Every week, a man creates 150 of these cute pet portraits to h.e.l.p the homeless.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Hercule Van Wolfwinkle original is worth 750. The artist’s “rubbish” pet photos make up for their lack of polish in appeal. According to the BBC, the images have raised nearly $6,500 for a homeless organization.

Van Wolfwinkle, also known as Phil Heckles to his family, was coloring with his son one day when he attempted to depict his dog. Heckles placed it on Facebook anyhow, despite the fact that it wasn’t the most favorable likeness. As a joke, he asked £299 (about $387) for the portrait.
He hadn’t expected to get any substantial proposals, yet his email inbox was overflowing with commission demands.

‘You know when you’ve had the worst day ever and you’re just about to settle down with your favourite film and a nice bottle of wine......and your mobile rings.....and it’s the mother-in-law.........whose neighbour you don’t even know has just had an operation.....?Yeah, that’s how this picture makes me feel’

He explained, “I think people just found them humorous at a time when there’s not much to grin about.”

Heckles began painting other people’s pets for free and publishing the results on Facebook in response to the requests. He even posted bogus reviews that he thought the owners would leave. Many people asked to pay for the artwork, but Hercule Van Wolfwinkle isn’t interested in making a profit.

He explained, “I couldn’t take their money because the photographs are garbage.” “As a result, I created a Just Giving page and encouraged others to donate instead.”

‘I was hoping you were going to draw my daughter riding the horse when I sent the picture in, but having seen what you’ve done to our darling Oscar, I’m glad you didn’t! It’s hideous’

Heckles raised nearly $6,350 for the homeless charity Turning Tides in just over a month. And the requests cont

inue to pour in. Heckles is said to be drawing as many as 150 “rubbish pet portraits” per week, with 600 more requests to fulfil, according to the BBC.

‘Do you get your kicks from upsetting people, is that what this is about?’

Heckles makes it clear on his Facebook page that he will not be able to respond to every single request. After all, he does have a day job. Any money donated to this project, on the other hand, goes straight to the charity.

“Homelessness is such a serious issue; it is a basic human right to have a roof over one’s head and food in one’s s.t.o.m.a.ch.

Turning Tides may have a constant backer for the rest of the year, thanks to the popularity of the crappy pet photos initiative.

“We at Turning Tides are blown away by Phil’s (as Hercule Van Wolfwinkle) incredible talent, energy, and excitement for his Pet Portraits. Phil and his ardent followers have not only raised a stunning £10,000+ for Turning Tides in just a month, but they have also raised awareness of the growing number of homeless men and women in our community,” Ruth Poyner, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Turning Tides, told Bored Panda.

One individual even got an original Van Wolfwinkle tattoo!

One person who was fortunate enough to view an original Van Wolfwinkle of their pet was so taken by it that he or she had it tattooed.

Heckles remarked, “I can’t believe how quickly it’s taken off.” “It’s just for everyone’s enjoyment, including mine. I’ll have to stop if it becomes too stressful. But I’ll do everything I can to raise funds for Turning Tides. My next objective is to raise $10,000.”

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