BBC Sports FA Cup Final Stop Motion Video

Artwork based on the achievements of the then Watford manager Javi Gracia

Ahead of Manchester City’s FA Cup final game against Watford in 2019 I was approached by BBC Sport about creating a piece of artwork based on the achievements of the then Watford manager Javi Gracia.

This opportunity came about as quite others do: from the fact that one of the BBC Sport staff had seen my mural at RPB barbershop in the Northern Quarter and decided that they wanted to work with me.

BBC Sport’s brief was to create a time-lapse video of me drawing key moments from Gracia’s career that led to him on the road to Wembley. Once the video had been edited it would then be narrated by journalist and Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague.

On a stifling hot day in my central Manchester studio we spent three hours creating the time lapse creation, only to find out the next day that it hadn’t been filmed correctly.

No matter, we did it again, and fortunately were successful the second time around. Sadly, the piece didn’t help Gracia in his efforts to lift the FA Cup that year – Watford lost 6-0 – but for me it was a dream to see my work played live on BBC1. It’s not every day you appear in the FA Cup final, after all.

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