Katie Chappell Illustrator
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Live Illustration

Live Illustration

 Live illustration for Edinburgh University's sustainability department. Recording ideas as they happened.

Live illustration for Edinburgh University's sustainability department. Recording ideas as they happened.

Live Illustration and graphic recording

 From Instagram: I'm  @Katiedraws  over there.

From Instagram: I'm @Katiedraws over there.

Live Illustrating for Brands

Useful facts:

  • Postcard sized portraits can be completed in 5-10 minutes.

  • Digital portraits are also available (created on an iPad Pro and emailed over)

  • Illustrations can be created on a while-you-wait basis, or if a photo is provided, the customer can enjoy the event while I draw.

  • Live illustration includes; custom portraits, hand-lettering, personalisation, packaging illustration, iPad illustration, live mural and window installations, and fashion illustration.

I am based in Berwick upon Tweed which is conveniently located on the East Coast railway line. I can be in London in 3.5 hours, and international airports Edinburgh or Newcastle in 45 minutes. 

Live illustration is charged at an hourly rate. Please get in touch for details.

Some examples from live illustrating for House of Fraser, Gateshead at a Mothers' Day promotional event, as part of LiL (Live Illustration London):

Illustrating for Stella Artois

I have illustrated for Stella Artois in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol and at Ascot Races, during a Christmas event.

Using special glass pens, I personalised each chalice in around 5 minutes. This included a hand-lettered name and/or message, as well as a small illustration. (See images below). In 9 hours at Ascot I personalised over 100 chalices.

Live illustration for weddings

Last year Glamour Magazine included me in an article titled "2017's hot wedding trends". I recently wrote a blog post about illustrated wedding stationery, bespoke illustrated wedding gifts and live illustration at weddings.

 Coldingham sands, Scottish Borders. I painted this beautiful seaside wedding venue on the morning of the big day and the artworks were presented to parents of the Bride and Groom during the speeches later that day.

Coldingham sands, Scottish Borders. I painted this beautiful seaside wedding venue on the morning of the big day and the artworks were presented to parents of the Bride and Groom during the speeches later that day.

What is Graphic Recording?

Graphic recording is also known as scribing. It's the live drawing of a meeting or event by me, the scribe. As people discuss and explain, I capture their ideas on large pieces of paper, (or one very large roll of paper!) bringing together the essential elements of the event. As you can imagine, this is a great way to disseminate the outcome of a meeting after the event has happened.
The sustainability department at Edinburgh University decorated their office with my illustrations after the event, as well as using digital copies of the images to disseminate information after the event.

Who can use graphic recording?

Graphic recording works really well for everyone. Businesses, brands and organisations spend a lot of effort running meetings and events. Graphic recording can give an extra, exciting and innovative visual element, bring the whole thing to life, and create a lasting visual record. 

We wanted to find an innovative, fun way of capturing what was discussed at our recent workshop. Not only did Katie’s drawings do that, they also brought the ideas to life and helped attendees to understand some complex issues. Because Katie was with us, sketching throughout the workshop, attendees got to see their ideas develop, leading to a final piece of work which was presented end of the event.
— Claire Martin -Edinburgh University

Why?

People think visually! Audiences and workshop participants respond really well to a tangible, visualisation of the event they're attending. It's even more exciting to see your own ideas contribute in real-time to this. Seeing ideas appear on the page can encourage more people to participate in the discussions taking place.

To book some live illustration or graphic recording for your brand, event or wedding, please get in touch.

Thank you again, Katie. Illustrations are a much more fun and accessible way of reaching people - far more interesting than pages of boring minutes!
— Claire Martin, University of Edinburgh