Back in 1993, I created a series of three sports-related portraits for a Modelo Beer billboard campaign. (I wrote about another drawing in the series a while back, and you can check out that posting here.) For the Soccer (Football) player, I asked my buddy, Phil to throw on soccer garb and pose. He actually struck a balletic position for my reference photos – upright with his arms stretched above him. It was easy enough to simply turn him sideways as I drew. I rendered the ball separately and pasted it in place…with paste (we’re talking twenty years ago, folks).
I remember just loving the challenge of creating the intricate textures of his gloves and waistband in my pen & ink stippling technique, something I’m not quite sure I’d have the patience for today.