View Mike’s Marvel art at Ilkeston Library:

Mike Wood with his artwork of Marvel film characters that will be on display at library.

Mike Wood with his artwork of Marvel film characters that will be on display at library.

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Kirk Hallam man Mike Wood has been drawing well-known film characters since the age of eight and has completed 251 portraits in that time .

Now 59, self-taught Mike fits his artwork in between caring for his wife Violet who has suffered with health issues for the past few years.

His work, featuring characters from Marvel Films, is currently on display at Ilkeston Library. He also sells his pictures online and has had interest from Merlin Entertainments, which runs Madame Tussauds, about selling his work in their gift shops.

He said: He said: “My first ever portrait was of Dennis Weaver, it’s easier to draw recognisable people. Sometime you can be three quarters of a way through when you realise it doesn’t look like them and you just scrap it and that’s five to ten hours work scrapped.

“Spiderman was hard to draw and so was Bill Nighly’s character from Pirates of the Caribbean.”

“They are like your babies - I’m loathed to part with them.

“I have always liked drawing and have got thousands of pencils - I spend lots on them.”

At the moment Mike is working on a portrait of Antonio Banderas.

Though his wife has a number of health problems, including a pacemaker fitted, he said she is always cheerful and laughing.

His art hobby is something he does every day and tries to do at least two hours every day.

He added: “I have been drawing for about 50 years and when I had kids it went into the background.

“I was made redundant from Ilkeston Furniture Centre in January 2012 and look after my wife of 34 years.”