Meet the Woman Making Beautiful Hand-Sketched Art for Watch Nerds
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Meet the Woman Making Beautiful Hand-Sketched Art for Watch Nerds

J ulie Kraulis has been drawing her entire life, but when she was sketching, painting and playing with crayons at her kitchen table as a kid, she probably never thought she’d make a living drawing watches. Kraulis, as of present, doesn’t even own or wear a watch. “It’s crazy, I’m a watch artist and I’ve never had one my whole life,” she tells me. “Time has never been all that important to me, I flow through my day without much attention to it. So I never needed a watch for practicality’s sake.” Yet Kraulis has quickly become something of an Instagram sensation in the watch community with over 13,000 followers thanks to her incredibly-detailed, hand-sketched portraits of watches that, by her estimate, take anywhere between 200 to 280 hours and 30 to 50 pencils to finish. (Her weapon of choice, if you’re curious, is the Staedtler Mars Lumograph .) And while she has sketched modern timepieces before, her main subjects are vintage pieces like Paul Newman’s iconic Daytona or, most currently, Steve McQueen’s Rolex Submariner . But Kraulis’s sketches are more than just meticulously crafted, insanely detailed prints – they hint at the rich backgrounds and personalities of each […]

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