Worthing artist’s ‘rubbish’ pet portraits become internet sensation - in pictures

A Worthing artist who captures people’s pets in a not always flattering light has become an internet sensation and raised thousands of pounds for a homeless charity.

By John Holden
Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 12:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 12:44 pm

Operating under the name Hercule van Wolfwinkle, he started out by offering commissions to draw people’s pets, in his signature ‘rubbish’ style, to raise money for Turning Tides. Hercule marketed his drawings as having a recommended retail price of £299, but has instead allowed interested parties to donate to his Turning Tides fundraiser. Any amount is allowed, but £14 is recommended as that allows the charity to provide someone with breakfast and a hot shower. The overwhelming demand has turned the requests into a lottery, with commissions not guaranteed, as Hercule is a part-time alter ego of a real, full-time person. But over £10,000 has already been raised for the Worthing-based charity and his creations have appeared across national media. To donate and get the chance to have your pet immortalised, for better or worse, visit

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