Stephen Wiltshire drawing Brisbane

 

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Day 1. - Thursday 24 November
Well I'm back in Austrailia, this time I'm in Brisbane. I flew with Emirates. It was very comfortable. Peter Andre was on the same plane as me. He seems like a nice guy, he said "G'day, how you doing." I'm really excited about this trip, and getting a chance to see the Brisbane Skyline. Tomorrow I'm going on a helicopter and then going for a ride in a Cadillac. Can't wait...

Day 2. - Friday 25 November
Oh it was a bit cloudy this morning and grey but it's changed now and the sun is shiny bright. My helicopter ride was cancelled to overcast weather, so I went on the Brisbane Wheel instead. I got to see the skyline so I could memorise it. I visited the State Library and had lots of interviews from the press, they asked me lots of questions about my life and my panoramas. I had lunch, fish and chips. I tried calamari with garlic mayonnaise - it tasted alright.
I got to sit in the drivers seat of a 1961 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, a hard top, white in colour. WOW it was just great. I had a great time, we cruised along the road with the windows down. Tomorrow is the start of my panorama so I'm going to plan it out in my head now before doing it from memory.

Day 3. - Saturday 26 November
Today I started the panorama, firstly I sketched roughly in pencil for my outline and then started in pen and ink, during this I realised the pens I had were drying out and so it was a mad dash for my sister Annette to go back to the hotel to get me a fresh batch of pens.
So many people came to see me and wish me well. Austrailians are cool. Lots of photos were taken and a few people chatted to me before I put my earphones on to listen to my music, while I continued to draw. Oh and I gave a speech and thanked everybody who has supported me and I made everybody laugh because I told them I was a genius and a fantastic artist. Yeah, I know it's true.

Day 4. - Sunday 27 November
Well, before I got to the State Library there was a crowd already waiting for me. More and more people turned up to see me at work. I had a great lunch, a steak sandwich, mmm, it tasted good. I returned back to my canvas, it's coming on nicely. I think I may finish it by Tuesday.
I had my photo taken with so many people and signed my signature. It was a good day, looking forward to tomorrow.

Day 5. - Monday 28 November
Tomorrow is a big day for me as I will finally finish the panorama, so in total it would be four days. I am so excited. I can't wait to sign my name at the end. Everyone has been so nice, some people have been returning to the State Library everyday to see how far I have got.
Today a lady drew me while I was drawing it was awesome. I really liked the sketch she did of me. I am feeling very happy. It's going to be great tomorrow. An absolutely great day.

Day 6. - Tuesday 29 November
My day was excellent. I finished the final part of my panorama. I turned around and everybody started to clap, I felt so happy. As a farewell to Brisbane, I gave away my special pens to the crowd and took my last photos. It's been a pleasure guys and girls.
You have all been so great. Thank you Brisbane, thank you so much. I have had a great time. Remember everybody "Do the best you can and never stop", With all my love, Stephen Wiltshire.

 

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Brisbane is a beautiful city

Brisbane is a beautiful city

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Brisbane Wheel

Brisbane Wheel

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Heli ride

Heli ride

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View of Brisbane

View of Brisbane

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Self portrait

Self portrait

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on glass

on glass

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1961 Cadillac Sedan De Ville

1961 Cadillac Sedan De Ville

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Lets go for a ride

Lets go for a ride

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My opening speech

My opening speech

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First pen strokes

First pen strokes

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Brisbane panorama I

Brisbane panorama I

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Brisbane panorama II

Brisbane panorama II

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All coming together

All coming together

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It is summer here

It is summer here

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Sunglasses. Very important.

Sunglasses. Very important.

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Autographs

Autographs

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I am a celeb...

I am a celeb...

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Very happy with my work

Very happy with my work

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Brisbane is great

Brisbane is great

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Lots of people came to see me

Lots of people came to see me

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Final touches

Final touches

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Signing Brisbane Panorama

Signing Brisbane Panorama

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It is all done now!

It is all done now!

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Brisbane Panorama

Brisbane Panorama

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See The Big Picture!Stephen has completed his latest panorama drawing, which will be on display at the URA Gallery in Singapore. The artwork is now part of the national art collection of the Republic of Singapore. more

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