Marcus Powell, a Changing Faces Champion, wants to be a cartoonist when he grows up. Or an animator, he says. As long as the job involves drawing, doodling and colouring, creating new characters and worlds with his pencil and marker pens, the 14-year-old from Hereford will be happy. He’s been doing it since he was seven; his talent is clear to see.
But his life hasn’t always been easy – Marcus was born with a rare facial cleft, which ran from his eye through his cheek and straight through his palate. Not only did this leave him looking visibly different, it’s necessitated many trips to the hospital.
In this video The Telegraph has arranged a meeting with cartoonist Bob Moran, so the two can swap tips and hopefully pick up some new drawing skills!
Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity for the 1.3 million people in the UK with a visible difference: a mark, scar or condition that makes them look different. They provide advice, support and psychosocial services to children, young people and adults. They also challenge discrimination and campaign for Face Equality: a world that truly values and respects people who look different. Changing Faces want a future where everyone with a visible difference on their face or body has the confidence, support and opportunity to lead the lives they want.
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