Live Portrait Illustration at Victoria Gate, Leeds

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This month we had the pleasure of setting up our easels in the gorgeous setting of the Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds. We were thrilled to take part in their Shopping Affair event which even saw, Strictly Stars, James and Ola Jordan take the stage. 

Our role at the Shopping Affair involved illustrating guests. We love performing live illustration at retail events like this because of the smiles we create. Each person received a bespoke portrait which they could take home and treasure forever. The portraits make beautiful mementos and conversation-starters.

Whilst at Victoria Gate, we were amazed by the response we received! It attracted a crowd of interest. Many visitors stopped to watch the drawings in progress.

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Photograph from Victoria Leeds

Photograph from Victoria Leeds

Photograph from Victoria Leeds

Photograph from Victoria Leeds

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The portraits also received positive feedback on social media with many people sharing their creations online. Below are some of the Instagram posts we spotted after the event. Thanks so much to everyone who shared their portrait!

Caroline & Jo out on the town! #illustration #caricature

A post shared by Jo Mcbeath (@jomcbear) on

Thanks Chloe & Abbie for my ginger mini me @buttercrumblecreative #illustration #leeds #lightnightleeds

A post shared by Joseph John Savery (@joesavery) on


Are you considering live illustration for your next event? We'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us about your ideas. Alternatively, if you're curious about where we'll be drawing next, please join the Buttercrumble Grapevine below. 

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