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Artist Creates Detailed Pen Drawings That Merge Real and Mythical Landscapes

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia Kemp

British artist Olivia Kemp creates incredibly detailed, large-scale pen drawings that depict real-world landscapes. However, each piece isn’t an exact representation of the locations—instead, Kemp injects her own mythical twist into each sketched environment, merging fantasy with reality. Her latest works are inspired by the artist’s travels to Malta and Bavaria and were created using photographs, on-location sketches, and her own memories as references.

“I draw in order to make sense of landscape but also to construct and re-model it,” says Kemp. “I build worlds and imaginary places that grow out of a need to interpret the sites that I have known, expanding and developing them across a page. This encompasses everything, from the visions of a grand landscape right down to the details of the land, the plants and creatures that may inhabit it.”

Despite the lack in color, Kemp’s distinct work is rich in detail and texture, each one taking several months to complete. In one piece titled Ascending The High Pass, traditional Bavarian-style castles can be seen dotted among towers, spruce trees, and a winding train track that connects the hillside city through a series of arches, bridges, and tunnels. For the Malta-inspired landscape drawing, titled Melita, Maleth, Kemp focused on the Mediterranean island’s exotic plant life. A flush garden of cacti and flora is illustrated as the foreground to an ancient fortresses town.

Both works will be included in the group exhibition, Early Modern Matters, which opens on September 6, 2018 and runs through September 29, 2018 at James Freeman Gallery in London.

In the meantime, you can see more of Kemp’s work on Instagram.

Artist Olivia Kemp creates incredibly detailed pen drawings that depict real-world landscapes, but with an imaginary twist.

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia Kemp

“Ascending The High Pass”

The artist’s latest works are inspired by her travels to Malta and Bavaria.

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia Kemp

“Ascending The High Pass”

In Ascending The High Pass, traditional Bavarian-style castles can be seen dotted among towers, spruce trees, and a winding train track.

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia Kemp

“Ascending The High Pass”

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia Kemp

“Ascending The High Pass”

In Melita, Maleth, Kemp illustrated Malta’s exotic plant life as the foreground to an ancient fortresses town.

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia Kemp

“Melita, Maleth”

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia Kemp

“Melita, Maleth”

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia Kemp

“Melita, Maleth”

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia Kemp

“Melita, Maleth”

Detailed Pen Drawings by Olivia KempOlivia Kemp: Website | Instagram | Twitter

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Olivia Kemp.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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