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Luke Scriven

Luke Scriven - Wiltshire, United Kingdom based illustrator

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 The Betterment Mayfair are among Luke’s clients.
The Betterment Children's Menu
The Betterment Children's Menu
Luke Scriven illustrates a kid's menu for Richard Atherton & Paul Walsh's Restaurant; The Betterment.
The Betterment Children's Menu
Santa's Leftover Magic
Santa's Leftover Magic
Luke Scriven works with creative agency AMV BBDO on a magical animated book for an Asda Christmas online campaign.
Santa's Leftover Magic
Dancing on Ice
Dancing on Ice
Get your dancing shoes on with Luke Scriven who has just completed this fantastic animation for the ITV show Dancing on Ice
Dancing on Ice
Penguin Post
Penguin Post
Luke Scriven created this delightful festive image with traditional watercolours and a sprinkle of Christmas magic.
Penguin Post
Armani's Fashion Revolution
Armani's Fashion Revolution
Conde Nast ask Luke Scriven for several fashion themed fairytale artworks.
Armani's Fashion Revolution
Luke Scriven's SCRAPBOOK
Luke Scriven's SCRAPBOOK
Ambitions and inspirations are discussed in our latest Scrapbook interview with Luke Scriven.
Luke Scriven's SCRAPBOOK
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