THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
Brian Laudrup - Effortless
Whenever I think of Danish football I think of the Laudrups and the classic Denmark kit from 1986. Despite not wearing that distinctive half pin stripe number in 1998, Brian Laudrup still took centre stage scoring a great goal against Brazil before rounding it off with an iconic celebration.
I really couldn’t decide between the two icons to be honest i.e. the strip or the celebration, so decided to use both. There was always an effortless grace about Laudrup’s play, some people describing him as almost balletic, I wanted to emphasise this by incorporating his laid back pose and some literal typography.
Lionel Messi - The 'Atomic' Flea

Like so many defenders before me, I found the task of capturing Lionel Messi nigh on impossible. I knew I wanted to depict the Mini Maestro but deciding how to sum him up in a single image began to look like a bridge too far.

Messi’s nickname The ‘Atomic’ Flea had seemed like the perfect subject matter. However, with only a limited knowledge of physics (Grade: C) I didn’t really fancy my chances.
I could not believe my luck then, when I finally discovered the Buckminsterfullerene molecule, which (as you can see) looks almost identical to a football. After I’d added Messi’s South American nickname and the Barcelona colours it finally gave the piece the kind of balance I had originally been looking for.

Jinky Johnstone - Lord Of The Wing

This particular piece had been on hold since October of last year. I originally intended to do it after receiving a request from a Celtic fan to do a Jinky Johnstone tribute. Instead i went off on a bit of a tangent and ended up doing the Lisbon Lions illustration that is currently sitting in my online gallery. Whilst the feedback for the Lions piece was good, i still had a nagging feeling that I had unfinished business as far as Jinky was concerned.

I’m not sure this one requires much explanation really, essentially i wanted to single him out from the rest of the team but also show them as a unit. Hopefully the route i’ve gone down achieves both those aims.
Dennis Bergkamp - The Iceman
I spent what seemed like ages trying to come up with a Non-Flying Dutchman illustration, but soon realised it relied too heavily on peoples knowledge of trains.
The fact the original Flying Dutchman was also a ghost ship just made the whole concept confusing. It was at that point a friend of mine suggested i try Bergkamp’s other nickname whislt at Aresnal i.e. “The Iceman”. That concept seemed to work much better for me and I immediately went for a ‘Top Gun’ reference.
I’m pretty pleased with the final outcome, espeically as there is still an ironic aviation theme running through it.


Sepp Maier - The Cat From Anzig
I came up with the idea for this one (cat kills bird etc) before deciding which goalkeeper to attribute it to. So I ended up being quite torn between Sepp Maier and Peter Bonetti.
I decided to give the final nod to Sepp, mainly because ‘The Cat from Anzig’ (his nickname) sounds just that bit cooler than ‘The Cat’ (Bonetti’s monicker).
I wish I had a better explanation for the choice but I don’t.


THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

A selection of football inspired illustrations as seen on my website http://miniboro.com
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