AN ARTIST commissioned to create a mural of famous rapper Drake has admitted she "didn't have a clue who he was at first".
Portrait painter Jane Indigo Moore was approached by a friend of the Canadian MC to produce the piece, which measures 3.5ft by 4.5ft, as a surprise gift.
But before getting started, she said she had to research the star, best known for his singles Started From The Bottom and Hold On, We're Going Home.
"I was sure I had heard of him," she said. "I did a search of him and in the end I realised he was quite well known.
"I was commissioned to do the painting by a guy from Manchester who said he needed some work for a celebrity friend.
"The shock wasn't so much who got in touch, but why he got in touch."
Jane, of West View Gardens, got to work in January using a few small pictures of Drake and his friends and family, and she slowly became familiar with his music.
"I have done a portrait for a family of five before, but this is the biggest portrait piece I've ever done. The only similar thing is when I was commissioned to paint a huge portrait of 2Pac [on the wall of one of his fans] and he played me some of his music.
"I think Drake has a similar style and I actually like some of his songs. I prefer the melodic stuff and there's a couple he's done with Rihanna which I like.
"I have learnt a lot more about him. He's clearly someone who inspires loyalty and he's loved dearly by everyone in the piece.
The canvas took two months to complete and, after being presented to the anonymous client in Manchester, the work was flown out to Drake's home in Los Angeles.
But Jane admitted the race was on to get it finished on deadline. "For the last month I was pretty much chained to the easel to make sure I got it finished in time for his UK tour in March. I hope when he's not too busy with touring I might get a bit of feedback."