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039 - Jim Kook - SAM 2.3 A FRIEND FOR US ALL

039 - Jim Kook - SAM 2.3 A FRIEND FOR US ALL


Oil-based charcoal covered in wax

I was in equal measures excited and apprehensive about doing a Samarivan because I only consider myself capable in portraiture, however when my daughter suggested to turn it upside down, we both saw a face! Dismissing a creepy clown idea, we settled on a friendly robot which whilst not organic, was an interesting compromise to stretch my abilities.
As the only income earner in my family of 4 and in a high pressure career in publishing sales where job security is non-existant, I have often endured periods of high anxiety and found comfort sitting at a piece of paper with my pencil, stick or brush in hand. I am grateful to be a part of this wonderful project as the knowledge that Samaritans are only a phone call away should I ever need them is the support I need when my anxiety gets too much. If my work can help them to help others then I am delighted..


Jim Kook is a self taught portrait and pet artist who won the gloucestershire U18s arts prize in 1986 but didn't draw or paint again until over 30 years later when a chance encounter saw him invited to paint john barnes (ex england, liverpool & watford football player).
Jim likes to work in pencil or charcoal and has been commissioned to draw over 200 celebs, families and furries in the last 3 years.

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