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126 Portraits For The Telly

11 Aug


These are the 8 portrait drawings I did for an event in St. David’s a few days ago. BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ filmed over two days and will eventually edit all that footage into a couple of 4 minute items. I worked with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S, F, M and B into my A5 Steampunk sketchbook. I was based inside the Goat Street Gallery while other artists (11 of us in all) worked outside in the glorious garden below, with the backdrop of the cathedral.



Between us we managed to do a hundred and twenty six paintings and drawings of the people who queued around the block. It was a fascinating but intense experience. None of the people I drew had posed before and it’s difficult to get a decent drawing and credible likeness the first time you draw someone, well it is for me anyway. I found that I put a lot of pressure on myself to do a good quality sketch that the model would like, pressure that isn’t there when I work with professional models. And it was very public, with people milling around and looking over my shoulder as well as a film crew. But it was also excellent practice and really pushed me forward. I feel far more confident about tackling portraits now. I’ll make sure to get the word out when The One Show decides to broadcast the two short films.

Two Heads And A Big Challenge

10 Aug


Two more portrait drawings I did on Thursday during the filming by BBC1s ‘The One Show ‘ in St. David’s. The first day of filming started out following local artist, Grahame Hurd-Wood, who has set himself the challenge of painting the portraits of all 1800 residents of the tiny city. He has already done 112 and aims to complete one a day over the next 5 years or so. On day 2 of the filming, I joined 10 other Welsh figurative artists to draw or paint as many people as we could.


Locals and holidaymakers queued around the block as we artists worked inside the Goat Street Gallery and out into the garden which has a glorious view over the magnificent cathedral. I worked quite small, using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens straight into an A5 sketchbook. I spent about half an hour on each of these very interesting people. One of the good things about the day was meeting new people and getting to talk to them. It was very intense but fun too.

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.

Long Day In The Tiny City

7 Aug


Another late one, just got back from a day in the tiny historic city of St. David’s where I was one of a group of figurative artists being filmed by BBC1s “The One Show”. We were based in the Goat Street Gallery and we worked from 11.30 to 5.00pm, drawing or painting the general public who were queueing up the street. I’ll tell you more in tomorrow’s blog because I really want to get off to bed. I am shattered.


Here’s Ann who sat for me for about half an hour. I drew her with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens sizes S and F into my leather Steampunk sketchbook.

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