AN artist from Swadlincote has been given the royal thumbs up, after he sent his own portrait of the Queen to Her Majesty and received a letter of thanks in response.
Fine arts student Carl Smith put his talents to good use when he sketched a picture of the monarch and sent it to her to mark 60 years since her coronation.
Weeks later, a letter from arrived from Balmoral thanking the 19-year-old for his portrait and saying the Queen had been ‘touched’ by his thought.
Mr Smith, of Potters Croft, said: “I felt a sense of excitement. I felt like ‘wow, my letter has actually been read by the Queen’. She had obviously seen the portrait. It’s actually happened; I have done something that I thought simply could not be done. I have contacted the Queen.”
Mr Smith decided to send the portrait after speaking with some of his friends about the portraits he draws for people he knows.
He is not an ardent royalist, as the gesture might suggest, but he thought he would try it as it was the first famous face he had ever drawn, he said.
“It was good to do the picture. People said they were really impressed with it,” he added.
The talented Derby University student took inspiration from the picture of the sovereign which was on his grandparents’ anniversary card, and the likeness can be seen above.
“I love capturing someone’s essence in a picture. It’s something that can’t really be done in a photograph. I like doing pictures for other people because it makes them happy,” he said.
Mr Smith started drawing while studying GCSE art at Pingle School. He went on to do an A-level in the subject and has just completed his first year at university.