SHEFFIELD pop artist Pete McKee has paid tribute to Jessica Ennis’s Olympic gold medal win - by immortalising the athlete in a new cartoon.
The heptathlete can be seen speeding along in a convertible with her pet labrador Myla in the passenger seat, her gold medal around her neck - and a bottle of Henderson’s Relish in the back seat of the car.
Pete said: “There is no way that I could let Jess’s wonderful and outstanding gold medal performance pass without immortalising it in a McKee original.
“She is a Sheffield lass and a national treasure and I wanted to pay homage to both, so I’ve snuck in a little Sheffield reference with a big splash of red, white and blue.
“In the painting is Jess’s chocolate labrador to keep her company as she makes her way home to Sheffield.”
The print is on sale at Pete’s Sharrow Lane gallery and online at www.petemckee.com - and, for every print sold, £5 will be donated to Jess’s favourite charity, the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, of which she is patron.
Pete posted the image on Twitter and Jess immediately responded: “It’s brilliant! I absolutely love it! Thank you! Myla looks great!”
Pete replied: “Thanks Jess, I’m so delighted you like your painting, hurry home, Sheffield misses you.”
Pete has also created a cartoon of gold medal winning cyclist and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.
Cat Powell from the Artfelt Project at the Children’s Hospital Charity said: “It is really nice that Pete has recognised Jess’s achievement in this way.
“It’s great they have collaborated like this - they’ve just seen the opportunity to make a really big difference as a joint force and we are very grateful to both of them.”
n Jess and Bradley were introduced as the ‘King and Queen of England’ at a secret Stone Roses gig in Hoxton, London, by frontman Ian Brown on Monday night.