This is what I call an ‘on the run rendering’, a last minute sketch done in a little more than a minute… maybe 5, when I suddenly realised that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o was attending the European Premiere of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS in London last night, which I was fortunate enough to get a wristband to mingle with the force on the red carpet.
I had drawn a sketch of Lupita from her off Broadway role in ECLIPSED at the Public Theatre earlier this year, but nothing has returned yet, so I thought, never let an ‘in person’ chance go by. I only had time to look up an image on my phone and quickly sketch it on the train heading to the Premiere. I was positioned at the drop off point, but as you would expect with such a large and impressive guest list it was mayhem.
Lupita got out of her car and they took her straight to photo area for the paps to get their pics. Usually not a good sign for graphemes. However she came back and signed for all of us, including this sketch in bronze sharpie no less. For those interested the fashion icon was wearing a Proenza Schouler mess dress … oh yes and metallic blue lipstick.