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A very special portrait night!

December 20, 2015
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Adebanji Alade posing

ENGLISH: What a fantastic gathering of talents in just a few square meters we had last Thursday! The place was my studio, and the names of the artists will sound familiar to many who appreciate painting at its highest level of representational skills. Some of them came from far away and knew each other by name or were virtual friends in the social media, but had never met in person before, some others were good old friends that regularly share space in high profile society exhibitions. There were all sort of drinks and food on the table, and the noise of our excited conversations was high, but when the time to draw came, suddenly absolute silence! I switched on the spotlight and each of us took turns in sitting still in the middle for 12 to 15 minutes. We all got busy at sketching against the clock, and in all sorts of mediums: pencils, sanguine, charcoals, pens, watercolours and even ipads! We ended up having a collection of everyone’s portraits, and we could appreciate each others different approaches, but it felt so delightful to recognise ourselves in each and every sketch!

ESPAÑOL: Qué reunión más buena de talentos en apenas unos pocos metros cuadrados tuvimos el pasado jueves! El lugar era mi estudio y el nombre de los artistas sonará familiar a muchos de los que aprecian la pintura en su más alto nivel de habilidad representativa. Algunos de ellos vinieron desde lejos y se conocían de oido o eran amigos virtuales en los medios sociales, otros eran ya buenos amigos que exponen regularmente en sociedades inglesas de alto perfil como la ROI (Royal Institute of Oil Painters). Había todo tipo de bebidas y comidas en la mesa y el nivel de ruido de las concitadas conversaciones era alto, pero cuando vino el tiempo de dibujar, de repente el silencio absoluto! Encendí la lámpara y cada uno de nosotros se turnó sentándose en el medio desde 12 a 15 minutos. Todos estábamos ocupados a dibujar contrarreloj en una gran variedad de medios, desde lápices a sanguinas, a carboncillo, a bolis, acuarelas y hasta ipads. Terminamos teniendo una colección de retratos de todos los artistas presentes, y pudimos admirar los distintos acercamientos de cada uno, pero fue muy divertido reconocernos perfectamente en todos los dibujos!

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From left: José de Juan, Glenn Fitzpatrick, Adebanji Alade, Michele Del Campo, Haidee-Jo Summers, Peter Keegan, Graeme Messer, Nur Shodaj, Edward Ofosu.

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José de Juan being scrutinized!

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Peter Keegan’s turn to pose

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Michele Del Campo, “Edward Ofosu”

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Haidee-Jo Summers, “Edward Ofosu”

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Adebanji Alade, “Edward Ofosu”

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Peter Keegan, “Edward Ofosu”

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Michele Del Campo, “Peter Keegan”

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Haidee-Jo Summers, “Peter Keegan”

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Adebanji Alade, “Peter Keegan”

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Michele Del Campo, “Glenn Fitzpatrick”

 

 

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Haidee-Jo Summers, “Glenn Fitzpatrick”

 

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Edward Ofosu, “Glenn Fitzpatrick”

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José de Juan, “Glenn Fitzpatrick”

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Michele Del Campo, “Graeme Messer”

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Adebanji Alade, “Graeme Messer”

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Peter Keegan, “Graeme Messer”

 

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Glenn Fitzpatrick, “Graeme Messer”

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José de Juan, “Graeme Messer”

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Michele Del Campo, “Adebanji Alade”

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Jose de Juan, “Adebanji Alade”

 

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Michele Del Campo, “Jose de Juan”

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Adebanji Alade, “Jose de Juan”

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Glenn Fitzpatrick, “José de Juan”

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Michele Del Campo, “Nur Shodaj”

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Haidee-Jo Summers, “Nur Shodaj”

 

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Edward Ofosu, “Nur Shodaj”

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Adebanji Alade, “Haidee-Jo Summers”

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Haidee-Jo Summers, “Michele Del Campo”

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Adebanji Alade, “Michele Del Campo”

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Edward Ofosu, “Michele Del Campo”

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Peter Keegan, “Michele Del Campo”

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My turn!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2015 23:20

    Excellent

  2. December 21, 2015 02:24

    Thank you so much for posting so many of the portraits drawn that day. Knowing the short time taken with each portrait, it was an inspiration for me!!

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