Mike kept his social media friends together and entertained daily throughout lockdown by creating a daily illustration of ‘Who’s behind the PPE mask‘. What started out as a one off illustrative idea, quickly turned into a huge social following, where friends and followers eagerly awaited his daily posting. In a time when all people really wanted was to have some sense of normality and humour in their lives, Mike helped them momentarily forget the ever increasing dread of COVID in a unique and topical manner.
Despite having other freelance commitments, Mike didn’t miss one posting and the community looked forward to his daily conundrum and resulting banter as everyone tried to guess who the mystery person was. Some of the guesses were as entertaining as the illustrations themselves.
Mike then turned the best of his illustrations into 3 collectible posters which he then got printed and then sold to all his social media followers, with all proceeds going to charity, his local homeless shelter, who really needed the extra funds during covid.
Each print sold came with an essay documenting the project and a crib sheet highlighting all the incorrect and correct answers from the quiz.
Mike didn’t miss one posting and I for one looked forward to his daily conundrum and resulting banter as everyone tried to guess who the mystery person was. Some of the guesses were as entertaining as the illustrations themselves.
I have worked with Mike on many commercial and film projects over the years. He’s a brilliant creative and naturally gifted writer who’s words are always effortless to read. He’s approachable, adaptable, and is actually a real laugh to collaborate with. He’s a nice bloke and It’s easy to see why he’s been shortlisted for this award.
I became hooked on Mike's drawings from the beginning. They made me smile – and in these times, we all need a big dollop of just that. There's something about the rawness and unpretentiousness that connected with me instantly. And when, today, I saw he'd done another one, I thought, 'Great, the Famous PPE-ople are back.' Power to the Famous PPE-ople!