VIEWERS of a top television soap could soon be seeing the work of a Felpham artist on their screens.
Rob Amick hopes his striking portrait of Tamara Wall, who plays Grace in C4’s Hollyoaks, will be placed on its set.
His masterpiece has caught Tamara’s attention and she has told him she will ask the series’ producers if it can be displayed.
“Tamara said she thought my portrait was awesome. She said it can be difficult to get items on the set because of the need for continuity between the scenes which can be shot out of sequence,” said Rob. “But I hope she is successful. It will be great to have one of my paintings seen on TV.
“Painting means everything to me. I have drawn ever since I can remember.
“All I ever did at school was to draw over my books instead of working. It’s a natural thing for me to do. When I get started on a painting, I lose myself.”
Rob, 31, of Lionel Avenue, has also created portraits of fellow Hollyoaks stars, Nicky Sanderson, who plays Maxine and Greg Wood (Trevor).
He captured their likeness by photographing them on the television. He recreated that shot in six to ten hours of work with pastel paints on an A3 sheet of paper.
He then scanned the portrait on to a large canvas. In Tamara’s case, that reached 30in by 24in.
He contacted the actors through Twitter with photos of the finished works. They enthusiastically took up his offer of the portraits. He is about to send the paintings to them.
Rob’s portrait work has arisen from his earlier doodling with ballpoint pens. This was reported in the Observer about ten years ago and featured some extremely detailed work.
Some friends suggested he develop these into portraits. He put some of his finished works on Facebook and they attracted more attention.
“People didn’t realise I could do that sort of thing. I started getting comments through Facebook and it has developed from there,” said Rob.
His work is becoming popular enough for him to start to make a living from it.
Rob has a timelapse video on his Facebook page – www.facebook.com/portraitsbyrobamick – which shows him painting.