Delicate lines and negative space from Liam Stevens
Liam Stevens is a talented designer and illustrator based in London. Over the last few years we’ve watched his work evolve from intensely detailed diorama-like pencil drawings to pared back, sophisticated and atmospheric compositions.
With a pen, pencil or paintbrush, Liam mostly creates work using simple, consistent line-work with a focus on geometric shapes. From simple, continuous, organic curves to regimented and thought-out crosshatching, his work is an exploration of these varying examples of line-work execution. Much of the time, the work is semi-abstract with line, form and colour only just hinting at forms and objects. A masterful use of negative space and balance combined with the vast landscapes and spaces which he portrays create a serene, soft experience for the viewer. The result is a restrained, minimal aesthetic that is unmistakable for Liam’s work.
We enjoyed scrolling through Liam Stevens Tumblr, a digital visual diary of sorts. It’s a beautiful collection of process, documentation and sketchbook explorations that don’t make the cut of his website. It’s more casual, and shows experimental, detailed line drawings of nature and environments, cut up newspaper combined with pencil for restrained collages, and explorations of colour in an array of mediums. If it’s any indication of how immersed we became in Liam’s visual wonderland, we scrolled back to the beginning of the archive and somehow just wanted even more.