I had the pleasure of drawing 14 contestants for ‘Mrs Legend’ an International beauty pageant organisation. Commissioned by their sponsor Pragnell Jewellers, I sat in an elegant suite in the Four Seasons Hotel at Tower Hill, drawing the glamourous ladies’ portraits . Each portrait took @ 12-15 minutes though I had a small amount of preparation pre-event so I had some of the guests’ sketched out’ in rough pencil format already- this took some of the time pressure off!
Yesterday I drove up to Banbury to draw guests at Aynhoe Park for Pragnell Jewellers. Booked by Susannah at Couture Events to draw at a lavish party for their loyal customers. Pragnell’s is a family owned business with stores in Leicestershire and Mayfair as well as their flagship store in Stratford-Upon-Avon. They sell the most exquisite jewellery, made in house by master craftsmen and sold alongside luxury watches such as Cartier, Rolex, Patek Philippe.
The orangery at https://aynhoepark.co.uk/ where I worked sketching guests, was adorned with taxidermy leopards, a toucan and a giraffe, seemingly being lifted by gigantic porcelain balloons.
It really was the most ostenatious location that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work in! Out of the window next to me was a stunning view over the parkland which was full of deer. My guests kept spotting huge stags whilst I drew their portraits. It was a crazy busy 5 hours with barely time to change my paint water, but a thoroughly enjoyable day!
Kathy and I were invited to stay at Badrutt's Palace Hotel in St. Moritz to draw fashion portraits of their special guests for an event to celebrate 100 years of jewellery watch making. It was an informative talk in a beautiful suite in the world famous luxury ski resort. We prepared 'poses' before the event so watches could be photographed and printed onto watercolour paper which we then drew the portraits. The event was a huge success, Kathy and I managed to draw nearly 40 portraits between us in 3 hours. To view Kathy's work please visit www.kathywyatt.com . You can also read my agent illustration web’s blog here -https://www.illustrationweb.com/news/3695/bulgari_celebrates_with_live_event_drawing_duo
Kathy and I on the balcony of the Helen Badrutt Suite, photographed by brand ambassador Walter Lussu
At the end of April, Jacqueline spent time in The Wonder Room at Selfridges drawing customers at a most unique event. Bulgari were showcasing Elizabeth Taylor's private collection of jewels. Famously passionate for the brand, the diamond encrusted snakehead seen on the bracelet that she wore in the film 'Cleopatra' has since adorned many of Bulgari's unique designs from handbags to diamond rings. I drew customers' portraits onto paper which had been printed with a photograph of a stunning Liz Taylor necklace so they could even 'take it home with them'! (or at least an image on paper!)
In April Jacqueline flew to Paris to meet her Paris agent Marie Bastille (www.mariebastille.com). An early start at De Beers and a very long day sketching, first of all press and then customers at the launch of their wedding collection. Jacqueline sat amongst beautiful diamond engagement, wedding and eternity rings, it was the perfect atelier for the day- it was an unusual job as DeBeers wanted pencil sketches with a little soft pink watercolour to show off the diamonds.
Diamonds are definitely a girl's best friend!
Back in late November, I had the honour of working at Ragley Hall near Stratford Upon Avon. A wonderful, Grade 1 listed mansion set in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, near where I grew up. PragnelI is a fabulous family-run jewellers with shops in Stratford-Upon-Avon and London. They sell the most beautiful watches and jewellery, both contemporary and Antique. The company, now run by Charlie Pragnell prides itself on extensive knowledge of gemstones and certainly seemed to 'go that extra mile' to find the perfect piece for their loyal customers. I painted some of the guest's portraits in the music room, next to the main room where champagne flowed and live artists and beautiful dancers entertained.