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.
We met with Mike to see how he feels about being a Sweet FA 2020 winner and to learn a little more about him.
How does it feel to be a Sweet FA 2020 winner?
It feels sweet. And more than a little surreal to be recognised for a project that began as a one-off illustration for shits and giggles. I have no delusions of being an illustrator. I thought it was bonkers enough that it turned into an art work that people were willing to buy. Getting an award for it, therefore, sums up the absurdity of 2020 for me.
It also reminds me not to let a lack of proficiency stop me having a good old bash at things, because you never know where it might lead.