To do a sketch literally every day for 366 days in a row is a pretty daunting challenge, but I thought I’d give it a bash.
To give the project a focus, I decided to draw someone who was in the news that particular day, from January 1st 2012 to December 31st 2012.
2012 has been a pretty historic year - President Obama’s re-election, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. This was also the year I visited Andalucia in Spain and spent 3 weeks in New York enjoying an illustration course at the School of Visual Arts. It was also my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary.
It’s been an interesting project as I have learnt about who is in the news, why they are in the news and what makes news. Some people have behaved very badly and this has created headlines. On other days, the news has been led by stories of individuals who have achieved something extraordinary. I was particularly moved by the news of Claire Lomas who died whilst running the London marathon but her tragic death prompted other runners and people around the UK to donate over £1 million to the Samaritans. I have also noticed the growing number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
As the year progressed my drawing techniques changed and the sketches improve in quality. I am grateful to my teachers at Hampstead Fine Arts College and the Princes' Drawing School for their guidance and support.
A few portraits were redrawn as I was not happy with the quality of the original drawing. Also, on a few dates I did not draw anything at the time (I had other stuff going on in my life!)… but I went back weeks later and drew a portrait of someone in the news on the days I had left blank.
You can watch my interview on BBC Breakfast, which was broadcasted on December 31 2012 here.