Art by Emma Bennett

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  • It was in the beginning...

    I have been producing art since as long as I can remember. There are countless sketch books from my childhood. From copying Disney characters to doodling spiral patterns. I come from a very artistic family. I progressed through the usual GSCE and A'Level art then onto degree level mixed in with English Literature.

    It was a few years after my art degree that I really found my art style though. I gate-crashed my sister's Art Degree trip to New York to make up the numbers. In 8 days we crammed in many art galleries and it was here I was totally inspired. I took vast quantities of photos on the trip. On my return I started to sketch New York from my photos using a simple thin line black pen, on top of a pencil outline. I outline sketched the buildings and filled them in with areas of dots and hatchings.

    My very first sketch in this style was a rather ambitious take on Times Square (my favourite part of New York). I even sketched in the people crossing the road in front of me. It's a rare thing for me to actually put people in my artwork. This was back in 2003. I was really pleased with the result. All precisely captured within an A5 space. Feedback was positive from those I showed so I continued sketching more and more images of New York. All from my photos from my holiday. Before I knew it I had finally found my art style.

    Little was I to know over 13 years later I am still sketching in the same style with a massive back catalogue documenting just about every city I have travelled to. Long may it continue!

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