You may know already that this is one of our favourite things to do (especially me, June had to drag me away to get beigels at the end, I was all one more portrait! And the event sadly ended), and this was an especially good group of people to be doing it with.
As a creative with a semi-substantial web presence I do get a lot of invites to creative platform type websites, there seem to be new ones every week so I was understandably a little cynical when I got the email from the lovely Jody, inviting me to draw at this event and to join their website.
But if I was going to put my money on one of these sites to succeed, my money would be with Backscratchers – they seem to be going about things very much the right way and courting the right mix of people, if the crowd at this event was anything to go by.
I spoke to (and drew) interesting people from lots of different areas including events, tv, film, design and web development.
As we arrived fairly early June and I also decided to get our nails done by nailsomething (who also do mini versions of famous artoworks on nails, very cool – check them out). Sadly I was quickly reminded why I don’t usually do this at events, as although they seemed dry my cheerleaderish designs inspired by the Backscratchers logo became smudged while I rummaged through my bag to retrieve pens and business cards.
If only I’d thought first to do what I did later in the night and put all of my pens in my jacket pocket for people to choose colours from. That was fun.
Here’s a great conversation in action sketch of Neal by June
This is my drawing of Annie Hicks
June’s drawing of Gabriel van Aalst
We also drank a fair few exciting summer concoctions by Hendricks Gin, a highlight of the night for me being when they were closing down the bar, one of the barristers (not very) secretly slipped a cucumber and a rose into my handbag. I think it might be a thing. Their branding is excessively eccentric. I mean, in a good way.
A good time was had by all and we hope to do more projects with or through Backscratchers in the future.