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Alastair Campbell under scrutiny on Portrait Artist of the Year as GMB presenter is examined in painstaking detail

The latest episode of Portrait Artist of the Year will see Alastair Campbell be placed under the telescope as the Good Morning Britain guest presenter is examined in extremely close detail by the artists.

The new series of Portrait Artist of the Year on Sky Arts will see a combination of amateur and professional artists compete for a chance to win a coveted £10,000 prize commission.

In each round of the competition, they are tasked with creating portraits of celebrity sitters, with last week’s heat featuring fashion designer Alexa Chung, comedian Nish Kumar and actor Philip Glenister.

In an exclusive clip shared by from tonight’s episode, Alastair is one of the individuals selected as a subject for three of the nine contestants.

At the end of the heat, the judges can only choose one artist out of the nine to proceed to the next stage of the series.

In the clip, one of the artists discusses the challenges – or lack thereof – of having Alastair as his sitter, while chatting to presenter Stephen Mangan.

Alastair chuckles as the artists analyses his facial features (Picture: Sky Arts)

‘What are the challenges of painting someone like Alastair?’ Stephen asks, with the artist explaining that it’s actually ‘quite easy’ to create a portrait of the former spokesperson for Tony Blair because he has ‘strong features’.

‘The nose, it’s a big feature,’ he adds, with Alastair piping up to remark that he believes he has a ‘Roman nose’.

Stephen, who co-hosts the show with Joan Bakewell, assesses the artist’s portraits (Picture: Sky Arts)

During this stage of the four-hour portrait process, this particular artist has created two drawn studies of Alastair that overlap one another, each exploring the broadcaster’s face at different angles.

Following on from Alastair’s comment, Stephen chimes in to say: ‘Very Roman nose. And you have two of them,’ pointing at the two drawings.

The artist looks like he’s off to a flying start (Picture: Sky Arts)

The artist explains that by doing multiple studies of the celebrity, ‘you can see something else about the personality, a different point of view’.

‘He looks stressed in both!’ Stephen jokes, as Alastair bursts into laughter.

While the idea of sitting down for four hours may sound like an easy feat, it is anything but, as people can quickly become restless or not to shift positions for comfort.

In last week’s episode, model Alexa immediately received a warning from an artist about her pose, who advised her against crossing her legs straight away.

The current series of Portrait of the Year features famous faces including It’s A Sin actor Lydia West, former politician Gyles Brandreth, former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, Bridgerton star Polly Walker and actor Hugh Skinner.

The artist chosen as the eventual winner by judges Kathleen Soriano, Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan will receive a commission to paint internationally renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Portrait Artist of the Year returns tonight at 8pm on Sky Arts and is available to watch on NOW.


Credit: Original article published here.

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