UK-based artist Demi Lang specializes in architectural drawings that are so precise and detailed that it’s difficult to believe that she is self-taught. For over 15 years, Lang has produced her incredible drawings using India ink, pens, and pencils. The results are mixed media drawings that tell the story of both local and international architecture.
Lang’s passion for drawing and enthusiasm for structures came together quite easily, with the artist constantly on the lookout for new places to sketch. “I am in awe of the architects and craftsmen who make these buildings and I’m interested in the history behind them,” she tells My Modern Met. “When you stop and look closely, there is so much to see.”
By both wandering around the cities she visits and studying reference photographs, Lang carefully selects what piece of architecture to draw next. She’s particularly attracted to how light falls on the buildings and creates magnificent highlights and shadows. She aims to capture architecture when it’s bathed in sunlight.
Given how realistic her drawings are, it should come as no surprise that Lang has amassed quite a following online. She often posts her work in progress on Instagram, where nearly 35,000 fans admire her illustrations. Through videos and close-up photographs, it’s possible to see how she works with fine line pens and adds finishing touches of gold with small brushes.
Lang is quite open with her fans about her creative process and has an open dialogue that allows them to ask questions. Whether it’s inquiring about the paper she uses—Strathmore toned gray—or what is her favorite gold paint—Liquitex acrylic ink in iridescent bright gold—she’s an open book about her creative process. She even has an Amazon storefront where you can see all of her recommended materials.
Through her work, Lang hopes that people will feel her passion for architecture and get as excited as she does about the details of each building. “My intention is to bring my subject to life on the paper and I hope the viewer experiences this and can appreciate the wonderful architectural details in a realistic and likable form. I also try to make more ordinary buildings become more interesting for the viewer by using light, shadow, and details.”