Live Portraits at Walter & Herbert

During London Fashion Week, I was in-store at the newly opened Walter and Herbert eyewear store in Seven Dials, Covent Garden.  To celebrate the launch of their new sunglasses collection, I was invited to draw portraits of people trying on their favourite sunglasses.

And, in true London Fashion Week style, I had an eclectic mix of stylish and flamboyant people coming along 💕 

Thanks for having me Walter & Herbert, you were a great team to work with!

x, Willa

Ted Baker at Selfridges - Live Drawing Event

A couple of weeks ago I was with the fabulous team at Ted Baker.  We were celebrating the launch of their new exclusive range for Selfridges by offering personalised tote bags for customers.

I was in-store at Selfridges for two days drawing portraits.  It was a challenge, since I had to work using fabric pens - meaning that I had to change my style a little to meet the brief.  Plus, fabric pens are pretty dry and don't glide very easily over canvas.  Not my ideal drawing tool, but a really ingenious use of live drawing.  

Here's some pics by the lovely Rob Cartwright:



Links of London PR dinner - illustrated table settings

Last month I was contacted by Links of London to create some inky portraits for their #linksoflondontime dinner; a luxurious dining event at The National Portrait Gallery to celebrate Links' latest watch collection.

I was asked to draw portraits for 13 attendees, which would be used on their table settings.  I also hand lettered their names. A lovely idea.  Here's a few of my favourites (you'll notice that there's some men in there too.  See! I don't just draw ladies.)

 

Some of the guests were pretty pleased with their portraits and shared them on Instagram.  It was fun to see them being posted throughout the evening, I felt like I was there! Thanks to everyone for the lovely pictures.

Instagram Pictures from #LinksofLondontime PR dinner.


Male portraits

In an attempt to introduce more men into my portfolio, I have created a set of male portraits.  The style is slightly more masculine and solid than normal, and I really like the results.  I'll be trying to take some of these darker colours and more solid shapes into all of my illustration.

the gorgeous Ryan Gosling:

and the beautiful Chris Helmsworth:


I hope you love them.  You can see the whole set of portraits here

x, Willa