Live Illustration at the QVB!
The 4 days I spent illustrating dogs at the Queen Victoria Building has been an absolute dream come true. Not only was everybody who stopped by so kind and lovely, we were met with lines before we started each day and booked out before we began! If that's not a testament to how much people love their dogs, I don't know what is...
I had a limit of 20 minutes per portrait, and worked non-stop for 6 hours with a quick 30 minute break in between. It was exhausting but SO incredibly rewarding hearing about the commemorative portraits of pets who have passed away, the portraits that were gifts for dear friends, the cheeky puppies that had just been adopted... The time flew by with the kind words of passing strangers, kids stopping by to watch me draw, and happy pet-parents picking up the portraits.
Being my first proper live illustration session (I'd previously only done live calligraphy with Chatswood Chase), I was nervous to say the least on the first day! But the gorgeous team at QVB & MCMPR were on hand to make sure everything went smoothly - they sorted out the tech issues, handled the queue with professionalism and made sure I had everything I needed. A HUGE thank you to them for making me feel so welcome! 👏
My greatest fear was the audience thinking my drawings were rubbish and "What is she doing here?", but after all the positive feedback from passerbys, I was surprised I left the QVB without my big, fat head getting stuck. And as the sessions progressed, I grew less and less nervous about people watching and filming me, and happily answered questions about my tools and techniques. The people I got to meet became the highlights of my time there - a shoutout to everyone who posted their portraits on Instagram and tagged me, and to Sharon for coming in twice after she missed out the first time!
Here are some of my favourite pooches (slash the ones I remembered to take photos of!) - if one of these is yours, let me know!
For those that missed out on a portrait - not to worry!
Head over to: https://www.belindaxiaillustration.com/shop/petportrait - these are much more detailed than the quick 20 minute ones, on quality watercolour paper and you get the original piece. It doesn't even have to be a dog (I'm currently working on a bunny!).
Orders are coming in quick, let me know ASAP so I can book you in ;)