Despite the Covid-19 enforced lockdown and social distancing measures, people around the world have been uniting in clever and creative ways. And it doesn’t get any more amazing than the followers of #DrawWithRob, a hugely popular online drawing class, which brought thousands of people together to participate in an award-winning art lesson.
Children’s author and illustrator Rob Biddulph is one of many inspiring industry leaders who have brought people closer together through live video tutorials. Alongside Joe Wicks, he has been a real success story throughout this lockdown, educating and motivating people to achieve their art goals. His clear, relaxed manner has given kids and adults around the world a therapeutic way to get through these difficult house-bound months.
It is fitting then that such a heartening celebration of artistic endeavour has entered into the record books.
ArtWorldRecords, the collective who spearheaded the effort, initially hoped to attract 10,000 participants to its free-to-join art class. The Guinness World Records confirmed last week that more than four times the required amount took part, with 45,611 participants from the UK, Europe, Asia and beyond taught how to draw a blue whale, also raising £51,970 to help fight coronavirus in the process.
This fantastic achievement is a testament to the power of art to bring people together, and is also a real endorsement of the friendly, well-mannered nature of Biddulph’s teaching.
“When I first started the #DrawWithRob classes back in March I had no idea they’d lead to a Guinness World Records title – but here we are!” he wrote online.
“The support I’ve received from everyone – kids, parents, grandparents and beyond – has been overwhelming. I wish I could personally thank each and every individual who has taken part in the classes, and in particular the 45,611 people who’ve broken the record with me. I hope I’ve helped to inspire people of all ages to continue creating beautiful artwork long into the future
Many who contributed to this effort have uploaded their work online, and is available to view through the hashtag #ArtWorldRecords. The charitable impact has also been a hugely impressive feat. This included contributions from companies whose employees participated in the attempt as well as generous donations from the public, in addition to a winning auction bid of £970 for the original drawing created by Rob during the live event.
"I was approached by the team at Art World Records who needed someone to be the face (or the hands!) of their attempt at the largest ever online art lesson," Rob told Digital Arts ahead of the attempt. "Due to the popularity of my #DrawWithRob videos (around 14 million impressions on YouTube so far) I guess I was a good fit.
To find out more about this record breaking effort, visit https://www.artworldrecords.com/.
By Richard Oxley