Luke Waller


Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
At the start of UK Lockdown, a number of other countries had already been locked down for a number of weeks. Northern Italy, where this image is based is one of them. In fact, it was the first place in Europe to enact strict rules on the lives of its citizens. This image depicts Sarah Elawad living under these restrictions, waiting to find out if she was able to leave Italy to come back to London.

How was the illustration used:
Personal work connected to my research into how to communicate the emotions and feelings of living in the western world. With all the ‘things’ capitalism has allowed us to own, these fleeting experiences or material objects are no substitute for community and the natural world. The promise of ‘golden days’ - as seen out of the window - seems almost unreachable.

How did you make this work:
The scene was created in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. A variation of monoprint textures were used to give the artwork a more organic post-digital feel. The colour reflects the warmth of Northern Italy, not just in its climate but its cultural achievements. The sparse, empty room reflects the feelings we all experienced during the beginning of Lockdown - Isolation, claustrophobia, loneliness.

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United Kingdom

Luke Waller is an award-winning English illustrator, animator and lecturer working across the fields of editorial, commercial, advertising and publishing. With clients spanning the globe, Luke works regularly in the editorial sector, with clients such as The Financial Times, Nike, Footlocker, British Airways, Timeout UK, Sony Playstation, RedBull, BBC and BBC History.