Thursday, October 29, 2020

One of the best jobs in art


black marker on watercolour paper
12 x 9 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009 

The drawing I'm showing you today was commissioned by a New York 
firm who asked me to do Skype portrait drawings live for the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  That was both an exciting and daunting project. 
Luckily I had prearranged that I would do one sketch during the show,
and another more formal sketch afterwards. This is the second more
polished version.

When the Skype session with the show began there was one small, but
rather critical problem.  There was no light on the first person I was supposed
to draw!  I'm glad I didn't know at the time that my process was being
shown on a giant screen to everyone there. 

The lighting problem was solved, and I met some wonderful people.  The
drawings could certainly qualify as Inktober drawings so I'll share this
one with you today. Nicole and I instantly got along, which is extremely
helpful when you're trying to capture a portrait.

What I love about being an artist is the constant learning.  Maybe my
work with Skype in its very early stages, prepared me for the Zoom
reality now.  We were working with huge, excellent computer screens, and
sometimes shaky Internet, but we made some art. 

Thank you to everyone involved. 

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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at:
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!