Two Heads In Goat Street

9 Aug


Here are 2 more portrait drawings I did at the Goat Street Gallery in St Davids a couple of days ago. I was one of 11 artists gathered together by BBC1s ‘ The One Show ‘ to draw / paint as many portraits as possible in 5 hours. I was very nervous, people were queueing up the street, getting a likeness in a short time is something I find very difficult and this was all done in public, under the scrutiny of the public and a film crew.


I had been practicing for a couple of weeks, doing speed drawings from photographs on the Internet, setting myself an upper time limit of 4 minutes. But this was completely different, drawing people live is very intense. Each one took about half an hour. They were very patient, none of them had ever modelled before.

I drew with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S, F and B, into my leather bound Steampunk sketchbook.

6 Responses to “Two Heads In Goat Street”

  1. jhv57 August 10, 2014 at 22:34 #

    Wow! A command performance. Wonderful work.

  2. Angie Thompson August 10, 2014 at 08:53 #

    Wow! What a great idea and an amazing challenge. I wish I’d known about it we were camped out not too far away from St David’s last week, I’d have come along!!! I have a ‘speed -date’ portrait drawing warm-up activity I do in workshops. I set a kitchen timer for 2 – 5 minutes, when the buzzer goes off the group move on to the next person, it’s so much fun and produces fab drawings. How many did you manage?

    • Rosie Scribblah August 10, 2014 at 14:50 #

      Oh what a pity, would have been great to see you. I did 9 @ half an hour each. It’s a balance between speed and producing a decent drawing and likeness. I love your speed date exercise 😀

  3. anna warren portfolio August 10, 2014 at 08:39 #

    What a wonderful challenge, really something to stretch you. These are great, definitely ‘real’ people!

    • Rosie Scribblah August 10, 2014 at 14:51 #

      Thank you, it really pushed me. I was shattered the next day.

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