HOME Made: Ben’s lo-fi art

Welcome to HOME Made, where we’re delving into some of the cool skills and hobbies our clever bunch of Homies have.

This time, it’s the turn of our Creative Director, Ben Bateson, to show us the art he started creating in lockdown.

What is it you do?

Drawings, doodles, lo-fi art – all done with a mouse. Then I started selling them at benbateson.co.uk.

How long have you been doing it?

I started in July 2020.

How often do you do it?

Whenever I fancy – if an idea comes to mind I’ll set to work on it. My list gets added to weekly!

What do you love about it?

It’s just fun applying my style to stuff. I use a ton of white space, but I really like how that feels a bit different.

Nothing better than sticking some music on, sitting back and seeing where my mouse takes me and how I can bring my style to a person, building or whatever else.

How did you get into it?

I guess it was thanks to lockdown. I just started because there was more downtime – did a few and thought “these sorta look half decent” – started posting them on Insta and people seemed to dig it.

Who or what inspires you?

Everything and anything. Music massively. 70s rock ‘n’ roll, Ozzy Osbourne’s tasselled sleeves, film, pop culture, TV, super heroes – but then also anything from architecture to the local craft beer shop. Basically anything I think my style will lend itself to. Also just seeing people liking my work, leaving nice comments. If I can bring something nice to people’s eyeballs while they’re scrolling then all for the better. It’s also great seeing other artists doing their thing and sharing their styles.

Any top tips or tricks for people wanting to get into it?

Just have a go, what’s the worst that could happen. My mate said to me “but I thought you couldn’t draw?” – which probably tells you all you need to know. He’s right by the way.

Have you had any epic fails along the way?

No not really – it’s all been pretty chilled and lovely.

What has your proudest moment been?

Back in October Gallery1988 (@galleries1988) in Los Angeles asked for new artist submissions for their upcoming shows – something they’ve rarely done in their 17 year history.

So I sent some work, waited, and then got an email saying they dug my work and invited me to exhibit – aces!

They’re the world’s first pop culture gallery so it was ace to be asked.

I’ve just done my first show in January which was ‘30 Years Later – films from 1991’ I went with Doughboy from Boyz n the Hood.

Then I just sent my prints for the next show in February, which is the ‘Willy Wonka Anniversary Show’. Gonna be good.

What is your favourite thing you’ve done so far?

Ah crap. I can’t pick one. I guess Joker, Bowie and Freddie hold a dear place in my heart as these were the ones where I really felt that this could be a thing.

Written by:

Ben Bateson Creative Director


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