Following on from my Sally Hawkins post yesterday, I also sketched a Constellations drawing including Sally and Rafe Spall.The play, written by Nick Payne, premiered at The Royal Court in 2012 before a West End transfer. It won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play and received an Olivier writing nomination. Both Sally and Rafe signed the sketch at the Royal Court in January 2012 after a matinée performance.
One of the most delightful actresses I have met is Sally Hawkins. For her performance as Poppy in the 2008 film HAPPY-GO-ROUND she won several awards, including a Golden Globe. Her latest role as Ginger in Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE is also tipped for further honours and she will apopear in Gareth Edward’s GODZILLA next year. Sally happily signed my sketch at the Royal Court Theatre while she was performing in CONSTELLATIONS.
Amelia Fiona Driver is better known by her childhood nickname ‘Minnie’. An actress and accomplished singer/songwriter, Minnie has been nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award in the TV series The Riches.
She also has an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Good Will Hunting.
Minnie signed my sketch at the premiere of her latest film I Give It A Year, at the Vue Cinema in London’s Leicester Square in January this year.
Susannah Fielding (Hermia), Katherine Kingsley (Helena), Padraic Delaney (Oberon) and Gavin Fowler (Puck) all signed their respective sketches after Tuesday evening’s performance. The season ends today (16 November 2013)
For our wedding anniversary each year my wife Frankie and I celebrate with a little Shakespeare. Last year we saw Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night at the Apollo Theatre. This year the Winters saw A Midsummers Night’s Dream at the Noël Coward Theatre with Sheridan Smith as Titania and David Walliams in the ‘Bottom’ role. I did this quick sketch before hand, but on the anniversary evening Sheridan was “indisposed,” so we didn’t see her on stage.
David was happy to sign after the performance. I went back a week later and Sheridan, as usual was delightful. She loved the drawing and thanked me for taking the time to come back and was pleased to sign it.
Outstanding thespian Rory Kinnear has been shortlisted for two Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Best Actor for his astonishing portrayal of Iago opposite Adrian Lester (also nominated) in the National’s Othello. He has also got the nomination for the Most Promising Playwright for The Hero at the Bush Theatre.
The award winners will be announce this Sunday (17 November 2013) at the Savoy Hotel in London.
Rory kindly signed my sketch of him in Hamlet with a nice dedication at the National Theatre in October 2010. I gave him a copy and he said he had it framed and hanging in his home the day he got it.
Roger Federer is considered by most to be the greatest tennis player of all time. Winner of 17 Grand Slams and a record 302 weeks as Number 1 in the world cements his status.
He proved a bit more elusive at this year’s event than previously, travelling by car and not boat, so opportunities to get his sig were limited. Prior to his semi, he did a 30 minute warm up and signed for a large throng, using the same Sharpie throughout! So the distinctive ‘graph is on the light side, but a graph nevertheless.
Novak Djokovic is currently No 2 in the tennis world, but he’s definitely tops when it comes to accommodating his fans and signing autographs.
This week I’ve been at the ATP World Tour Finals in London’s O2 arena, battling weather and malfunctioning pens. Most of the players use the Thames Clipper boat to travel to the venue, so we collect signatures at the O2 Wharf area.
To give you some idea of what a racket this ‘graph collecting can be, here’s a sequence of sketches and their respective signing success over 3 consecutive days.
The Sharpie Bullet Point
To save time, it’s easier to use on pen, usually the pen belonging to the first autograph collector waiting, and do all the signing with that. The pen Djokovic grabbed was a normal, fine point black sharpie, but the owner had left the cap off in preparation for its use and in the moist, windy air it was not flowing too well… aaargh
The Sharpie W10 Chisel Head
My fault this time. I have zillions of pens, so why did I give him a dried up Sharpie W10 chisel point marker? In mitigation it was raining we were partially protected under a walkway, but the rain was sweeping in and water and ink are not a good doubles combination. He was great – kept going over it and used the point with the remaining ink to write ‘to Mark’.
The Pentel N860 Permanent Marker
Perfecto sig – with a Pental N860 marker. Raining again, and he was running late, but happily stopped to sign and dedicate. He told me, “This is excellent”.
Game, set and match
Jonah Lomu had a huge impact (in more ways than one) on the game of Rugby Union. He is regarded as the first true global superstar of the game and it’s greatest drawcard during the 1990’s.
In 1994, at the age of 19 years 45 days he became the youngest test player to debut for the All Blacks. His style of play at times defied description. His electric pace (Jonah ran the 100 meters in 10.89 seconds) and pure power enabled him to go through defenders (often known as the ‘Maori sidestep’).
Jonah signed this sketch at the Kelvin Hotel in Invercargill, New Zealand when he was in the city with Counties-Manakau to play Southland in a Nation Championship game.
Affectionately called ‘Delpo’ by his fans, the 6 foot 6 inch Argentinian tennis playerJuan Martin del Potro is currently ranked number 5. Winner of the 2009 US Open and the bronze medal in the men’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics, he possesses what many consider to be the most powerful forehand in the game. A right-handed, two handed backhand player, he used the former to sign my sketch at the ATP World Tennis Finals at London’s O2.