12 hours, 163 portraits and a new record for Walter EDINBURGH Festival fringe performer and artist Walter DeForest broke his own world record of portraits drawn in 12-hours after another heroic effort in the Royal Mile on Thursday, 10 August. The determined New Yorker set a new record of 160 in 2016, and was back in the shadow of the Adam Smith Statue this week to try and beat his previous tally, while raising awareness of mental health and the work of Support in Mind Scotland. Walter set about the marathon task at 8am and with barely a minute to spare he sketched portraits number 161, 162 and 163 shortly before 8pm. The weather was a great improvement on last year, and bright and sunny conditions ensured that there were a constant queue of volunteers willing to share in this little piece of history and have their portrait sketched. Support in Mind Scotland volunteers were also on hand to chat about the charity and mental health issues, while DJ Mog - one of the presenters at Radio Stafford 103, our community radio station based at the Stafford Centre - conducted interviews, and also had his portrait done. There was again a truly international theme to the challenge, and among those who sat for Walter were visitors from the United States, Netherlands, Chile, Italy, China, Sweden, Germany, the Philippines, Oman, Portugal, Australia, Spain and Czech Republic. All of them took away a signed and number portrait as a souvenir of the occasion. Throughout the Fringe Festival, Walter is starring in 'Van Gogh Find Yourself' - a free show which explores the fascinating life and times of impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh. You can catch it each day at 3.40pm at Natural Food Kafe (Venue 415) at 55 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh.