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This guy

Real name: Phil Heckels. Local Sussex artist. Describes himself as “rubbish” and has made quite a penny from it. You give him a photo of your pet, he gives you a guaranteed shit portrait in return.

Eh. You gotta have a gimmick. Most of his work seems to be for charity.

I didn’t think he was all that funny – until I saw his pictures next to the photos he drew them from.

Whenever you sit down to draw, you are confronted with a series of what we call “picture problems”. How do I position multiple figures so they look natural? How am I going to deal with this weird angle? How do I move the viewer’s eye where it needs to go? Ach, perspective!

It’s even worse when you work from photos. There are always “what the heck am I looking at?” picture problems working from photos.

But von Wolfwinkle says, “I can do this!” and lets rip with the boneheadedest solution to all his picture problems. Click a few to see what I mean.


Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: May 10, 2022, 8:23 pm

Well, he actually has his own recognizable style, and seems to raise quite a bundle for animal charities. That gets him a thumbs up from me.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 10, 2022, 8:59 pm

Oh, yeah. I’d pay van Wolfwinkle to draw my dog’s portrait.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 10, 2022, 9:01 pm

I agree, Madman! Good on him.

Yes, the drawings are, as the artist himself says, rubbish. And yet they are appealing. I scrolled through quite a few of Stoaty’s image search pages and was seriously entertained by his work. I especially like the dog with the wooden leg.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 11, 2022, 3:25 am

Hey if Hunter Biden can sell art, anyone can.

Comment from BJM
Time: May 12, 2022, 2:01 am

I also agree…he captures the essence that makes dogs special.

Now without further ado…

Comment from steve
Time: May 12, 2022, 7:54 pm

Reminiscent of Ralph Steadman’s artwork for Flying Dog Brewery

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