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Doodlewash by Luke Scriven

Doodlewash by Luke Scriven

Doodlewash by Luke Scriven - watercolor sketch and children's illustration of boy run up a tree by wolvesMy name is Luke Scriven, I live in Bradford on Avon, a small town in the South West of England (follow me on Instagram!). I like to use a pen and watercolours to create my pictures, usually in the dead of night with a coffee… it’s very important that everyone else is in bed so that I don’t feel I’m missing out on anything!

Doodlewash by Luke Scriven - watercolor sketch and children's illustration of elephant standing on red ballI use a 0.2 waterproof pen, cheap A4 printing paper and a lightbox my dad built for me to create the composition. When I’m happy, I transfer to watercolour paper and usually mess it up … so I try another. I’ll normally have a film or some music on, something nostalgic to take my mind off of the fact I might be about to waste another bit of expensive paper! It usually all comes together in the end though. 

Doodlewash by Luke Scriven - watercolor sketch and children's illustration of Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are

Doodlewash by Luke Scriven - watercolor sketch and children's illustration of little boy peering over the stairs at a lion's tailMy family have always encouraged me to paint/draw especially my nan. She has provided me with hints and tips over the years, my favourite being, ‘You have to use the white of the paper to your advantage!’ I think just trying a lot of different things and making mistakes is important. In terms of inspiration I like to paint animals and anything that makes people react with an ‘aww.’ Really though, if I’m honest, I paint to impress my nan!

Luke Scriven


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  1. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    I LOVE Luke’s work…especially since I’m a fan of kid lit art! These are seriously awesome. I hope Luke has considered querying an agent for representation or sending samples to art directors at publishing houses because I can totally see him illustrating children’s books! And, by the way, his nan is brilliant. 🙂

    • Author

      Yay!! I was SO hoping you’d catch this one Teresa. I thought of you when I was posting it! Isn’t Luke great? I agree! He definitely needs to be illustrating books! 😀

      • Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

        I try not to miss any of your posts, but sometimes my internet won’t cooperate or I am totally swamped. 🙂 Luke has serious talent!

  2. M. L. Kappa 7 years ago

    Not much wasted paper, as far as I can see. Theses are lovely!

  3. anniedrawsthings 7 years ago

    So in love with Luke’s work! The whimsical style is perfect for children’s lit illustration. This feature definitely got an “awww” and a smile from me. 🙂

  4. Arts & Rhymes 7 years ago

    Very lovely! 🙂

  5. weisserwatercolours 7 years ago

    ….really really charming

  6. These are astonishing! As Teresa says Luke should really contact an illustration agent (listed in the Artists’ and Writers’ Yearbook in public libraries), or the Society of Illustrators in the UK, or just send a link to his Instagram page to publishers like Nosy Crow or Walker Books. I’m sure they’d be interested. Hats off to Luke’s Nan for her encouragement and her great advice!

  7. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Luke, your art is wonderous and magical. Thanks for sharing. Thank you Charlie.

  8. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    Yes, these drawings are imaginative and magical Luke! Thank you for sharing them Charlie.

  9. jotsfromasmallapt 7 years ago

    AMAZING. Luke needs to really, really listen to all the above good advice!

  10. h12palacio 7 years ago

    What a great artist! I love Luke’s work, and his Nan’s advise. And I definitely agree that this is no wasted paper. Absolutely AMAZING work.

  11. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Brilliant and lovely! Wonderful use of composition and whimsy. Thank you for sharing these magic gems.

  12. memadtwo 7 years ago

    Calvin and Hobbes feel to this…delightful! (K)

  13. YesterdayAfter 7 years ago

    Wonderful work I love Luke creativity and little cute characters fantastic Illustrations I went to check out his Instagram and there is lots of great more work to see! Thank you Charlie your selection of guest artist is always great and inspiring!

  14. […] nothing like my own, but they are still my role models. An artist far closer to these would be the brilliant artist Luke Scriven who was featured here a couple of years ago. And even though this stylistic direction was my favorite, I discovered […]

  15. pauhana45 3 months ago

    Luke, I agree with those who suggested you should and could illustrate children’s books. Your imagination is wonderful, and long live your Nan!

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