My 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!
I 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.
My 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!
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