Her Majesty shows pleasure at clever portrait

David Southwell with his portrait and a letter from The Queen.

David Southwell with his portrait and a letter from The Queen.

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IF a picture is a worth a thousand words – this artist’s work must speak volumes.

David Southwell, from Blackpool, has been creating his unusual word portraits for a year, much to the delight of his friends and family.

David Southwell's portrait

David Southwell's portrait

But recently, he received a more regal seal of approval for his efforts after mailing one of his drawings to the Queen.

The portrait, of Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh earned the artist a thank you letter from Buckingham Palace.

Mr Southwell, 45, a teaching assistant at Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College, said: “It was really nice to get a response, I didn’t expect one.

“I’m not really much of a Royalist, I normally draw rock bands but I thought I’d give them a go.

“I’ve done around 150 pictures to date and I like sending them off, I’m a big Status Quo fan and got sent a photograph of the band holding my picture.”

The artist will use an outline and then fill it in using the subject’s name, song lyrics or well known phrases.

As well as bands such as the Rolling Stones, ACDC and Led Zeppelin, singers Alfie Boe, Lionel Richie and scores of actors and sporting stars have been immortalised.

Mr Southwell’s first picture was of Blackpool FC with the names of the players making up the text.

The father-of-two added: “I’m not really sure where the idea came from but I can do a picture in a couple of hours.

“They are proving popular with my friends and family.”

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