State of the Black Athlete.
I am honored to be a part of this topic and was able to use my art as a voice on this touchy subject. The art direction was open and clear: create work to reflect how you feel about the topic. Originally, this assignment was for ESPN the Magazine, but it grew legs and morphed into a digital poster project for The Undefeated. The Undefeated is the premier platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture.
Coming up with an idea was no easy task. I wanted to avoid fists, kneeling and NFL protests. I felt the other artists would flock towards these topics. So, what was left? I got it! Shut up and play. (Preface: The concept was executed months before the recent situation involving the lady from that news network and LeBron James and Kevin Durant.)
Here are a few behind-scene-how-you-did-that-process shots:
Above are two concept sketches submitted to ESPN. Ultimately, the second sketch was chosen. Time to execute!
Above are a few stages in Adobe Illustrator Draw CC via my iPad Pro 12.9 (v2).
Last, gradients and other refinements were made in Adobe Illustrator. All I did was export the .draw file directly from Adobe Illustrator Draw CC using the share menu.
Thanks for viewing!