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Live Sketching FAQs

How long does it take to do a live painted sketch?

It take approximately 10-12 minutes per person including drawing and painting time on A4 size paper, or approximately 7-9 minutes per person on A5 size paper whether I'm sketching someone posing live or from a photo.


In instances where there are a large number of guests to accommodate within a shorter time frame, it would be recommended to have them pose for photos when they come in, which I then sketch/paint from during the duration of event and they collect later upon completion.


Numbers will be capped according to the time frame allowance if the sketches are required to be finished by the end. If the sketches are not required to be finished by the end of 5 hours consecutive sketching time then arrangements can be made to complete them in my home studio and deliver them after the event.

What type of space or equipment is required?

For Live Fashion Sketching and Wedding Receptions I will require space for a small table and chair (I can bring my own if needed) and 3-4 meters of unobstructed space where the subject can pose in front of me.

For Live Ambiance Sketching and Wedding Ceremonies I will require a table and chair setup but will move around with the chair and/or standing to follow the action.


I also require an adequate amount of light.

What materials do you use?

I use oil based pencil and a combination of watercolor and gouache paint on cardstock, bristol or hot pressed watercolor paper depending on the requirements of the event.

Event information can be printed onto the front or back of the paper and is included in the price.

How many guests can you sketch at an event?

I can sketch between 6-8 people per hour on A5 paper for a maximum of 5 consecutive hours, which amounts to a  total of 30-40 people.


Numbers can be capped according to the designated time frame, which means everyone interested may not be able to obtain a sketch, or if the sketches aren't required by the end of the event, arrangements can be made where I finish a higher quantity of sketches later at my home studio using photo reference.

Another option is for the host to choose which guests are entitled to a sketch by organizing a list prior to the event.

Guests who aren't able to get a sketch done can have the option to order a sketch at a discounted rate through my website which I would complete at a later date.

How does it work?

For Live Fashion Sketching and Wedding Receptions, there are two options.


One option is to use a number system so interested parties may take a number and keep an eye on the whiteboard for their turn to pose for me in real time.


Alternatively, in instances where there's a larger number of guests or time constraints, I can take photos of everyone interested as they arrive and work on them throughout the course of the event, with numbers capped according to the time frame so that sketches may be collected prior to the event finishing.


If the sketches aren't required by the end of the event, arrangements can be made for me to finish them afterwards at my home studio.

For Wedding Ceremonies I will pre-book times to sketch your VIP guests prior to the ceremony starting and also take a photos for color reference when completing the paintings later in my home studio..

For Live Ambiance Sketching I will discreetly sketch the attendees, environment, and action as per your requests and I will also take a few photos for color reference.

What are the pros and cons of posing live vs for photos?

Posing live is more fun for both the subject and for me, and is a unique and memorable experience to have.


While it adds entertainment value, it may take guests away from other activities at the event. Some people may miss their turn because once they start socializing they forget to keep an eye on the board for their number!

Some people have a hard time standing still so the sketch can take longer or not turn out as good in that case. Other people feel too shy to be looked at for so long and decline posing live for a sketch.

Taking photos of all the guests as they arrive guarantees that everyone who wants a sketch, gets one (or that the maximum number of guests are sketched). It tends to be more efficient and doesn't take the guests away from other important activities which may be happening at the event. 

The quality of both types of sketches are quite similar. 

It's your choice which approach you think suits your event best, or you can allow your guests to decide what they prefer.

Can I see your live sketches from previous events?

Yes, I've posted the sketches from a number of events I've sketched at previously in my Live Sketch Gallery. You can read more about each event in my blog. 

Watch some videos of me live sketching here. 

Does it have to be a "fashion" sketch?

No! I'm referring to this style of full body illustration as a "fashion" sketch but you don't need to dress up if that's not your thing!

Are you available for kids parties?

Yes, I love sketching kids!

How much does it cost?

Fees for events in 2024 are based on an hourly rate of $150/hr.

If you'd like a certain number of guest sketches to be guaranteed I can charge per person

$18.75/A5 size or  $30/A4 size.

The number of hours required is based on the period in which I'll be sketching at the event plus an estimate of the amount of time required for me to complete sketches afterwards in my home studio, if necessary. Customized paper is included.

Travel within 30kms of Maroochydore is included, and $1.50/km is charged beyond 30kms.


Please inquire below for a quote specific to the requirements of your event.

How do I book?

Please get in touch below to inquire about availability. 

50% of the quoted fee will be due at the time of booking.

The remaining 50% will be due prior to your event.

In which service are you interested?

Thanks, I'll be in touch!

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