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Here at The Drawing Arm we are in the business of selling illustrations, but for a time machine and a few thousand Facebook shares you could purchase Luke Morrell’s drawing arm.
Skulls are his favourite subject matter. Not for any morbid reason to do with death, piracy or out-of-body experiences but because, to Luke, they are the perfect subject for symmetry and shading. A movie addict with invisible pets, Luke has illustrated for Volcom, Hurley, Billabong, The Critical Slide Society and more. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Design but professes to being predominantly self taught.
He cites his parents as his biggest influence. ‘Having parents who are artists is a pretty damn good way to grow up. They always encouraged me to follow what I enjoyed and helped me learn and grow as an artist. Being in that environment helped to inspire my need to make things.’
Entrepreneurial even at age nine, Luke made punk pencil holders with mohawked heads and sold them at school for ice-cream money. ‘I knew art was something I wanted to pursue after my first day at school, where my teacher let me create dinosaurs out of seeds and glue on paper at the back of the class while all the other kids had to learn their ABCs and timetables. I realised that my talent gave me an advantage, so I kept creating and it has led me to where I am today.’ Hurray!