Recent Drawings and News! (Of the BBC Variety).

Earlier this month the BBC News website published a short piece on the Portrait Artist in Residence project for Haematology Cancer Care Charity at UCLH. The BBC had visited the Cancer Centre a few weeks before to film for a 6 O’ Clock News item in the Daycare area and the producer had seen the displays of the drawings from the project. After some time to arrange the details the BBC very kindly came back to the hospital to make a time-lapse film whilst I drew one of the patients.


BBC News

Screen shot from

My model for this drawing, Lucy, had been asked in advance of the filming day if she would mind taking part by posing and being interviewed for the film. I’m extremely grateful to her for accepting, thank you Lucy!


I’ve also been very grateful for the many lovely messages that I’ve received since the film appeared online, thank you so much to everyone doing so! It’s very encouraging to receive so many kind and positive comments in response to the film which has had an amazing reach through the BBC News page and their Lifestyle and Health Facebook page.


Making the drawing itself was a little bit different to usual due to the requirements of making a time-lapse film. The drawing had to be fixed on a flat surface so that there was no movement which would cause problems for the filming. Usually I have the drawing at an angle and it was a little inhibiting for the normal movements of my hand and wrist whilst drawing. Plus there was a sizeable camera poking over my shoulder and the oddness of wearing a radio mic but Lucy was a brilliant model and Sarah and Ed from the BBC were very helpful and great to work with.

Thank you very much to the BBC for making the film, to UCLH and the Comm’s team for organising everything and of course to Lucy again for posing! Thank you as always to Sara and Steve at Haematology Cancer Care for organising the Portrait Artist project.



Despite answering lots of messages I have found time to do some more drawings since my last post, here are some of them:


Michael-C-01 Anne-J-01




Thank you to everyone posing for me recently!


About Simon Tolhurst

Visual Artist
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