One of Jackie’s many skills is making guests feel comfortable. If they’re shy about sitting in front of a crowd, she’ll take their picture and work from that. She can draw digitally on an iPad Pro with the image projected to a big screen, or using oriental brushes and acrylic inks which are embellished with watercolours and coloured Letraset for an exclusive finish. She turns images around in 10-15 minutes and always gets lovely feedback from visitors.
Flexibility is key, and prior to an event Jackie will practice in a style that suits the brand she’s working with and its colour palette. On the day she’ll do a 45-minute warm-up to get into the zone. When working with traditional media she draws roughs first and traces over them using her portable lightbox – guests often want to keep the roughs as much as the final image.
Spontaneity and a focus on beautiful line work are what characterise Jackie’s live event drawing style. She picks out the sitter’s best lines and aims for a flattering finish so they’ll want to frame their free custom artwork.