Everyone has a list of things they love to do in Summer, right? Particularly in August. It's usually the hottest month. Usually you can also feel the Summer slip sliding away at that point, which makes you want to go out and do even crazier things to get your fill. I'm no different, really. Except I'm an illustrator, which makes me a lot different.
Every August, one of my favorite things to do is work on illustrations for "Lindy's Sports Annual" (the college basketball edition). This may not sound like fun to you, but believe me, to my illustrator's heart, this is a swimming pool full of kittens and jello.
One of this year's stories had to do with the high rate at which players are transferring from one school to another. I was asked to draw a basketball player with tattoos of various colleges/team names that were then crossed out and replaced by others.
The other story I was asked to illustrate had to do with Bruce Pearl and Kelvin Sampson who are both returning to coaching after recent suspensions. Pearl and Sampson are both known for their on-court histrionics, which made them extremely fun to caricature. They also both have good features for caricaturing, which helped.
Here's the sketch:
These were really, really satisfying to draw.