Friday, May 25, 2012

Mini Artist-in-residence

Al Wisal studio, A4 sketchbook, © Sue Pownall 2012
I first met Chris Fisher, presenter & programme director at Merge radio, at the St Patrick Day celebrations where I was drawing dancers. Our paths crossed again earlier this month and Chris invited me into his studio to sketch: a mini artist-in-residence albeit only for a morning. I went in on Tuesday, whilst Chris was doing the morning show.

Through the studio window I could see the presenter of Al Wisal, an Arabic station, and her two guests. Even though this was to be my first sketch of the morning I decided to draw that. I hadn't realised how difficult it is to draw faces blocked by microphones as both this, and my next sketch show.

Chris & studio guest, A4 sketchbook, © Sue Pownall 2012
I added the colour to both sketches whilst in Chris' studio. Despite the first one not being a good likeness of Madiha, she took a picture with her ipad and posted it to facebook whilst I was still there.

After the show,  Chris made a cup of tea and I tried to capture his portrait, however he is very active as he speaks leaving me with only flashes of the position I started drawing.
Chris, A5 sketch in pencil © Sue Pownall 2012
I may be going back for a 2nd sketching session next week, so I really will be their artist in residence.
The proof I was sketching on site.


  1. Fab on the spot sketches!

  2. wow, must be great to sketch inside a radio station. :)

  3. What a super place to sketch - paint, pencils, live radio and lots of geeky electronics stuff all in one place - heaven :))) Great sketches, Sue, despite the difficulties of working in a studio and having to work fast!

  4. What a great oportunity! Great sketches too :0)

  5. You have some of the most unique opportunities!! I especially like the second sketch. Good for you!!

  6. I think drawing like this is very difficult, and it looks like you've done a great job (as usual ;)). How lucky they would be to have you as their "artist in residence."

  7. What a fun place to sketch but very hard to capture the expressions as the faces are blocked and moving all the time. You did a wonderful job though!


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