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Home / Entertainment / This amazing portrait of Steve Strange made from sand earned the artist a personal message from Boy George

This amazing portrait of Steve Strange made from sand earned the artist a personal message from Boy George

Food artist Nathan Wyburn drew a portrait of Steve Strange made from sand from the Wales coastline earning him a message from Boy George.

The singer sent Nathan, from Ebbw Vale , a message saying it was “amazing”.

Nathan has drawn a number of celebrities and is known for using food – including a portrait of Simon Cowell made from toast, Eminem using spaghetti and Taylor Swift made of coffee.

But over the past week Nathan has added the New Romantic icon to his list of impressive portraits and has also won a nation-wide Twitter competition for a new spaghetti portrait.

Last week he travelled to Porthcawl to take part in the live event.

Nathan said: “The theme was a celebration of Porthcawl and the coastline. I’m not a landscape artist so I decided to combine the two parts of the theme and made a portrait of Steve Strange using sand directly from the coastline of the place where he loved so much.

“I thought it was fitting and a nice tribute.”

The winner of the competition will be announced this week but after Nathan put a picture of his work on social media Boy George sent him a message.

The Voice judge, Boy George, wrote: “Amazing! Keep @steveisstrange legacy alive!”

Greg Davies’ portrait made from spaghetti which won a Twitter competition

Nathan also recently won a competition set by TV show Taskmaster and Greg Davies for the channel, Dave.

The challenge was set by Greg to create his portrait using only household food items.

“People tagged me in a post on Twitter about the competition,” Nathan explained. “It had me written all over it.

“I did Greg’s portrait using spaghetti – I chose that because it looks very foody.

“The public were asked to vote and I won with 77% of the public vote and the portrait appeared on the Taskmaster series finale.”

The spaghetti portrait took Nathan just under three hours to complete – using a knife, fork and spoon to create and adding the finer detail from the spaghetti tin with a paintbrush.

Nathan uses his feet to draw Ronaldo

And following the Euro 2016 tournament he drew football star Cristiano Ronaldo using only his feet.

“I put the paintbrush or the marker in between my toes and sometimes I use paint directly on my feet,” he said. “There isn’t much control but that’s how I get the final piece to look more rugged compared with using my hands.”

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