Gideon Summerfield is a 17-year-old art student who had big plans for 2012. The young creative set out to make a sketch for every day of the year, documenting the most newsworthy events with just a few pencils and paper. The last month of the year has finally come and Summerfield is here to say he kept his promise. The proof? Three hundred and sixty six hand-drawn illustrations depicting the most memorable moments of 2012.

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  • 01/01/12: Welcoming in the New Year, fireworks at Big Ben, Westminster, London. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 06/01/12: Aung San Saw Kyi, the Burmese democracy campaigner who met the British Foreign Secretary. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 20/01/12: David Hockney’s exhibition opens at The Royal Academy of Arts, London <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 17/02/12: Great Britain’s Women’s Cycling team break two records at the London Velodrome. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 19/02/12: Exhibition of Winston Churchill’s paintings from Morocco, opens at Leighton House in London. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 25/02/12: Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State who criticised China and Russia for opposing UN action against Syria. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 09/03/12: Paris Fashion Week. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 11/03/12: Joseph Kony, a warlord who uses child soldiers, wanted by the International Criminal Court. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 24/03/12: The comic actress Miranda Hart helps Sport Relief raise £50 million. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 05/04/12: Damien Hirst exhibition opens at London’s Tate Modern gallery. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 12/04/12: Hamid Karzai, Afghan President, on the day 18 are killed in a suicide attack in Herat, Helmand Province. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 20/04/12: Major fire in China. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 05/05/12: Blind Chinese human rights protestor Chen Guangcheng escapes house arrest. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 07/05/12: Claire Lomas completes the London Marathon, 17 days after the race began. She is paralysed from the chest down and used a robotic suit. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 14/05/12: The Dalai Lama says he will give the £ 1.1 million Templeton prize money to charity. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 03/06/12: Diamond Jubilee river pageant. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 08/06/12: Ukrainian Ambassador, Volodymr Khandogiy, accused the BBC of bias over claims about racism in the Ukraine. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 23/06/12: Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people in Norway, makes comments in court which lead to a walk out by relatives of the victims. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 12/07/12: Bora, a Turkish student at the School of Visual Art, Manhattan, New York. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 25/07/12: John Atta Mills, President of Ghana, died on July 24 aged 68. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 30/07/12: Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the Olympic cauldron. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 15/08/12: Charles Zentai, a former Hungarian soldier, now living in Australia, who is accused of murdering a Jewish teenager in 1944 in Budapest. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 16/08/12: The extraordinary Alhambra in Granada, Spain. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 21/08/12: Meles Zenawi, who has been the Prime Minister of Ethiopia for 21 years, dies at the age of 57. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 05/09/12: Frances O’Grady, first female leader of the Trades Union Congress. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 23/09/12: Ukrainian feminist Irina Shevchenko is teaching women in Paris how best to conduct human rights protests, topless. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 28/09/12: JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, has written a book for adults, titled ‘ The Casual Vacancy’. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 04/10/12: Chris Stevens, US Ambassador to Libya, is murdered in Benghazi. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 09/10/12: Tour de France champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, who used performance-enhancing drugs and will lose his sporting titles and be banned for life. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 15/10/12: Austrian Felix Baumgarter broke the sound barrier when he jumped from the edge of space, 24 miles to earth. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 04-07/11/12: Obama’s re-election. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 09/11/12: A statue of Noor Inayat Khan is unveiled in London. She was killed in WW2 after being sent to France to help the resistance. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 18/11/12: Xi Jinping appointed leader at the 18th Congress of China’s Communist Party. <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 02/12/12: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto formally takes office with a vow to restore peace and security <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 05/12/12: David Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer, who died aged 91 <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>

  • 14/12/12: Victoria Soto, 27, a teacher at Sandy Hook School, Newtown, Connecticut, USA, who was murdered by Adam Lanza, whilst trying to protect students <a href="http://gideonsummerfield.com/sketchaday.html">Gideon Summerfield</a>


Summerfield's sketches cover the biggest headlines in daily news, touching on everything from President Obama's election to Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee to the London Olympics. But on his website, the artist points out one significant moment that stood out to him. "I was particularly moved by the news of Claire Squires who died whilst running the London marathon... her tragic death prompted other runners and people around the UK to donate over $1.5 million to the Samaritans."

Scroll through the "Sketch a Day" series above, which can be seen in full here, and let us know what you think of the 2012 timeline in the comments sections.

h/t BBC News

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