Friday 31 October 2014

Pictures: Football Legends Artwork


John Barnes - Goal Digger

'Originally I wanted to try and work Barnes nickname 'Digger' into the main illustration itself. However, after various illustrations of JCBs (John Charles Barnes) and caterpillar tracks churning up the touchline I felt that a minimal approach would probably be better.

'So instead I opted for a play on words as part of the title and a traditional portrait of the man himself.'

John Barnes, goal-scoring Kop favourite of the 80s and 90s
Eric Cantona, Old Trafford cult hero, credited with being the missing piece in the jigsaw that helped Manchester United embark on an era of Premier League dominance

Steve Welsh, a 38-year-old artist, has become a sensation among football fans for his Warholesque poster prints of iconic footballers. His work has received praise from subjects such as Edgar Davids, and US football club New York Cosmos (for his Eric Cantona piece). The illustrations have also been featured in football magazine Four Four Two, lads’ mag FHM and numerous sports blogs. A full archive of Steve’s work is available on his website . Prints of Steve's artwork can be purchased here

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