Preston’s mystery doodle artist is revealed

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The artist behind a mysterious doodle left at a Preston bar has been found.

Emma Reynolds was out for a quiet birthday drink with a colleague at Yates’s, on Church Street, when she found herself absentmindedly doodling a Minion character from the film Despicable Me on a paper napkin.

Drawing attenton: Emma Reynolds with some of her works

Drawing attenton: Emma Reynolds with some of her works

Not thinking anything of it, the 21-year-old left the picture where it was, but the next day she found out people across social media networks were looking for her to praise her artistry.

Emma, from Leyland, said: “My friend woke me up on Sunday morning with a text saying ‘check your Facebook... you’re famous!’

“I was really confused, so when I saw the posts about the doodle I was blown away with how the reaction to it had got so big.

“I had only left it because it really was just that – a doodle -–I didn’t think anything would come of it at the time.”

Some of Emma Reynolds' work

Some of Emma Reynolds' work

The Lancashire County Council worker has now been asked back to the bar to add some festive artwork to their mirrors.

Emma said: “I’ve been doodling for as long as I can remember and have always loved art. I must have really peeved off my school teachers because I was constantly drawing in my notebooks.

“My family have always been very artistic so I guess that’s where I have 
inherited it from.”

Emma hasn’t left any mystery doodles anywhere else, “not yet,” she says.

“I did consider staying anonymous, but what the heck, it’s not like I’m Banksy or anything, and where is the fun in that?!”

Yates’s manager Ben Harvey said: “I saw what Emma had done and thought if someone can do that without much effort they must be really good, so I asked her to come and do some festive Minions.

“Her drawings should be seen by more people, they’re really good.”