Things have become so topsy-turvy I can't imagine how tricky planning a social gathering must be.

If you've had to downsize, it'll work in our favour. For close friends, family & colleagues, my sketches work so well due to the 'interpersonal interaction' (nods, smiles and giggles) they stimulate. At these more intimate gatherings what I do can make a huge difference to the guests' enjoyment of the event.

Sketching seated or standing at a distance of a couple of steps - certainly more that just one metre - from my subjects, is ideal for me. I can of course work "static", with guests coming to sit for me one-by-one, couple-by-couple, or group-by-group - I only need a few judiciously-positioned chairs.

I know it won't come to it - but (you never know): I can draw masked guests! I've worked at so many masked/Venetian/masquerade balls I've totally forgotten what a face looks like! Please see masked (ball) examples below and you can find more here. But, I hear you say, those masks cover the eyes, not the nose & mouth! - yet it's the same principle - I just focus on the eyes instead of the nose & mouth!

I don't mind wearing a mask myself, in fact I like the idea of having a touch of mystique about me.

Whatever happens - THE SHOW MUST GO WRO..oops..ON! Stay safe!

I'm here to help with any questions or ideas you may have. If you aren't sure of everything (or anything) at your end, get in touch anyway and we can go over the basics, and if you like I can pencil your date (if you have one yet) in & let you know if anyone else makes an enquiry for it.

Portrait sketch of Sir Captain Tom - Click to enlarge

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