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Luke Scriven

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Green, red, yellow, brown, blue… If you look in Luke Scriven’s paintbox you’ll probably find ‘cute’ hiding in there next to all the colours and brushes he uses. One of his goals as an illustrator is to make viewers say ‘awww’, which they do with regularity, and the Wiltshire-based artist has honed his unique style for the children’s market.
One of Luke’s favourite pieces of advice came from his grandmother, who encouraged him to draw and paint as a child. “You have to use the white of the paper to your advantage,” she told him. Add his expert watercolour techniques and knack for capturing an expression in a few gestural marks, and Luke is able to generate narrative just like his heroes Maurice Sendak and Tove Janson. He has a BA Hons in Animation from Southampton Solent University.

Approach

Luke begins with a series of line drawings in pen that are usually more complex than his finished image. Working on a lightbox, he traces the main lines and transfers them to watercolour paper where he builds up the image traditionally using paints and waterproof pen. Once complete, the image is scanned, cleaned up and delivered digitally.

Style

Luke’s soft, simple, scratchy, scrawly images are clear and accessible, with nuance introduced through his skilful use of light and shadow.

Client list

ITV, Armani, Tatler, FCB Inferno, Condé Nast, Ogilvy and Mather and Aberdeen City Council are among Luke’s clients.
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Character Art Of Zelda: Link and Navi
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Lonely little astronaut
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Character art of Ogre and little girl
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Illustration of an elephant performing circus
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Little Fox Under The Tree
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Children's Illustration Of Little Elf
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Watercolour artwork of child with creatures
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Cartoon character of kid playing on puddle
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Black & white sketch of children
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Black & white drawing of sail boating
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Pikachu fairytale art
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Mouse flying with air balloon
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Watercolour painting of little fox
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Children's illustration of kid and deer
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Fishing in the rain watercolour art
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Little bears painting
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Children's illustration
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Bigger bear looking at the child
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Watercolour painting of man with elephant
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Illustration of man sleeping under a tree
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Cartoon animals
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T Rex Riding Unicycle
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Game of Thrones Sigils Watercolour Art
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Mungarmi creatures illustration
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Character Design By Luke Scriven Illustrator
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Child on tree branch surrounded by wolves
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Hedgehog Love Card Design By Luke Scriven
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Watercolour painting of cats in love
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I was immediately drawn to Luke's illustration style and was thrilled he could take on my my projects, he was such a pleasure to work with! The sketches were well developed and on time, and he really brought the stories to life in such clever ways, but seeing final art was truly like receiving a gift! I’m looking forward to working with him again on our next set of children’s books.
Shaun N. Bernadou: Art Director, Teacher Created Materials