As a family, we have known Ian since he was 16, and kept in touch with him through his various adventures and escapades. I wanted to capture that sense of a romantic adventurer and dreamer, and his ever-present sense of humour.
I have worked as an illustrator for 30 years and during my career I have brought to life many fictional characters. It was a natural progression when, about 10 years ago, I began to try to capture the character of real people and bring them to life on canvas with a certain sparkle in their eyes.
All images ©Clare Hewitt