Glass act Chris­tian in line for judg­ing role

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

BRIL­LIANT young draughts­man Chris­tian Beeston has been barred from en­ter­ing next year’s King’s School rugby shirt de­sign com­pe­ti­tion – be­cause he can’t stop win­ning.

In­stead he will be asked to sit on a judg­ing panel of King’s staff to pick out next year’s win­ner.

This year Chris­tian’s bro­ken glass pat­tern took only 30 min­utes to draw, but he had been mulling over the idea for the last 12 months.

He said: “I had the idea when I won last year with a de­sign of ir­reg­u­lar, multi-coloured shapes and this year I just de­con­structed the orig­i­nal idea us­ing more white space to leave space around the num­ber so it could be clearly seen on the back.”

He added: “It mim­ics the way bro­ken glass spans out, but us­ing the idea on a rugby shirt.”

Chris­tian, 13, from Mac­cles­field has al­ready re­ceived na­tional ac­claim for his in­no­va­tive draw­ing, win­ning the pres­ti­gious Young Car­toon­ist of the Year Award in 2015 as­ton­ish­ingly in the un­der 18 cat­e­gory when he was aged only 12, a blue rib­bon tra­di­tional Fleet Street com­pe­ti­tion judged by the coun­try’s lead­ing na­tional news­pa­per satir­i­cal car­toon­ists.

His quirky hu­mor­ous take on life in Mac­cles­field have also been en­cour­aged by Arighi Bianch and a host of other lo­cal re­tail­ers in­clud­ing No Place Like Home, The Her­itage Cen­tre, Mac­cles­field’s Tourist Of­fice, The Jack Sev­ens Cafe and the Tegg’s Nose Tea­room with 17 dif­fer­ent de­signs for greet­ings cards, mugs and coast­ers for sale.

King’s Head of Rugby Giles Hether­ing­ton said: “Even though we had over 200 en­tries, the de­ci­sion was unan­i­mous. Chris­tian’s de­sign is in­no­va­tive and unique and car­ries on the King’s iden­tity he cre­ated last year for our spe­cial Sev­ens Shirt.”

Chris­tian, who would like to be an ar­chi­tect or an an­i­ma­tor, added: “It’s fine that I have been barred from en­ter­ing next year and I’m ac­tu­ally re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­com­ing a judge.”

Chris­tian Beeston with his win­ning de­sign

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