The future of Anh’s Brush with Fame was called into question this week after the ABC confirmed that Do has yet to sign for another season.
According to TV Blackbox, the 44-year-old has come under intense scrutiny by viewers who suspect his works are prepared before filming, or in some cases not entirely his own work.
Do is no stranger to fans questioning the legitimacy of his ABC series, which claims to show the comedian painting his celebrity interview topics for several hours in a single shoot.
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In 2019, fans were baffled after noticing a continuity error during Do’s interview with celebrity chef Kylie Kwong.
During her shoot, Kwong wore a pair of round glasses, but Do’s finished painting depicted her wearing square-rimmed glasses.
This confused viewers, with a tweet: “Kylie Kwong on Anh’s Brush with Fame last night was awesome but [I’m] so confused by what happened to his glasses.
Hmm! In 2019, fans were baffled after noticing a continuity error during Do’s interview with celebrity chef Kylie Kwong (pictured)
What is going on? The finished painting showed Kylie wearing square-rimmed glasses (left). Throughout her session, she wore round glasses (right)
Gaffe: The editing blunder didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter, with one fan writing: “Kylie Kwong on Anh’s Brush with Fame last night was awesome but so confused by what happened to her glasses”
Another person tweeted: “I wonder why Anh didn’t paint the same glasses Kylie Kwong wore [during her interview]? ‘
A third fan wrote: “What happened with Kylie Kwong’s glasses between the interview and the portrait? Square on the paint, round on the face. But still a nice interview. ‘
However, Kylie’s portrait actually appeared to be based on a professional photo taken a decade ago for Dumbo Feather magazine.
Format: The premise of Anh’s Brush with Fame is that Anh Do (pictured) paints her interview topic for several hours in a single session
“What happened with Kylie Kwong’s glasses between the interview and the portrait?” Viewers flocked to Twitter (above) to express their confusion over the continuity error
Photographer Toby Burrows’ 2012 image shows Kylie wearing the same square-rimmed glasses as in Anh’s portrait.
At the time, an ABC spokesperson explained that “the painting sessions take place over several hours on a closed stage” and that additional photos are sometimes used by Anh to allow her “subjects to relax and to speak”.
It comes amid rumors that Do is “refusing to sign for another series” of Anh’s Brush with Fame, with the ABC confirming that a seventh season has yet to be locked down.
Deceptive: However, Kylie’s portrait actually appeared to be based on a professional photo taken a decade ago for Dumbo Feather magazine. Pictured: Anh and Kylie
TV Blackbox reported that “the social media backlash” to Do’s “process and finished artwork” is one of the reasons he wants to walk away.
However, Do insisted that he was unable to engage in filming due to his busy schedule writing children’s books.
Earlier this month, Do clarified that he paints the celebrity portraits seen in his critically acclaimed interview series.
Controversy: This comes amid rumors that Do “refuses to sign for another series” of Anh’s Brush with Fame, with ABC confirming that a seventh season has yet to be locked down. Photographed here with singer Guy Sebastian
Responding to questions from the Sydney Morning Herald Do said: “It’s all my own work.”
He then revealed that he was preparing “studies” before the interview, which are created from photos of his subjects.
These studies can be used for final work when he has a “day off” and does not complete a job that he is satisfied with during the interview.
However, Do has “help” from his teacher, New Zealand artist Paul Ryan, who is an accomplished portrait painter and 13-time Archibald finalist.
Close Examination: TV Blackbox reports that Do’s “social media backlash” to “process and finished artwork” is one of the reasons he wants to walk away. Photographed here with her portrait of Marcia Hines
Assistance: However, with the “help” of his teacher, New Zealand-born artist Paul Ryan (pictured), who is an accomplished portrait painter and 13-time Archibald finalist
Ryan confirmed to the Sydney Morning Herald that he was assisting in the early stages of creating the portraits.
“Yes, that’s right, but Anh is a little reluctant to reveal how it all plays out. He doesn’t like me talking about it, “he told the newspaper.
“And he turned me down when I asked for credit from a consultant on the show, even though every other bugger involved has one,” he added.
Helping Hand: Ryan confirmed to the Sydney Morning Herald this month that he is helping with the early stages of creating the portraits. Do is pictured with model and author Tara Moss
The post claimed Do had “downplayed” Ryan’s contribution to the show and said he simply sought “advice” from his fellow artist.
“I think he takes a little too much credit,” Do said.
Do confirmed to the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday that while he was very keen on signing for a seventh series, he was not able to do so immediately due to other professional commitments – namely writing children’s books.
Answer: Do said on Wednesday that while he was very keen on signing for a seventh round, he was not able to do so immediately due to other professional commitments – namely writing books.
“This year I’m so under the pump to meet the deadline for the books, so I just told the ABC that I can’t commit to something right now but I love the series,” did he declare.
Do has a publishing contract with Allen and Unwin, where he has committed to writing 50 children’s books over the next three years.
“When the writing workload can be reduced, I would like to come back and do more,” he added.
“The ABC wants another series and I would love to do another series, it’s just that I’m overwhelmed with my book commitments which I really appreciate.”
An ABC spokesperson confirmed to the post: “We are still in discussions with [production company] Screentime and we haven’t locked the next set of Anh Do’s Brush with Fame yet. We will keep you posted as soon as we have more news.
End of an era? Anh has a publishing contract with Allen and Unwin, where he has committed to writing 50 children’s books over the next three years. Do is pictured with TV veterinarian Dr Harry Cooper