Featured Artist Lux Wood

Artist Lux Wood draws strong, enigmatic characters set in magical fantasy scenes. Visit the artist’s website to learn more about her work.

 

mixed media drawing of a woman with wings by Lux Wood

“In between worlds” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 32cm x 41cm

 

I was born and grew up in the south of Paris, France. I’ve always been passionate about movies, television series, and plays, and I’ve spent a lot of time drawing characters from them. My first obsession was the movie Labyrinth. I spent hours drawing David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. At school, my notebooks began to fill with characters and various drawings instead of class notes.

 

Mixed media drawing of a young man by Lux Wood

“Don’t blink” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 24cm x 32cm

 

I was awestruck when the movie The Lord of the Rings came out. I saw and read everything there was on the subject, and I went to see the exhibition of the drawings of Alan Lee and John Howe at the National Library.

 

mixed media drawing of a man with tattoos by Lux Wood

“Galaxies and tattoos are cool” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 24cm x 32cm

 

I felt like l was in a trance when I looked at their drawings. I could not take my eyes off the perfect lines and their beautiful and original creations. It seemed almost magical, as if the artists had no difficulty but only perfect fluidity when they drew their images. Since then, my goal has been to reach such a level of precision in my own work.

 

mixed media drawing of a Star Trek character by Lux Wood

“In between worlds” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 32cm x 41cm

 

Today, I continue to use characters from movies, television series, and plays that I love as models. My goal is to bring out their essence—what makes them who they are.

 

mixed media drawing of a man with a hood by Lux Wood

“The Wendimoor wanderer” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 24cm x 32cm

 

When I accomplish bringing their inner being to the outside, I feel as though I am making their soul visible in my composition.

 

mixed media drawing of a man in a cloudy setting by Lux Wood

“The Otherworldly man” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 24cm x 32cm

 

I then place my characters in fantastic scenes—fairy, steampunk and post-apocalyptic—creating a vibrating and energetic world around them.

 

mixed media drawing of a beautifully dressed woman with red hair by Lux Wood

“Underwood Diva” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 24cm x 32cm

 

I do most of my drawings on paper, especially on the beautifully tinted Canson paper that enhances all the colors I use on it. I like to mix drawing techniques and mediums. Some of my favorites are alcohol markers, micron pens, Polychromos colored pencils and the white Posca pens that I use to make everything pop and come together. I also use touches of paint and acrylic ink, most often in bronze or gold.

 

mixed media drawing of a steampunk cowboy by Lux Wood

“The Steampunk cowboy” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 32cm x 41cm

 

I like to challenge myself and regularly draw new elements like crystals, feathers, pearls, flowers and animals. I enjoy making my illustrations sparkle, drawing shiny, shimmering textures and playing with shadows and light. This allows me to expand the possibilities of my compositions so that I may convey my visions as faithfully as possible.

 

mixed media drawing of a man in a swamp with one hand and tattoos by Lux Wood

“You shall not breathe” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 24cm x 32cm

 

It’s important that my characters project a feeling of inner strength and confidence. To achieve this, I always spend a lot of time giving their eyes great intensity. I want people to come away with a sense of wonder and energy when they see my drawings, and to feel the strength and power that I breathe into them.

 

mixed media drawing of a warrior with multiple monster arms by Lux Wood

“Monster” Mixed Media Drawing on Tinted Paper, 24cm x 32cm

 

I want to transmit through my illustrations those powerful emotions that I have when I see these characters on stage or on the screen.

 

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