Welcome to my website. I am was drawing ANYTHING to raise funds for the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, just ask me. My little brother Toby and my wee brother Noah used to go in a lot. My name is Jack and I am 6 (now 12) years old.
Jack received a cool surprise in the mail from fantastic American artist Craig ‘Tapecat’ McCudden. Craig was one of the lucky folk to receive a Jack drawing (Felix the Cat) the first time round and we have remained friends since.
Craig runs a fun project where he decorates envelopes with his fantastic artwork. The reason he does this is simple. To cheer up the mail handlers, and make the recipient HAPPY! Getting mail these days is great and even better when its decorated with awesome artwork.
Craig very kindly decided to send one to Jack, which you can see below. Its an animal mash–up called a HEDGEHAWK.
Jack decided to reciprocate the gesture and send Craig his own surprise in the mail. Jack decided to combine his favourite animal of the moment, a Pug with another animal. He loved how Craig had combined a Hedgehog and a Hawk to come up with a HEDGEHAWK, so he decided to combine a Pug and an Octopus to come up with OCTOPUG!
In the past 231 days, the Prestonpans six–year–old has drawn 536 pictures, using 314 pens, 162 crayons and 96 pencils on 2144 sheets of paper.
Jack wanted to raise money for the hospital his youngest brother Noah attends with breathing problems. Since the project began, Noah has been admitted to hospital twice.
Jack has appeared on national television, gained celebrity support from the likes of actor David Tennant, the Eurythmics Dave Stewart who he drew an album cover copy for, The Wiggles and Queen’s Brian May.
Jack’s family, mum Rose, dad Ed and brothers Noah and Toby, have all been involved in the whirlwind, helping bring 222 cups of juice, 133 biscuits and 103 apples while the drawing is happening.
“I am really happy about getting to the end. I feel a little bit shy from all the pictures and the interviews. I hope you have all enjoyed my drawings, I have raised lots of money for the Sick Kids but if you still want to donate, I would be really happy. Just go to jackdrawsanything.com. Bye bye. Finished.”
Jack has spent a tenth of his young life on the project and a total of 268 hours drawing the requests.
Jack’s Dad Ed said:
“Jack has been amazing. Even when he was feeling unwell he kept going and got through his pictures. He is a typical 6 year old but underneath those freckles he is a superstar. We are so proud of him for all he has done and how he so maturely handles himself in the grownup situations he has found himself these last few months. Thank you to everyone who has supported us these last 8 months and we are looking forward to some free time in the evenings again!”
The website has had over 400,000 visits from 163 countries, with six million views of the Facebook page and over 6000 fans. He has appeared in the press in Brazil and Taiwan and dad Ed has tweeted over 3000 times to almost 900 followers.
Jack will now spend the Winter hibernating, just like his favourite animal, the hedgehog.
Maureen Harrison, chief executive of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said:
“Jack’s achievement in completing 500 amazing drawings to raise funds to help make time in hospital better for sick children and their families is truly amazing. He has spent many hours interpreting the requests people sent in — all of them highly imaginative — and producing incredibly detailed pictures which have clearly delighted the recipients.”
Jack decided to expand on this picture greatly and all in all took about an hour to do this. His explanation:
“It is a hedgehog party on a farm with bumblebees. The bumblebees are babies and the hedgehogs are the Mummy & Daddies. They are welcoming their babies back from the Winter because they have been hibernating. There is a swimming pool and lots and lots of presents. There are fireworks and much more.”
The hedgehogs are silver because they are dressed in party clothes.
David’s request was quite open and merely asked for aeroplanes. Jack decided to draw 3 baddy planes (red ones), one of which has been shot down. The 3 goody planes on the left (all with forcefields) are each flown by Mr Pricklepants (his toy hedgehog), Green the Dinosaur (his toy dinosaur) and Beebee (his toy Bumblebee). I think I have explained it correctly!
Tim & Joanne asked Jack to draw his favourite picture so Jack had no hesitation in drawing his favourite hedgehog and toy–Mr Pricklepants (he is a character from Toy Story 3 voiced by Timothy Dalton). Jack has done an amazing job drawing his best pal. Come on Pixar, give him a job!
Gail asked for YOUR favourite thing to which Jack’s reply was his usual hedgehogs!. I suggested a little variation on his usual hedgehog at which point Mummy piped up with the news that today was Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th Birthday.
Sonic is a game Jack likes to play and after a long discussion about how a character could have a birthday when they were not alive or born he settled on Sonic.
This picture is a result of Jack’s little 4000 Facebook fans contest. The winning entry was chosen by Jack for Victoria Furzer–Pickett out of almost 100 suggestions. He found it very tough and wanted to do them all but in the end, this one just sneaked it.
From a list of almost 60 requests, we whittled Jack down, knockout stylie to get to this one. He really enjoyed all the requests and wanted to draw them all!
As he got less and less to choose from he found it really difficult to choose but suffice to say, 3 out of the final 4 were hedgehog related. We hope you enjoy your picture LauraKay and hope everyone else is not too sad at the outcome.
Jack is still drawing so any donations are more than welcome, thanks guys.
We all know how much Jack likes hedgehogs so imagine how thrilled he was when my friend Jo asked him to draw her hedgehog Alice on holiday in Egypt. Imagine that happiness squared now that Jo sent us a picture of Alice at the laptop checking out her picture.
Jack has received another picture from someone out there on the Interweb. Johanna Moss, the lovely lady who requested the pink unicorn has reciprocated the drawing love and sent Jack this hedgehog and Doctor Who themed picture. Thank you, Jack loves it and it is on his pinboard.