MONOCHROME MOMENT #18

Yes, I know, I've missed a couple of weeks :-/ Sorry about that, life kinda got in the way a bit! I think I'm back on top of everything now so let's kick off this final week of March with another Monochrome Moment.

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I'm indulging myself a little for this one as I'm sharing not only one of my own images but also the artwork in the image.  I've always loved to paint and have dreamt of having my own studio space ever since I can remember.  Now, that dream has become a sort of reality since I have finally rescued my drawing board from my mum's loft and I have renamed the office/guest room as The Studio. 

My preferred subject has always been people and at one stage I wanted to emulate my favourite artist, the fashion illustrator David Downton, but recently I have discovered so much joy in painting some abstract works.  In not very arty speak, I love just chucking the paint on, layering it up and scraping it back until it feels just right.  In short, I'm making it up as I go along but I'm quite pleased with the results so thought I'd share these two small canvases I created for the walls of my bedroom.

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What do you think? Are you a fan of abstract or do you prefer something more realistic? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Kx

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