Drawing time-lapse of Courntey Hadwin Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent 2018
Courtney, from Hartlepool England, came out as a quiet and shy 13 year old and then let rip with a stunning rendition of Hard to Handle by Otis Reading. Courtney’s electric performance and voice was compared to Janis Joplin by Howie. The other judges, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowel were all visibly blown away during Courtney’s performance and said so afterwards too. Host Tyra Banks who was off stage with Courney’s Dad was equally blown away.
Judge Howie Mandel told Courtney the story of how Clive Davis once discovered Janis Joplin. “Oh my gosh, you are not from this era. You’re from a whole different era. I’m not Clive Davis, I’m Howie Mandel, and I can’t sign you to a record deal. The only thing I can do for you, young lady, is give you this” then he hit the Golden Buzzer. Courtney was moved to tears by Howie’s words and Golden Buzzer and her dad come on stage to hug her.
After the show was broadcast Courtney posted on Twitter;“I didn’t know what to expect when I auditioned for AGT but the golden buzzer was more than I ever could have dreamed of. Thank you so much Howie Mandel I am so happy and can’t thank you enough xx”
The portrait drawing is A4 and shows Courtney singing Hard to Handle and the elation of the America’s Got Talent Judging panel as Howie presses the Golden Buzzer. Drawing with Faber-Castell series 9000 and TK-Line pencils.
Here is my portrait time-lapse drawing of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their Royal Wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on 19th May 2018.
After their wonderful wedding in front of the Queen, family, friends and nearly two billion people globally via television and the internet Harry and Meghan became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince William was Harry’s best man and Meghan was walked down the isle by Prince Charles. Many celebrities were guests at the wedding including George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John among many others.
The service was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the ‘Love and Fire’ sermon was delivered from The Most Reverend Michael Curry, primate of the Episcopal Church in the USA.
After which Harry and Meghan went in an open top horse drawn carriage around Windsor in front of the over 100,000 crowd of well wishers from all around the world. THey left for their evening reception in a modified electric classic E Type Jaguar.
A Quick Sketchbook Drawing Bill Bailey the comedian on his Larks in Transit UK tour February 2018 time-lapse.
This drawing is a quick warm up exercise sketchbook doodle. The actual drawing took about 25 minutes in real time and a full narrated video will be online soon of that fully narrated art video.
Bill Bailey has appeared in TV comedy programme Black Books, Spaced and on Never Mind the Buzzcocks , Have I Got News for You and QI among many others. He has been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and played at Glastonbury.
Bill also does wildlife documentaries and a very keen bird watcher and conservationist.
Drawing Jedediah Salt-Mountain time-lapse, December 2017.
Jedediah is some friend’s first child and just for fun I thought I would do a doodle on his welcome him into the world amid his mum and dad’s family and friends. It was lovely drawing the soft features of a new born baby in this simple pencil portrait for Jedediah’s parents.
Below is the Full finished cover of Sharon Bill’s debut murder mystery novel ‘Fête Fatale’. The original art is a watercolour on Bristol board. Full time-lapse is on my Youtube channel and in a previous blog post (go back two posts).
The book is available in Paperback and eBook from Amazon and can be read on Kindle Unlimited;
Fête Fatale by Sharon Bill – Watercolour cover art by Billy for Sharon’s debut cosy mystery novel.
Here is the ‘blurb’ synopsis from Fête Fatale;
“A summer fête in rural Cheshire, organised by the Women’s Institute of Mossleigh, holds the promise of an idyllic day out in the best British tradition. Everyone is enjoying the festivities until a beloved neighbour is found dead among the bins and refuse of the village hall which saddens the holiday mood. However, it is only when Beth Williams and her twin brother Detective Chief Inspector Benedict James join forces that it becomes evident that all isn’t as innocent as it at first seemed.
Beth is a piano tutor and a member of the local WI. As such she has her finger on the pulse of the undercurrents of the village and is ideally placed to find all of the seemingly inconsequential domestic details which could give her brother the insight he needs. Together, if they each pool their own particular fields of expertise, they’re bound to get to the bottom of the business. Sordid crime might prevail amid the pastries and preserves for a time but, in the end, the culprit will get their just desserts.”
Fête Fatale by Sharon Bill is the first cosy mystery novel in ‘The Beth Williams Mysteries Series’.
Here is a time-lapse of my watercolour art showing the Royal Welch Fusiliers in battle raising the Flag Standard ‘Colours’ to rally troops and raise morale in the heat of the fight.All to the stirring tune of the 1812 Overture.
and is part of their display used in banners within the Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum for visitors to view as they travel through the collection. Other paintings were produced for the RWF Regimental Museum and future time-lapses will be added.
Here is a quick little update on my new Valentino Rossi ‘The Doctor’ oil painting of him on the 2017 Yamaha YZR M1 MotoGP prototype race bike.
This little shot shows the pencil line, then turps in first with a brown line to seal the graphite and then washed in with very thin oil colour to give the canvas a tooth for me to add the background and detail layers to the painting.
Valentino Rossi 2017 Yamaha YZR M1 MotoGP oil painting by Billy WIP 1