St Davids Day

To all my Welsh fans and readers: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!


If you’re not familiar with the day itself and what it all stands for, then heres a quick summary: The day itself is the celebration of the legacy of Wales’ Patron Saint who of course was called ‘David’ and died around 589-601 AD. For centuries since, March 1st has become an annual event to celebrate such a life, with parades, food festivals and music events all taking place around the UK and across the world to highlight this historic figure. He’s known for his pilgrimages in an attempt to spread the word of Christianity at the time, as well as performing miracles with his most famous involving the arrival of a white dove and rising of ground whilst preaching, with the former largely reflected in his historical iconography.

I myself have drawn various aspects and locations of Wales, including the Cardiff city centre drawn similar to my signature urban style as well as featuring its famous agricultural icons as part of a bespoke work for the Oxford Farming Conference (see above).



I’m also currently working on featuring even more of Wales famous bits of iconography that doesn’t just revolve around architecture, in my up and coming piece which is an extension of what I created for the Oxford Farming Conference, something been mentioning regularly on this blog! You can see where I’m at with this currently below:


I personally would like to extend my wishes to all my Welsh fans, readers and bloggers and hope you have a fantastic day celebrating in whatever way you decide!


From The Drawing Board: 23/02/16

In regards to the cathedrals they keep coming! Theres still a few more in the pipeline and even though I’m not sure in the end if theres space on the map for all of them, I still definitely want to do them so I can decide which ones I’m going to use in the end.


Studying and analysing them has shown me that each one of them has their very own character and personality, meaning I really want to capture the spirit and the essence of each and every one of them. Of course the challenge that’s also here is to simplify the construction and the different elements but at the same time I also want to suggest a complex structure, so for example if you have those (i think they’re called) ‘buttresses’, drawing those becomes quite a challenging thing because that can end up with a complete mess if you want to depict all of them, but I’m trying to find a way to simplify that and to give an idea that they are there.


The other thing I’m finding extremely fascinating about all these cathedrals are the very intricate yet massive windows that you find amongst any of them. They’re very delicate and involve lots of  secondary structures and even smaller details of things like little rosettes… there’s a lot of fascinating elements to each and every one.

The challenge now really to get everything right, getting enough detail but not too much!




100pcs Jigsaw Giveaway

Just a quick post providing my thoughts on Arty Globe’s 100pcs Jigsaw range and their latest giveaway featuring my work:

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“Basically ever since we got them in and I saw them for the first time I’ve always wanted to touch and play with them because they have those bright vibrant colours as well as a glossy smooth finish, so in a way without blowing my own trumpet I find that these are the nicest jigsaw puzzles I’ve ever seen. With this kind of completion people have the chance to win two of the designs on offer if they’re happy to subscribe to our mailing list which is nothing short of great!”

Click here for more information at the Arty Globe in regards to the giveaway itself and to enter!

From The Drawing Board: 15/02/2016



Currently I’m exploring the way in which I present my topography within the map itself, which is the visual gradient that portrays land height on a map. Because of all the added elements that I’m incorporating into the map, I’m currently trying to decide wether or not to have a mixture of colours to define the height of whats not flat, or to sticking to a singular colour to define this. The dilemma at the minute is considering wether or not so much complexity is suitable for an image of this nature. Going back one step and creating the topography with different shades of green seem to be allowing for the icons that i plan to place on-top much more visible to the eye, but this is still very early days and I still need to find out what works best for myself.





Starting in the south west (Cornwall) I’m currently exploring the composition of which to apply my selected icons. Ive been to cornwall in the past, with places like Newquay staying fondly my brain; I particularly remember newquay having a floating rock structure with a bridge that lead to a house, which I’ve incorporated here. A lot of these illustrations boiled down to research, a particular fascination was found by discovering that the climate here allowed for tropical vegetation to grow (as shown in the palm tree, if you can spot it!) which I thought would be fun to include. i also incorporated food which included the infamous ‘Cornish Pasty’ as well as the ‘Stargaze Pie’. These icons haven’t reached the colouring stage yet but as you can see there placement has been finalised.




So far I’ve not really posted much about the pictures of the very first drafts of the iconography I’ve been making. In particular I’ve been keen to incorporate a structure which is quite quintessentially english, and that being cathedrals. There almost something dinosaur-esque in their nature I find with the scale, presence and age having a lot to do with this sentiment. they’ve got personality, are steeped in history and are quite commanding in their presence.

I want to try and include as many as I can within the map itself, with this in mind heres a few that I’m currently working on with them being in their rough draft stages (which if you follow this blog will understand that this is where everything all begins).


Ely Cathedral


Sailsbury and Winchester Cathedral’s

Guest Book: First Entries

One of the great things about exhibitions is your ability to come to your own conclusions and form your own opinions on what you see, so we thought what better way than to allow you the viewers to put pen to paper and let us know what you think!

Here’s a few that Hartwig particularly loves since opening last thursday:




If you’re local, why don’t you come and see the show for yourself and contribute to the book? We plan to keep posting our favourite comments hence-forth every so often, so if you’re lucky you may even feature!

Opening Night: Hand drawn by Hartwig Braun

We’ve been teasing you with sneak peaks of our preparations for months now, not only on our social platforms, newsletters but also on our blogs, and after what has been years of dreaming, months of planing and many challenges, the day finally came for Hartwig to have his first solo exhibition on February 4th aptly entitled ‘Hand Drawn by Hartwig Braun’

Largely based upon his drawing methods and processes, this exhibition is designed to explain the one thing people have always asked: “How do you do this? Where do you start?”. Starting from initial rough sketches which lead to singular line drawings of what you normally see upstairs, this show is designed to give you a chronological understanding as to how Hartwig’s works come to pass, and develop into the intensely intricate and colourful things you see in their complete forms.

This space also includes a first public glimpse of personal endeavours and commissions that Hartwig has undertaken, as well as special edition versions of previously complete and seen artworks. The response to our opening night was met with incredible acclaim which we the team are extremely pleased about, but no one was more glad than Hartwig:



“Before it began i felt extremely happy that we finally made it, because this essentially took years to come to fruition and over the past few months it came together very fast. The idea has always been thrown around, however always nice when a plan or a project comes together and finally gets there!

I was also very curious about how people would react and what they would say. Fast forward to an hour into the opening and to be completely honest i completely switched off, all I was concentrating on was the next person I was in presence off and explaining my process. However I was very aware of what was going on around me and I was very happy that the night seemed to be such a huge success! there were not just close friends coming but also people who were impartial and the response was so positive!


Isaac’s thoughts:

I was really pleased to see it finally finished with all the final touches complete and fully realised. there was a point where I wasn’t sure if we were going to happen in time but it all fell into place just when needed, which is of course brilliant.

The evening was extremely special indeed and even if we look at things objectively and focus purely on the turn-out from the public, it really as a success. Positive feedback, everyone loved the space and also the fact that they now know how he works, which was the ultimate point. I’m really proud to see it all finished after it taking such a long time to get there, but the real joy is now knowing that now everyone can come downstairs and know what he’s about just by looking.


Seeing the space like this and the hugely positive response we received from this event  has also given us the scope and confidence to plan and consider external events similar to these in a pop-up format, wether in our own space or externally. This is something which we will obviously be keeping you up to date with, as well as how the downstairs develops with time!

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