Jack Wilshere signing my print of him :) #wilshere #afc #gunners #gooners
BVB v AFC
I always really admire the type of football art that uses a lot of typography. Tumblr is full of interesting use of layouts and composition and I think it’s somewhere my work falls down. I’ve been trying to make my pieces more current and also I am trying to bring my drawings, use of gifs and fledgling hand lettering skills into one piece of work. I think I’m finally hitting on a formula with this. This is a trial run though. Anyways, hope you enjoy it :)
I used a photo from the incomparable Ryu Voelkel as a reference. Check his site here: Ryusha.com
LAST PRINT AUCTION FOR A GOOD CAUSE
This post is for the last print of my limited edition poster, ‘Invincibles’. I designed this to commemorate the unstoppable Arsenal team of the 03-04 season. Including games on either ends of the season before and after they went a total of 49 league games unbeaten.
This print initially went on sale a year ago and 48 of them sold out within 6 hours. I thought I had moved all on but this last one turned up when cleaning my studio. Great effort was put into getting each players stance and personality just right. If they had a unique accessory or physical trait it’s represented here; from Vieira’s vick smattered on his chest to Henry’s knee high socks.
Professionally printed on 160 gram paper perfect for framing or wall mounting.
Comes in a mailing tube, by registered mail.
MESUT OZIL, GOAL ARCHITECT
Ozil is a hard subject to approach, for me at least, as he commands your attention in a very specific way, his assists and his eyes. He is a very distinctive looking person and there is no getting away from that. To do a portrait is to tackle his eyes. To do a full body rendering is to do the same albeit to a lesser extent.
Over the last few weeks I have been sketching out rough ideas for what I could concentrate on, from his posture to his portrait. In chatting to some knowledgable people on Twitter I started to see him as a form of football engineer. When I mentioned this phrase to someone they agreed but said he was more of an architect. This image was quite inspiring.
The path it put me on lead to me taking a step back and re-evaluating what an assist actually was, a creative instinct that moments before was just a thought in someones mind, or a blueprint if you will.
I am happy that I have managed to cohesively illustrate the creation of an assist and tracked it right through to it hitting the net. This specific goal embodies Ozil’s signature as once it crosses the line it becomes an O with an umlaut above it, almost as if he is signing the piece of art he has just made.
This is now available as a print from my shop, just click this link to see it.
Aaron Ramsey has really hit a serious bit of form and I’m delighted. That injury he had was horrendous and it shows great strength to come back from it. Fairplay!
Me too son
Football can make you feel like a kid again :)
Sketching Ozil #ozil #afc #gunners #gooners #football #wenger #soccer #illustration
Mesut Ozil is at once a living artefact of football high art and the embodiment of a new hope in the leadership of Arsene Wenger. I cannot recall a player arriving to Engish shores in such an impenetrable mist of expectation. There’s a view of Ozil as some form of footballing avatar crossing an intangible boundary between the exotic and beguiling corners of tippy tappy football that Europe secrets away and the grey, cold light of day realism the Premier League offers.
Amongst the striding tree trunk legs, churning up the grass, we see a slight of stature man reminiscent of a day dreaming chameleon with a sun tan. I can imagine a crowd gathered around his flight at Heathrow waiting to cheer his emergence from the plane only to recoil in shock as he emerges on all fours upside down like a Germano/Turk spiderman. He proceeds to the planes roof, eyes googling all directions and no direction at once. The crowd cannot fathom this roving sticky handed footballing perversion, they systematically lose their minds and fall to the ground in a head holding scream / puke-a-thon. How long will it take Gareth Barry for his mind to melt and run from his ears when facing him for the first time?
Ozil is going to set up an entire seasons quota of goals in one game. Ozil is going to win the Balon D’Or in his first game. Ozil is going to win the Tour de France. Ozil is going to punch Chuck Lidell in the face. Ozil is going to defeat the green goblin once and for all. Ozil, Ozil, Ozil.
The must have print set for any Arsenal fan #afc #gunners #gooners #bergkamp #henry ON SALE FRIDAY