Last year I shared the story of Chris Baker, a young Welsh artist with an extraordinary talent. I first discovered Chris Baker’s incredible artwork when Youngest and I visited Manchester Film & Comic Convention early last year, (HERE). His parents, Sam and Stewart, were selling his prints at the convention. Initially, I thought the prints were photographs. However, on closer inspection, I realised they were actually drawings of characters from well-known films and TV shows including The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Marvel/DC superheroes. I’d never seen such realistic drawings, and I was keen to find more. Chatting to Chris’s parents, I soon discovered the story behind the photorealistic images was even more astonishing.
Sam and Stewart explained that Chris has Asperger’s Syndrome, (a form of autism), which makes it difficult for him to socialise and interact. At 14, he was removed from school because he was being bullied and it was during his time at home they discovered his extraordinary talent for drawing. They also realised that art was a form of therapy for him, relaxing him and giving him confidence. I was so inspired by Chris’s story, I featured him in my Creative Inspirations series, where Sam, his mum, shared more about his life and work (Creative Inspirations: Chris Baker Art).
In Chris’s drawing of Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf, you can see every wrinkle, line and pore.
Nine months since I featured Chris, I’m delighted to say CJBArt has gone from strength to strength, with the help of Team Mum and Dad! In fact, they’re busier than ever, travelling, exhibiting, and taking on private commissions, too.
What’s more, instead of hiding behind the scenes at conventions (I discovered he’d been tucked away behind the screens as I chatted with his parents in Manchester) Chris has gained confidence. So much so, he’s had the courage to meet some of the subjects of his incredible sketches in person, including Sir Ian McKellen, and the darts player, Michael Van Gerwen.
Chris presenting Sir Ian McKellen with a print of his Gandalf drawing.
Chris Baker meets The Jacksons.
My CJBArt newsletters keep me up to date with Chris’s adventures, and it’s been wonderful to see him flourishing, in life and in work. That’s why I was delighted when I learned he’d finally realised one of his dreams last week when he met his musical heroes, The Jacksons.
Check out the video below and find out what happened when Chris met The Jacksons:
In part 1 of my new series, Creative Inspirations, where I showcase artists and creatives that inspire me, I interview Mike Matola, the creator of LineByLinePosters. Find out about the man behind these wonderful portraits, including my favourite 'Totoro' print.
We need to do something with the blank wall in our living room. There are so many options for filling the space: framed prints & canvases; gallery walls; personalised wallpaper; photographs; objects or handmade crafts & prints. So as I go through the decision-making process I thought I would share some of my ideas. In the first part of my series I look at Wonderful Wall art and tell you which 5 artists are on my wish list.
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I am a big fan of Jackson5. Such a lovely art! Chris has a notable talent. His drawings look like photographs…wow!
That video is so cute – it brought a lump to my throat! I love these artist posts you do. And I still can’t believe they’re pencil drawings – they just look like a photo!
Video is super cute. And Chris is super talented.