I had the pleasure of working in my favourite store Selfridges again, last weekend. Decorté invited me to draw live for 2 days, sketching their customers whilst they shopped. The brand is very popular in Japan and they are promoting to coincide with the Lunar New Year. Selfridges as always, had a wonderful, lively atmosphere.
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!
I had a great time over the Royal Wedding weekend, working on the first floor of the beautiful Regency building. Staff were very welcoming and it was great to work in a place with a lovely 'family feeling'! The glitzy opening evening was attended by the fashion glitterati who came to listen to Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey who gave a fabulous talk on the styling of Ralph's new collection. The following 3 days I spent linked up to a large monitor where guests were invited to try on the new collection, styled by the staff. I then sketched them on my iPad Pro, emailing the illustrations directly to them.
Had a fab time in Qatar last week. An incredibly busy week which doubled in size after meeting the owner of Van Cleef & Arpels himself. I was meant to work monday and tuesday and ending up there all week. Drawing the most glamourous ladies in Doha, I captured them in pencil in @ 10 minutes, working up to 10 hours per day! It's exhausting work but incredibly satisfying. I must've drawn 100 special guests over the course of the week. Managed to have a little time sightseeing- Doha is like a mini Dubai with many modern skyscrapers. There's an underground system being constructed in time for the World Cup in 2022. The Jewellery and Watch exhibition (@DJWE2017) was opened by the Prince of Qatar and attended by many VIP guests.
I'm really excited to be working for http://www.vancleefarpels.com/eu/en.html for the third time in the Middle East. Their clients are always SO glamourous and modest and really enjoy sitting for their quick fashion sketch. Many of the ladies wear Hijab, the scarves that are beautifully wrapped and styled out, framing their strong features- they are always wonderfully inspiring to draw!
I have developed a pencil sketch style for Van Cleef & Arpels which I draw onto their paper which has been printed with their latest collection. This way the client gets a fashion portrait of themselves, wearing the uniquely designed jewellery to take home. I love visiting these exotic locations and have previously travelled to Bahrain and Kuwait for the same company.