Staff at Sainsbury’s store in Haywards Heath know their faces won’t be forgotten in a hurry if ever they leave.
On the wall of the staff canteen 38 of them have been captured in pen and ink in a series of drawings by colleague Paul Milton.
Textile designer Paul, 28, has been a member of staff at the Bannister Way store for 11 years and is a well-known face himself on the checkouts.
But when store manager Tim Maginnis learnt about Paul’s hidden talents, he asked him to do a series of drawings of his colleagues on a 2.5m by 1.5m board in the staff room.
Paul said: “I only started drawing in pen and ink recently but when the manager asked me if I was any good at drawing people I thought, well, I’ll have a go and we’ll find out.
“The people I have drawn have all sorts of different personalities which I have tried to capture as well as putting an element of motion in each picture. There are supervisors, managers, checkout workers, shop floor staff, male, female, young, old, all of whom were asked if they would like to take part in the project.”
Paul, who lives in Haywards Heath, started out by studying textiles at sixth form college in Haywards Heath as well as later at college in Lewes, Eastbourne and at Northbrook College in Worthing from where he now has a degree.
One of his specialities while he was at college was knitting including by hand, using a loom and by machine and he says that one of his knitting designs was based on the film, Predator and was bought by the fashion house, Vesace.
Paul describes one of the picture in his Sainsbury’s mural as of ‘Michael’, who he enjoyed drawing as he always had a new joke to tell.
Another drawing is of a tasting lady called ‘Signe’, who was very kind hearted, while a further one in the series is of ‘Trevor’, a member of staff who Paul described as ‘always helpful’.
He added: “My favourite picture is called ‘the Crying Man’ because this person was at a Christmas do and he looked a bit emotional.
“I have tried to capture real emotion in all the pictures and to get them interacting with each other on the board.”
Paul, who is often inspoired by his love of sci-fi, is a member of the Harth Art Group in Lindfield and welcomes commissions. He has a website at www.paulmilton.co.uk