This was a total dream job from a little while back that I just kept forgetting to post. I was contacted to illustrate a drawing of NBA superstar Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder for a Nike t-shirt. The idea was to show him as an old school weather man, nice plaid jacket matched with basketball shorts, pointing at a map of the United States indicating some of the cities he’ll play where he’ll make it rain jump shots, make some buckets, etc… Kind of a silly idea, but it was a fun project. It took a while from the final to the actual production of the shirt and I think it looks pretty great.
I grew up wearing a lot of illustrated basketball t-shirts so this was always something I hoped to do one day.
They might be hard to track down at a sports store but if you want to own one I managed to find a couple new ones on eBay.
I’ve had a lot of fun this year working on some sports illustrations. The first three you see are for ESPN. I was asked to look at footage of Cam Newton’s touchdown dance celebrations and illustrate the major steps for each dance so they could animate the drawings. It was a fun challenge to break down each dance to its most important poses and then recreate them myself to use for reference.
I also illustrated a rather large infographic for Connected Rogers, illustrating stats and facts for this year’s NBA All-Star game in Toronto. I’m looking forward to seeing it!
I was contacted late last year to work on a few illustrations for the second issue of Grantland Quarterly, published by McSweeney’s and edited by Bill Simmons (The Sports Guy). As most of you know I’m a basketball fan, but the chance to draw anything for a sports book was an exciting opportunity.
There were a couple stories about Al Davis, the late great coach and GM of the Los Angeles Raiders, that they wanted me to illustrate. One was written by Chuck Klosterman, the others by Peter Richmond and Chris Brown.
As it tends to happen in publishing, two of the Al Davis stories were dropped so those illustrations won’t appear in the issue, but I was asked to illustrate another piece about college football and some portraits of some college football players.
These were great to work on and I’m looking forward to seeing them in the book. I recently completed another full page illustration for Grantland Quarterly issue 3, due out in June. Here’s a look at the cover of the second issue.