The World Cup is all about winning and losing. But for Mansfield-based football fan Sam Edwards, it’s about drawing too.
For he is an amateur artist whose dream it is to make a career out of his talent for producing watercolour sketches.
He has come up with drawings of England manager Gareth Southgate, captain Harry Kane and Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi.
But it’s an illustration he did of a Mansfield Town match that he hopes could lead to a career breakthrough. For it has caught the imagination of Stags supporters, some of whom are even interested in buying a copy.
Sam, 29, said: “I took a photo in the stands before Mansfield’s match again at Accrington Stanley earlier this year and decided to use it for an illustration.
“I posted a photo of the painting on Twitter, and I got more than 100 likes and a retweet from the club. Some fans even made it their profile picture. I was chuffed that they were so interested in it.”
Sam, who works as an administrator at King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton, hails from Hertfordshire and is a Tottenham supporter. He moved to this area after meeting his girlfriend Lindsay, 29, who is from Mansfield, while studying sociology at Anglia Ruskin University.
“My job isn’t remotely arty, but I have always been interested in drawing,” he said. “I like to draw atmospheric things and capture the character of people. I have just done some illustrations for a children’s book, and I am taking commissions.”
Examples of Sam’s work can be found on his Facebook page, samedwardsart.