Katie Chappell Illustrator
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Live Illustration

Live Illustration

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

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

*Latest Work *  I designed and painted storefront windows for  Nespresso UK’s  flagship boutique store in Regent Street to celebrate National Recycling Day.  The talented team at  Itch Media  created this video of my process.  Click here to watch!

*Latest Work*

I designed and painted storefront windows for Nespresso UK’s flagship boutique store in Regent Street to celebrate National Recycling Day.

The talented team at Itch Media created this video of my process. Click here to watch!

Live Illustration and graphic recording

I am a live illustrator specialising in sustainability illustration, and highlighting environmental issues through my work. I’ve worked with Dove to promote their recycled plastic bottles, Nespresso to promote their recycling options and sustainable coffee-sourcing, and Edinburgh University to improve their sustainability practices as a university.

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 portraits.

Location / travel

I am based in Berwick upon Tweed, in the UK 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/day rate. Please get in touch for details.

Live Window Illustration / Installation Painting for Dove

In March 2019 I was commissioned to create a live window painting at the 12th Knot in London, visualising Dove’s sustainability commitment to go for 100% recycled plastic bottles. Not all of the attendees’ first language was English, so visualising the commitments was essential.

Live Portrait Painting

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 pens, I personalised each chalice in around 5 minutes or less. This included a hand-lettered name and/or message, as well as a small skyline or landmark illustration. (See images below). In 9 hours at Ascot races I personalised over 100 chalices. Being able to draw in front of the public, chat and be friendly, and create something special that customers remember is my superpower and not every illustrator can do this!

I created a sheet of bespoke designs before the event, all using the Stella Artois logo colours. This was for an event very close to Christmas, in Bristol.

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.  In Academic settings, live illustration / graphic recording can be especially useful for capturing large amounts of information visually. See below for examples from a medical academic research session.

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

BIG Creative Teachers’ Event 2019 - Live event Illustration and graphic recording

For this event, my iPad was hooked up to a large screen, and attendees were able to see my illustrations taking shape as they happened! It was great fun to be able to drop in on different workshops, and know that everyone in the foyer was watching the drawings happen. A big thank you to James the marvellous techie at Tuned In! Redcar for all of his help.

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.

From Instagram: I'm  @Katiedraws  over there. As featured in  Glamour UK  magazine.

From Instagram: I'm @Katiedraws over there. As featured in Glamour UK magazine.

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