Last Sunday I was invited to be a guest at UNITY in Exeter which is a quite a distance from my Studio. UNITY is a family centric fun day for adults and children that raises money for charity. So I jumped into my car nice & early for journey ahead of me.
I am glad I went early too, as this turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year thus far. For me it was nice and simple to get to. M5 South, turn off Junction 29 first left, take the slip road towards Rockbeare/ Sowton, then arrive at The Golden Pond, Rockbeare. Just look for it on your right.
No need for a pesky Sat Nav then!
The show included the involvement of the UKCM and Exewing costumers, which is a Star Wars sci-fi costuming group that help raise money for charity. This was not the day for costuming though! Just imagine wearing a full Stormtrooper body armor in the midday heat. Tatooine's got nothing on Exeter. Poor buggers!
Lets not forget, the guy in his full body ALIEN suit. Its okay though he ended up sitting in the kids paddling pool to cool down.
As for me it was sketch as usual, though this time I also got to chill out and spend some time with great people too.
All in All it was a fun, relaxed & enjoyable weekend. Special thanks to Kai Geekmaster Wong for inviting me.
Over the weekend we also managed to raise £786 for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund & stop an Alien from dehydrating.
I also got to hang out with the other 2 guests Georgina Burford (Dr Who) & Julian Lee Seager (WorldWar Z & MARVEL films), which was fun.
On the evening there was Geek Night, i.e a pub quiz for geeks. With (& I must say this) one of the finest & most filling All you can eat Chinese Buffets I have tried & trust me I tried! 5 plates isn't pushing it, is it?
Finally I am getting chance to do a Quick post about last weekends Film & Comic Con, otherwise known as The London Film & Comic Con! See what I did there? I gave the location and made it sound all spiffy in one go!
Ain't I Amazing.
There was a Special Preview Opening on the Friday Evening this time, 9-6 which I am glad I went to. Not only did it enable me to be prepared & ready for the weekend, but it meant I got the chance to start sketching early.
Boy did I need it! I ended up sketching all Friday evening, then had to carry on with the orders until 2.00am in the early morning! 4 hours later I was back up & getting ready for the Saturday morning start.
I hoped to pick up a morning breakfast in the Green Room, unfortunately there was no food at that time, so I just had an early morning Hot Chocolate alongside David Prowse. That's (Darth Vader) for the uninitiated.
Danny Glover, Jason Momoa, David Hasselhoff, the Green Room was full of famous faces, the only thing I had time to do though was fill my face full of chicken & get straight back to my table. No rest, chatting, or chilling out for us Artist types you know!
Not only did I reach burnout by the end of the Saturday, but I also ended up sketching until 2.00am again. Hey I'm a Professional, that's what we do!
All in All it was a fabulous show. Exhausting but Fab & I got everyone's sketches finished too!
Until Next Time!
BATMAN VS The PUNISHER Battle Sketch. I think BATMAN Knows who will Win.
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