DRAWING THE LINE

LUKE ADAM HAWKER'S EXQUISITE ILLUSTRATIONS OF LONDON'S ICONIC BUILDINGS REALLY HIT THE MARK

Whilst visiting a friend in Peckham last weekend I took the opportunity to pop in to the Crafty Fox Market on the High Street and I'm glad I did, otherwise I may never have known about the work of Luke Adam Hawker.

As a devotee of pen and ink myself I was immediately drawn (no pun intended) to Luke's work. A graduate of Interior Architecture and Design, his subject matter is primarily the rich, urban landscape of London.  All of Luke's work is produced in-situ, never from photographs, and drawn directly in ink using a technique known as cross-hatching.   

 

Luke's work is incredibly detailed, and I liked that he also had his sketchbooks on display so you could see exactly how it translates from the page to print.  For the People Watching series and the Blue Plaque Doors (seen in the top picture) Luke explained that the images from his sketches are scanned in to the computer and then manipulated to get the perfect layout.  

'St Pancras' © Luke Adam Hawker

'St Pancras' © Luke Adam Hawker

'St Pancras' detail

'St Pancras' detail

I was particularly impressed with the precise nature of Luke's work.  His ability for creating straight lines and perfect curves is a testament to his architectural tutelage and he told me that it's achieved by using sweeping arm movements across the whole page rather than just drawing from the wrist.  I'm definitely going to give it a try!

'St Paul's' © Luke Adam Hawker

'St Paul's' © Luke Adam Hawker

'Spitalfields' © Luke Adam Hawker

'Spitalfields' © Luke Adam Hawker

'Glastonbury' (People Watching Series) © Luke Adam Hawker

'Glastonbury' (People Watching Series) © Luke Adam Hawker

'Glastonbury' detail

'Glastonbury' detail

 To see more of Luke's work or to buy prints visit his website by clicking the link below:

It has definitely inspired me to get out my sketchbook again and flex my drawing muscles!

Kx