Drawing The Royal Wedding

Experiencing the fun event by drawing it

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Yesterday, my alarm went off at 2:45 am, and I was picked up in the dark to go to CBS Studio 57 to live draw the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’m not much of a royalist, but I do like to watch and draw events that capture a large portion of the world’s attention. To be honest, however, I have always liked Harry. I really enjoyed this wedding.

The studio was eerily quiet at 3:50 am. The handful of people who are the night shift were on duty. In 2016, I was in the newsroom to draw the presidential election, and stayed until midnight, only to return the next morning at 6 am to draw the country’s reaction via CBS This Morning’s broadcast.

But for the few of us in the studio who were covering the wedding from afar, the buzz was palpable. We are some of the social media team for CBS This Morning, and our job was to tweet about, instagram about the event, supporting the correspondents covering on location it in England. We got to work immediately, sitting at a group of desks with large computer monitors that were streaming the coverage. We were busy, but never too busy to comment amongst ourselves on the wedding, celebrities, guests, hats and outfits!

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I found I had to draw primarily from photos that I took of what I saw on the monitor because the on location cameras moved away from a given shot too quickly. My drawings are always done quickly, and I always execute and share my drawings in real time, as events happen, regardless if I am on location or in front of a monitor. So it was a combination of watching and selecting what I wanted to draw as events happened — not a lot different from what I do when I am on location. Except when I am on location, I don’t use photos to draw from, I draw from life. I prefer to be at the event in part because I don’t have to rely on a camera person to see things before I select what to draw.

It was fun! Below are the drawings that I did during the 5 hour broadcast. CBS created a gallery of some of my sketches, here. And they put together video captures of many of my drawings as I executed them on my tablet. Those are here.

This wedding was very happy and upbeat, and Meghan’s touches were felt by all. Her enthusiasm and bright spirit warmed what has often previously been a rather formal and stiff affair. There won’t be another royal wedding for many years, but I hope to go draw on location for the next one!

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CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King wore a different, wonderful hat every hour of the broadcast!

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Visual journalist/writer for New Yorker, New York Times, CBS News, CNN. TED, SXSW speaker. Looking to change world w humor. lizadonnelly.com

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