Photos show a unique tribute to the Queen by a Shoreham artist

Robb Banks, 53, was walking on Shoreham beach on Saturday when he came across a piece of squid.

He decided to use his artistic talent and carve the queen’s profile into the shell using only a seagull feather.

Robb said he thought “everyone has a mini portrait of the Queen in their pocket” and used a 10p piece as a reference for the artwork.

He said: “I practically live on the beach and spend a lot of time there, there are always squid there.

The Argus: Photo: Robb BanksPhoto: Robb Banks

“I’ve done a similar carving before, I carved the royal pavilion into one a while ago.

“On Saturday I took one and was obviously thinking of the Queen, like everyone I just thought, everyone has a mini portrait of the Queen in their pocket.

“So I took out a tenpence coin and carved the picture on it.

“I used a seagull feather, the shell is remarkably soft and easily scratched.

“It only took about ten minutes.”

The Argus: Photo: Robb BanksPhoto: Robb Banks

After he finished carving, Robb began photographing his creation and later realized he had also photographed a beautiful purple sunset.

“I was just like wow because obviously it’s the Platinum Jubilee color and it seemed very appropriate,” he added.

Robb first got the idea of ​​carving squid when he was shown a market stall in France selling the shells.

The father-of-three said: “I was like, ‘Oh I never thought you could do that’ and I tried, it was years ago.

“It was quite interesting to carve. Brushing off the excess scraping gives it extra detail. I just used the gull feather. They hold up really well if you keep them indoors, the Pavilion still looks great.”

The Argus: Photo: Robb BanksPhoto: Robb Banks

Robb works for a company that makes interiors and specializes in window treatments so he can design some for clients.

He trained at the art school and in his free time made paintings and sculptures as well as photography.

Much to his wife’s annoyance, Robb has never sold a play but is frequently encouraged to do so.

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