector, natural history enthusiast, lover of collars and cryptozoology enthusiast!
‘Bran’ means crow or raven in Welsh, the language of my homeland.