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This Quadriplegic Artist Creates Impressive Portraits Of Athletes With His Mouth

Henry Fraser won't let quadriplegia suppress his creative spirit. He's gained social media fame by sketching and painting athletes, celebrities and Harry Potter using only his mouth.

That all changed one day while he was enjoying a vacation with friends in Portugal, when he dived into shallow surf and dislocated his neck. Now Henry is paralyzed from the shoulders down and gets around in a wheelchair.

The 23-year-old Fraser told The Huffington Post he lives at home with his parents and spends his time working as a motivational speaker and attending physiotherapy appointments.

He'd studied art in school, but didn't come back to drawing until this year. In January, Fraser was sick in bed, and bored of lying around. He began idly sketching with the @draw app on his iPad, using his stylus.

His very first iPad drawing was of British rugby legend Johnny Wilkinson. He tweeted a photo of the drawing, and Wilkinson tweeted back, "That is phenomenal, Henry. I love it."

Next, Fraser started painting and drawing with watercolors and pencil. He uses a mouth-held stick, as seen below.

“Sport has been a huge part of my life for really, my whole life," he says. That's what motivates him to draw so many athletes, including David Beckham, Usain Bolt and Manny Pacquiao.

Many of the people he sketches reach out to him once the picture is posted.

“I’ve got responses actually off all the people I’ve drawn," Fraser says. “These are people with millions of followers, and for them to take the time to do it is pretty awesome.”

Fraser's also struck up a correspondence with J.K. Rowling over Twitter. She retweeted this drawing of Harry Potter with "Wow!"

Rowling also leapt to his defense when Fraser posted an email from an unknown girl called Laura that said, "I can't believe how stupid you are -- you deserve to not be able to use your arms and legs." "

Now art is a regular part of Fraser's day-to-day life. He says he tries to do two paintings a week, and that each takes four to five hours. Drawings take longer.

Fraser says he's putting together a collection for an October exhibition at Dulwich College. Original paintings, drawings and a limited number of prints will be sold to raise money for his trust.

"Very weirdly, if I didn’t have my illness at the beginning of the year I wouldn’t be doing any of this right now," Fraser told The Huffington Post. "It’s been a bit of a godsend.”

Be inspired by his drawings of Gordon Ramsay, David Beckham and Floyd Mayweather below.

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