Drawing Blood is based on the life of the Aberdeenshire artist, James McBey. Born in 1883, the illegitimate son of Annie Gillespie, he was brought up in the most deprived circumstances. His mother, Annie, went blind and she turned her anger and disappointment on Jimmy.
Her corrosive misery destroyed everything around her. But her son’s suffering is transformed by his art. It is what saves him – that and a final devastating act of destruction by his mother.