Discovering Chris Baker & his photorealistic drawings, (plus giveaway).
I took Emily to her first convention, The Manchester Film and Comic Con, earlier in the year. You can find out all about it in ‘Star Wars Rey for the day: Emily’s convention adventures’ (HERE). As we drove home after a full day, it wasn’t the guest stars, costumes, autographs or exhibits that stuck in our minds. It was our discovery of the remarkable photorealistic drawings of Chris Baker, a 21-year-old artist from Cardiff, Wales.
His parents, Sam and Stewart, were selling his prints at the convention and I couldn’t believe how realistic they were. Initially, I thought the prints were photographs but realised they were 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, so I was intrigued and ended up having a long chat to Sam and Stewart about Chris and his incredible drawings.
The life-changing power of art.
They explained that Chris has Asperger’s Syndrome, (a form of autism), which makes it difficult for him to socialise and interact. In fact, we realised later, he was actually at the convention, but preferred to stay out of sight. His talent for drawing came to light when he was 14 after being taken out of school because of bullying. Since then, art has been therapy for him. Now, with the support of his parents, not only has art given him more confidence but he is earning a living from it too.
Earlier this month, Chris even got the chance to meet one of his heroes, Sir Ian McKellen, presenting him with his drawing of the actor as Gandalf. See video: HERE
Chris Baker’s Youtube channel.
Chris has his own Youtube channel showcasing his work. His videos show time-lapse footage of how he creates his photorealistic images.
I am unable to embed the videos in this post, so visit the Chris Baker Art’s Youtube channel: HERE.
Chris Baker Art in the news.
In the last 12 months, Chris’s talent has been picked up by national news programmes with his mum and dad appearing on Good Morning Britain.
Chris’s parents interviewed about his work on Good Morning Britain.
Follow Chris Baker.
I think you’ll agree, Chris has a remarkable talent and his drawings look like photographs.
For more information about Chris Baker and his incredible drawings visit his website Chris Baker Art (HERE) and follow him on social media:
Coming soon: Creative Inspirations – Chris Baker Art.
Despite their busy schedule, I am delighted to say that Chris Baker and his incredible photorealistic drawings will be the subject of the second in my series of ‘Creative Inspirations.’
In the in-depth interview, his mum Sam tells us all about Chris, his art and their journey as a family. I promise you, it’s an inspirational story you won’t want to miss, so stay tuned!
Over to you.
Have you heard of Chris Baker and his art? What do you think of his story and his artwork? Who would you like Chris to draw next?
Win an A4 Chris Baker Giclee print.
Chris is kindly offering one of my readers the chance to win one of his A4 Glycee prints. Even better, the winner can choose their print from his online collection (excludes Michael Van Gerwen prints).
For your chance to win your choice of Chris Baker A4 giclee print, enter the Rafflecopter competition below:
Competition terms and conditions:
1. There is one Chris Baker A4 giclee print available for one winner.
2. This prize draw will be drawn at random, and is open to entrants aged 18 or over residing in the UK.
3. Up to 6 entries per person. All are compulsory methods of entry.
4. Maflingo.com retains the right to change the competition if necessary.
5. The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
6. If the winners do not contact me within one week, I will redraw another winner at random.
7. Entries must be received by 11.59 pm on 13th October 2016.
8. The winners will be chosen at random and notified by email on 14th October 2016.
This giveaway is posted on the Loquax website.
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