South Gloucestershire and Stroud College student, Jessica Willcox-Drew has drawn an incredible portrait of a nurse wearing PPE by using the word hero over and over.
Jessica, 18, is currently studying Art Foundation Diploma at Bristol School of Art (WISE Campus) and took inspiration for her artwork from seeing the dedication and sacrifice of our NHS key workers during the current coronavirus pandemic.
Using the word ‘hero’ over tens of thousands of times, Jessica used a fine line pen to create this remarkably detailed drawing. The 15 hour portrait was completed in between Jess’s college work and her time off from being a ‘key worker’ herself at Bradley Stoke’s Tesco store.
"I drew this image because it's instantly recognisable as a health worker. I used the word of 'hero' because it is simple yet effective. I wanted a short word so you could see it when you looked at the detail but also wanted it to highlight how amazing all the healthcare workers have been and I think 'hero' sums it up perfectly."
"I didn't expect my picture to have this much positive feedback and reposts online so that was a huge shock."
"I created it to make NHS workers smile and feel better, even for a split-second and I've had so many key workers saying how grateful they were when they saw it. I am very happy with it, despite me still seeing some parts I wish I changed but overall I'm happy."
The drawing has attracted an incredible amount of positive feedback on social media and Jessica is having her picture made into postcards which will be sold for NHS Charities Together. Alongside this, the organisation, Make it Blue, who started the campaign to support healthcare workers by lighting up landmarks and buildings blue around the world each Thursday, will be auctioning one of Jessica’s prints by projecting it on a building which could be anywhere in the world!
Claire Baillie, SGS tutor comments
"It’s fantastic to see Jess gain recognition from the wider community. It says a lot about her character that she wanted to use her art to raise money for charity through responding to the current situation. We are all very proud of her achievement."
On completing her Foundation Diploma, Jess will be going to Plymouth College of Art.