A Ryedale mechanic who swapped his tools for crayons and started drawing hopes to raise £1,000 from the sales of his Christmas cards.

Rob Temple is gearing up for the launch of his annual fundraiser on Sunday (November 26) at a Christmas fair at the New Inn, in Cropton.

The 41-year-old from Kirkbymoorside started drawing two years ago.

Rob previously told the Gazette & Herald how he had not drawn since school, but soon got to grips with using crayons to produce artwork.

He has since created around 300 drawings and held exhibitions across Ryedale.

Rob’s last exhibition was at the New Inn in June for his birthday.

Gazette & Herald: Rob Temple at his art show for his 41st birthdayRob Temple at his art show for his 41st birthday (Image: Rob Temple)

Despite the exhibition being on the same day as the Malton Show, Rob said it managed to draw a decent crowd.

“It was very good,” he said. “There was a steady flow of people.”

Gazette & Herald: Rob's Christmas card designsRob's Christmas card designs (Image: Rob Temple)

Drawing is still a hobby for Rob, but he said he would love for it to become a bigger part of his life.

Rob works on his drawings when he’s not working as a mechanic at Cropton Garage, and says he produces five pieces of art per week.

Gazette & Herald: Rob is a mechanic at Cropton GarageRob is a mechanic at Cropton Garage (Image: Dylan Connell)

Last year his Christmas cards raised £1,000 for Ryedale Special Families, and he is hoping to do the same this year.

“I have set myself a target of £1,000 and that’s what I want to get,” Rob told the Gazette & Herald.

Gazette & Herald: Rob outside Cropton GarageRob outside Cropton Garage (Image: Dylan Connell)

The cards feature three festive designs, and all sales will go to the charity - helping it support families who have children and young adults with disabilities, illness and additional needs, throughout Ryedale.

On why he chose Ryedale Special Families, Rob said simply: “They’re a good local charity doing great things.”

Gazette & Herald: Rob Temple presenting the cheque to Rob Davies of RSF for last year's Christmas cards fundraiserRob Temple presenting the cheque to Rob Davies of RSF for last year's Christmas cards fundraiser (Image: Rob Temple)

After Rob raised the total last year, Ryedale Special Families’ funding co-ordinator, Rob Davies, said the charity was “indebted” to the artist for his efforts, and the money would go towards building a purpose-built facility in Pickering.

The funding co-ordinator wished Rob “a huge thanks for raising as much as he did”.

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For this year’s cards, the artist has ordered a starting batch of 50 of each card from a firm online but he is looking for a local printer.

“I’d like a local printer rather than one of the big boys,” Rob said.

The cards will be on sale at Cropton Garage. Rob is also hoping to work with local businesses to sell the cards and increase donations.

Anyone interested in working with Rob on the project is asked to contact him on Instagram (@robsdrawings82) or phone Cropton Garage (01751 417479).

Some of Rob’s work is currently on show at the New Inn.

For more information about the artist, visit: https://www.robsrandomdrawings.com/