New Watercolour Artist has arrived into the gallery ...
Over the past 6 years Harry has been working towards completing his degree in Architecture at London Metropolitan University. Alongside his studies, Harry works as an Architectural Assistant for a local practice in Braintree. His interest in drawing and illustration has developed over the length of his architecture career with a particular focus on hand drawing and sketching. Since then, he has been constantly developing his technique through a range of subjects including architecture, automotive and landscape scenes.
During the lockdown period Harry set himself a goal of producing a sketch a day, each piece was an individual challenge and an opportunity to explore a mix of styles. With a broad and selection of work, he decided to set up a small online shop where he could sell prints of my original pieces. This opened up a whole new side of the art world. He has begun to build his art brand and slowly reached out to a wider audience and taking on commissions.
We sat down with Harry and had a "In Conversation" to learn a little bit more about the artist.... we do hope you enjoy this interview with Harry...
Q. I would like to ask if you don’t mind, where did you grow up and did it have a bearing on you artwork?
I moved to a small town on the East coast of Spain at a young age, spending all my childhood there as far back as I can remember. Education in Spain is fairly different to the UK but I began to develop an interest in the technical drawing subjects and those that involved a bit more of a free mindset and creative approach. My interest drawing has developed alongside my interest in built environment and has lead me to follow a career in architecture up to the present day.
Q. Describe a working day as an artist and do you work in a studio or at the location you paint?
At the moment I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like to on my artwork. It started as a hobby and has slowly grown into something like a small business. The majority of my time is spent developing my career in architecture and I use my illustrations as downtime and weekend relaxation. Most of my work is created after days out from my own photographs. I often carry a small sketchbook wherever I go, capturing the live and changing landscape with quick scribbles and loose watercolour.
Q. Have you had any previous jobs before becoming an Artist?
I am on a career path to become an architect, currently working as an Architectural Assistant for a local practice. My love of drawing has evolved throughout my studies and career, shaping the style and themes that I choose to sketch, most commonly buildings and landmarks but this is ever changing with the trial of new techniques and mediums.
Q. Are there any little tips or tricks you’ve learned over the years, that would help or inspire budding artists?
It’s a very obvious tip but the most Important thing I believe is to practice, practice, practice. Also not to judge yourself based on other people’s work, because ultimately everyone’s style and vision is unique.
Q. What music do you listen to when you are working?
I don’t really have any specific music I listen to, it mostly depends on the day and what frame of mind I find myself in. Having grown up abroad, I do quite often listen to vibrant Reggaeton music which does influence the style and speed of my drawing. Otherwise I go for an alternative selection of music with varied artists and genres.
Q. What piece of equipment can’t you do without?
My most used piece of equipment are my fineliners, in particular Pigma Micron 0.03 and 0.05 by Sakura . I have found these pens to be great at small details and have helped complete some of the more intricate pieces. Other must haves in my bag are a rough textured watercolour pad and a set of basic watercolours.
Q. The main theme of paintings with Wonky Wheel are buildings can you share with the customer where you get your inspiration from and why?
My inspiration comes mostly from my interest in the built environment, with these paintings I look to capture a specific view or quality of a scene, using a mix of intricate detail and loose watercolour. I also find a lot of my influences come from looking at other artists and how they depict important aspects such as light and shadow.
Q. What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
When I have a pen or brush in hand I am in complete control of what I am drawing, I quite often like to use “artistic licence” by slightly changing the subject, I believe it makes a painting unique and personal to the artist.
Q. What have been your highlights or biggest achievements so far?
There have been a few milestones that I have recently achieved, firstly the opening of my small online shop, it was a chance to get my artwork out there and taught me a whole new set of rules about what an artist can do. Secondly, was the great opportunity offered by the Wonky Wheel gallery, being able to produce 5 bespoke pieces to hang on the gallery wall. I will say this must be my biggest achievement, being able to see my work up on the wall alongside other amazing artists.
Q. How would you describe the life of an artist in just 3 words.
Sketch – Paint - Repeat
Q. What advice would you give to younger self about starting a career as an artist?
Be persistent and attempt different styles, taken on new techniques and capture different subjects. I believe this to be a great way to determine your likes and dislikes.
You can find out more about Harry Breeden and his available watercolour artwork by clicking here