Sports Illustration | Illustrating the Sports World

Here are some highlights of my sports illustration collection. I’ve been asked to create graphic illustrations of sports figures many times, so this is a very small sampling of this work.

Baseball Sports Illustration

“Play Ball!” Yes, it’s Baseball Season once again, and I have a couple of classic poses for you:

Here’s the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, taking a swing.

Miguel Cabrera

Baseball Sports Illustration | Miguel

Next up: Joey Votto, of the Cincinnati Reds, maintaining order on First Base:

Joey Votto

Baseball Sports Illustration | Votto

ESPN Sports Illustration

These two Illustrations were done for ESPN.

Leaning towards Europe, I produced a couple of full-page illustrations for EUROMAN magazine. These were a ton of fun to draw. I like to think I gave these a bit of extra ‘punch’ in interpreting the photo-reference I received. EUROMAN is published in Sweden, and here are two Swedes that are making waves across the world.

Mikkel Hansen

Handball Sports Illustration | Mikkel Hansen

Mikkel Hansen is making the play for the Borges Team, part of Football Club Barcelona, or FCB. Despite the league name, I believe he’s playing Handball here.

Janik Hansen

Hockey Sports Illustration | Janik Hansen

Skating for the Vancouver Canucks, Janik Hansen is getting ready to score!

WSJ Sports Illustration

Lastly, here are two of my illustrations out of the pages of The Wall Street Journal, where I headed the illustration team of staff artists. Aside from the production of those distinctive WSJ hedcut portraits, we were also called on to produce more colorful images for publication.

volleyball player

Volleyball Sports Illustration

Here’s a dynamic shot of a volleyball player, I’m guessing a star of the U.S. Olympic Team. In this drawing, I took pains to emphasize the depth-of-field of the image, contrasting the sharp clarity of the figure against a blurred background. It was great that The Journal of those years allowed us the liberty and luxury to create beautiful artworks on a daily basis.

Weight-lifter

Weight Lifting Sports Illustration

Again, a richly-detailed illustration of a weight-lifter, which, I believe, I allowed myself a full workday to create.

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