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Lydie Greco
Graphic design, Illustration & Live drawing


The Sketch’O’Matic was invented by Bren O’Callaghan for the Manchester Weekender festival in 2011. It is built like a regular photobooth : people are invited to sit inside the booth as if for a photograph. But where the machinery should be is a tiny, fully equipped artist studio, where the artist sits and draws. People are invited to make a minimum donation of £1 to the artist through an anonymous slot in return for a self-portrait, delivered through a little slot outside of the booth, just like a regular photomaton. The artist can remain anonymous or sign the portrait.

This was such an amazing experience for me, I really enjoyed the challenge of not being able to spend more than 2 to 3 minutes on every portrait, given the long queue of people waiting ! People also really relax as they quickly become unaware that they’re being watched (I was able to see them through a one-way mirror).

I did it for 3 hours and managed to draw 62 people. Behind each portrait I left a little note or compliment about the person. Apologies for the poor quality of the pictures, these were taken with my small phone and in a hectic rush !

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