Been planning to illustrate this incredible Denis Bergkamp goal (Newcastle v Arsenal 2002) for a while. Bit of a headache working out how to do it! Began with sketches, first Bergkamp back to goal, receiving the ball with Newcastle defender Dabizas close behind

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then the turn & swivel

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and finally the side foot finish past Newcastle keeper Shay Given

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Put the sketches together using arrows to link the action and let it flow from left to right

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Cheated a fair bit with perspective but needed to condense a lot of action. Moved on to colour, and added info strip along the base with match stats. Left side…

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and the right…

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and here’s the finished pic

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Began with pencil sketches as usual, of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in characteristic dribbling action, eyes up, left foot caressing the ball…

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also wanted to include a defender/opponent, so settled for this

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and combined the two in this low angle view with Messi framed by the defenders legs…

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Next thing was colours – idea was to stick mainly to Barca red & blue, and use yellow for contrast

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also keep the defender in grey so Messi is the focus

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and here’s finished pic

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Started off with a few sketches… first this side view of Zlatan’s unmistakeable profile

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then a front on goal celebration – a happy one rather than an aggressive one!

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moved on to a couple of action pics, shooting style first…

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and then one of those characteristic back heels.

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Now it was tim to put them together. Decided the main image would be the profile view, and arranged the rest around it, something like this…

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then moved on to colour, keeping to Man Utd red/black/white mainly

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here’s a couple of close ups

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Recently created illustration to accompany Scott Salter’s excellent article on Steve McClaren’s management career in THE FOOTBALL PINK. Began with a few silly face sketches…

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and worked them into this rollercoaster idea

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this bit highlights McClaren’s time in Holland with FC Twente, where he not only won the league, but also took on a Dutch accent!

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A couple of weeks later my copy of the FOOTBALL PINK magazine popped through the door…

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and here’s the McClaren pic

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Idea here was to focus on 10 Welsh football legends, being as they’re currently the top British football nation. Went back to the 1958 World Cup for the first two players, ‘Golden Boy’ Ivor Allchurch & ‘Gentle Giant’ John Charles

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next comes 1970’s Liverpool striker (and later Wales manager 2004-2010) John Toshack, fantastic Everton keeper Neville Southall, and Wales top goalscorer, Liverpool’s Ian Rush

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then we come to ‘Sparky’ Man Utd’s Mark Hughes (also Wales manager 1999-2004), Gary Speed (another Wales manager 2011), and Man Utd’s Ryan Giggs

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and finishing off with 2 stars from Euro 2016, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale & Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey

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These all began as pencil drawings before being arranged together and colour added

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Although from different eras, kitted out all the players in classic 1958 Wales jerseys to unify the group

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finally here’s the finished artwork…

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Overall not a great Euro 2016 tournament, but WalesGareth Bale was definitely a stand out player – this portrait began with a pencil drawing…

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then came the colour work. Simplified shapes & lines to create a strong dramatic expression…

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Chose red & green as the main colours – took a while to get the right shades

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bung in the text and the design is the finished! ( A few seconds to describe, many hours to draw! )

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Bit of old school pencil & pastel drawing here. There are hundreds of photos of England’s victorious 1966 world cup winners, but none with all eleven in the same picture, so I decided to put that right in this illustration.

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So from left to right, we have Nobby Stiles (Man Utd) with gap toothed grin, Jack Charlton (Leeds Utd) standing tall, keeper Gordon Banks (Leicester), then probably England’s best player that day, midfielder Alan Ball (Blackpool), and striker Roger Hunt (Liverpool)…

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moving on, hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst (West Ham), captain Bobby Moore (West Ham), and left back Ray Wilson (Everton)…

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then midfielder Martin Peters (West Ham), right back George Cohen (Fulham), and finally an exhausted looking Bobby Charlton (Man Utd). Paid special attention to the players expressions, as I wanted them to look like they’d all played for 120 gruelling minutes on a hot summer’s day!

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Last thing was to add the mono-chrome background, with  Wembley’s iconic twin towers either side of Bobby Moore. Here’s how the finished picture looks framed up.

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