Hello and welcome to Hartwig Braun’s personal blog! Home of his thoughts and feelings about current works in progress, latest goings on and previous endeavours. This is designed to give you a more personal insight into his working method as well as a means for you to follow Hartwig’s journey beyond the Arty Globe brand, but as a bonafide artist in his own right.
What better way to start this all off than to explain how Hartwig went from Architect to Artist in the space of only a few short years. Heres what Hartwig himself had to say about the process…
It all started when Isaac saw a small postcard size image of Amsterdam, which I myself did a few years ago and sent to family and friends as a christmas card. He too one look at the card and proclaimed “This is really brilliant, the colours, the quirky perspectives; This is great!”.
He turned to me and said “You should spend some time doing other cities as well. Why don’t you do London?” I was hesitant at first and wasn’t sure that I was able to do bigger images, or that I even had the means! Being a full time architect meant that the time I had free to explore this was minimal, but Isaac was adamant that I gave this a try. After about 6 months of quizzing and encouraging, I finally sat down and worked on my first even panoramic view of London.
Isaac Lilos, partner to Hartwig personally, has this to say about Hartwig’s development as an artist:
When he finished that London image we were both amazed with his creation. He admitted to me later on that he never realized he could do such full scale artwork before and that he discovered his real passion in life. He asked me many times afterwards “how did you know that I can do it? what made you pester me for so long?” and to be honest I don’t know, I just felt so strongly about it. It makes me see things differently all the time. I have seen it hundreds of times over the past few years and still I find new details every time I look at it. If I am having a bad day, all I need to do is take a look at his portfolio and it cheers me up immensely. I also love the humorous details he puts into his artwork, ones you need to look very carefully to spot and see.
It is an inspiring experience to watch Hartwig do his artwork. I love the way he studies the aerial view of a building and just puts a few lines on paper and suddenly the same building appears the way it does. It is a pleasure to see how the initial bones of the work at first draft becomes a beautifully detailed drawing at the 10th one. I don’t know where he finds the patience to do it. Frankly, if it was me, the whole thing would fly out of the window after the first few lines – I just don’t have the patience for that, But luckily I am not the artist!
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