ESPN Magazine – Portraits

Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady

I will attempt to contain my excitement while writing this post but if you know me then you know that working for ESPN, The Magazine, has been a dream client of mine for as long as I’ve been an illustrator.

The first issues I ever bought came when Michael Jordan was in his last year as a Chicago Bull. I remember one issue chronicled Jordan’s playing career and his impact on the game, illustrating the article with full page art by some great illustrators. I forgot about that issue for a few years until I was in school for illustration. I remember mentioning it to one of my teachers who replied, “I should have been in that issue!”

Then not too long ago while living in Brooklyn, I was living half a block away from Walgreen’s. Every week or two I’d check in to see if they had a new issue of ESPN and I’d flip through to see what illustrators has work in the issue.

It is definitely a career highlight, one name marked off on my Dream Client List and one of my favorite assignments of 2012.

So, here are a few portraits I worked on for them of some former sports stars. I was asked to portray them during specific times in their careers (and not smiling).

Ray Guy, Eric Lindros, Don Sutton and Joe Namath

Ray Guy, Eric Lindros, Don Sutton and Joe Namath

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