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Jody Craddock is a master of football - and art
Jody Craddock
Craddock usually paints for several hours a night

Many Wolves fans would agree that stalwart Jody Craddock is a master of the art of defence.

But when Craddock, 34, gets home from training he works on his other talent - painting canvasses of famous sportsmen.

Now the veteran footballer is brushing up for a career outside of the game by showcasing his skills as an artist, at Birmingham's NEC.

"I've always painted since school and it helps me get away from the stresses of football," says Craddock.

Craddock, who hails from Redditch, has been a fans' favourite ever since his £1.7 million move from Sunderland in August 2003.

Jody Craddock

He has a studio at home and specialises in oil paintings. He paints from photographs and on average they take him 15 to 20 hours to complete.

Goal celebrations

Several of his team-mates, including manager Mick McCarthy, have bought his work, although he has kept his paintings of Pele and Ricky Hatton for himself after getting them signed.

"I started out doing pencil drawings from a young age and it progressed from there.

"When I joined Sunderland I could afford to spend money on canvasses and oils and that's when I started to progress more.

"I taught myself to paint with oils and that's what I use because that's what suits my style of painting.

"I draw from photos because they're capturing split seconds in time, such as goal celebrations, and that's what I can relate to."

Commissions

Craddock adds that he wants to concentrate on painting when his playing career ends.

He has also set up his own company to sell prints of his work, and also takes commissions for paintings, which cost around £500.

Wolves team picture
Craddock's championship presentation painting is a popular print

His work is being displayed at the Spring Fair International at Birmingham's NEC.




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