Drawing Inspiration: A Wild Audience with…

22/12/2014

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drawing inspiration by Sam Taylor - www.samdrawsthings.com

Imagine.  A bustling theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue packed with sharks, sloths, whales, birdsong and the roar of leopards…

That sort of summarises ‘A Wild Audience with…’ last week at the Lyric Theatre – an evening hosted by TV vet Steve Leonard with TV wildlife celebrities camera man Doug Allan, Lucy Cooke, Martin Hughes-Games and Steve Backshall talking about some of their favourite animals, sharing films and sounds and stories their close encounters.

It was rather wonderful, particularly as the place was packed with excited kids – I’ve been to so many events talking about the need to get more children passionate about nature where there has not been a single person under 25; Steve Backshall certainly seems to be a bit of a pied piper and a massive draw for kids…

It was a slightly dark for drawing in the auditorium, but I attempted to do some doodling during the talks.  Doug mostly spoke about his Artic and Antartic adventures filming for David Attenborough’s ‘Life‘ series.  Lucy focussed on the weird and wonderful lives of sloths.  Martin introduced the work of some incredible female rangers working with big cats in India, and Steve wrapped up the night with a passionate talk about the need to better understand sharks.  As someone who has (pretty much) beaten a phobia of these amazing fish, I was with him – the numbers being killed every year are just shocking and there is so much more to them than the ‘Jaws‘ stereotype.  You can find out more about Shark Conservation (for whom Steve is a Patron) here.  All the speakers sparkled with enthusiasm for their subject, with lots of humour and some strong conservation messages too.

A Wild Audience with poster

The line up for the evening

doodle by Sam Taylor - www.samdrawsthings.com

Quick doodle of Steve Leonard, Lucy Cooke, Martin Hughes-Games and Steve Backshall

Sloth doodle by Sam Taylor - www.samdrawsthings.com

Learning about sloths

Martin Hughes-Games by Sam Taylor - www.samdrawsthings.com

Martin Hughes-Games

Doug Allan by Sam Taylor - www.samdrawsthings.com

Doug Allan

Lucy Cooke by Sam Taylor - www.samdrawsthings.com

Lucy Cooke

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