A CHILDREN’S illustration has been given a new look for an exhibition.

The Snowman, first illustrated by Sussex resident Raymond Briggs, has been reimagined using hundreds of images from the public.

The “My Snowman” piece has been made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beloved children’s character.

The exhibit will run from today until January 6.

The artist, Helen Marshall, pictured, from St Leonard’s, said: “I have really enjoyed seeing everybody’s submissions roll in one by one for My Snowman.

The pictures as a whole reveal the full range of human emotion expressing love, loss and celebration which are the ultimate themes of The Snowman story.

“It’s been incredibly moving to see such varied photographs submitted alongside personal stories and family memories.”

As well as the standout piece, the exhibition showcases nine smaller illustrations, designed by the likes of Quentin Blake, Shirley Hughes and Brighton resident Chris Riddell.

Riddell’s piece shows him hugging The Snowman, a drawing which, for him, holds a special significance.

“I was very lucky to be taught by Raymond Briggs and have boasted about this fact for many years,” he said.

“The Snowman was a huge influence on me as an illustrator as was the insight and encouragement of the man who made him.”

Once the exhibition ends the smaller pieces will be auctioned off with all the money going the Chestnut Tree House, a charity which Raymond is a patron of.

The My Snowman exhibit runs until Sunday, January 6 at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

Brighton & Hove residents get in for freefree.

To bid on the drawings being auctioned. Visit www.fundraising.bid/mysnowman