The freelance illustrator and comic book artist is raffling the impressive works to raise money for NHS Charities Together.
Richard Barker, 41, from Alrewas, in Burton on Trent, is showing his “unreserved gratitude” to heath workers on the frontline against the coronavirus pandemic by raffling artwork that sees them come to life as actual comic book heroes.
The illustrations created last month resemble famous comic book covers such as Batman and Captain America, with NHS staff the protagonists.
The artist has even made a nod to Captain Tom Moore, who, last month, raised over £32 million for the NHS, by completing 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by the time he reached his 100th birthday in April.
Richard said he has “always been a huge fan of the NHS” and that their work has often been “undervalued”.
He told Oh My Goodness: “The NHS have been there for me on more occasions than I can count. From the birth of my children to seeing me and my family through illnesses.
“I have always felt that their incredible work has far often been undervalued or rather not as appreciated as it should be.”
After deciding that he wanted to help in any way he could, with the help of his mum, the idea of using his talents for good were soon realised.
Richard launched the raffle for the artwork only last week, and while he has raised £55 so far, he is “determined” to raise at least £1,000 for NHS Charities Together.
“This pandemic has been an eyeopener not just for the incredible hard work and dedication shown by the NHS but for the lack of support needed by them to keep doing their job,” he said.
Richard said each project he works on is different, but they all sit within the comic book genre.
The artist is commissioned to draw a comic book series for FM Comics and is currently working on his own graphic novel which he hopes to release next year.
He added: “Anyone who buys a £5 raffle ticket is in with the chance to win. But even if you don’t end up walking away with the collection, being able to support our NHS is just a great thing to be able to do.”
100% of the revenue generated from the raffle will go to NHS Charities Together.
The four pieces of artwork up for grabs in the raffle include:
If you would like to take part in the raffle for these outstanding pieces you can visit the website.
Richard also regularly posts original artwork on his Instagram.
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