By the end of the painting, and after a sleepless night, I had run out of time. The version of Morrisey I had painted was rushed and looked more like Jimmy Carr, and there were lots of severely rushed sections of the illustration. Thankfully I was given another couple of hours, although I could have done with another day at least to rework areas (including the likeness of Sting). I had just enough time to repaint Morrisey using a new reference, which I did in one hour.
Then there was delivering the artwork. The Radio Times' offices are in Shepherd's Bush, and by coincidence, I was booked to draw at an event in Chelsea the same evening. So having had no sleep, we drove the artwork from east Kent to North London ('we' being Ruth, Lucy and myself as Ruth wanted to come along, Lucy is a baby so she had no choice). It took 2.5 hours to drive about 4 miles across London (a bus had crashed into traffic lights on Islington high street, causing mayhem!!) and with the deadline for going to press at 4pm, we weren't going to make it. In the end, they managed to hold on until the artwork finally arrived at 5.30pm.
So the moral of this story is, digital is an absolute godsend when it comes to illustrations with tight deadlines. I don't know how we managed before now! At the same time, I enjoyed the challenge, and learned a lot from the process. I look forward to hearing what you think of the finished piece. :)