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Recently finished a cracking commission from the guys at Pro:Direct – a Roberto Baggio illustrated comic, to help launch Diadora’s new Baggio ‘Matchwinner’ football boots. Began with a dramatic front cover of Roberto in classic Azzurri colours…

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Inside was a double page spread featuring Roberto’s many career highlights, including Ballon D’Or 1993…

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Serie A champions with Juve 1994/95 & Milan 1995/96…

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Here’s full spread…

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and the back page detailed Roberto coming to the Pro:Direct flagship store LDN19 in London to launch the new boots…

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Brilliant job, & I loved doing it, but that was only half of it, because my wife & I were also invited to the launch event. There were printed copies of Baggio comics all round the store…

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the in-store graphics & interactive touch screens were also based on the comic illustrations…

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Football Italia TV presenter James Richardson hosted an entertaining Q & A session in front of a packed out audience…

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and then the best bit, I got to present the man himself with a framed print – which he graciously accepted – whether he actually liked it or not!

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Had a fantastic time from start to finish, with massive thanks to Scott & Ned at Pro:Direct

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This drawing tells the story of the greatest day in Coventry City’s history, when the Sky Blues beat Tottenham Hotspur, in the 1987 Wembley FA Cup Final. The headline was inspired by the Coventry Cup Final Song, not bad as footy songs go I reckon! (Thanks to Covonthebox!)

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Story begins with manager John Sillet leading the Sky Blues out at Wembley. Despite Spurs being hot favourites, boasting Glenn Hoddle, Chris Waddle & Ossie Ardiles in their side, Coventry ran out well deserved winners, 3-2 after extra time. Action concentrates on the 3 Coventry goals, beginning with Dave Bennett, scorer of the first equaliser top right…

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moving on to Keith Houchen’s iconic diving header, one of Wembley’s most spectacular FA Cup goals, which levelled the score at 2-2…

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followed by Gary Mabbutt’s own goal in extra time. Final frame shows triumphant Sky Blues skipper Brian Kilcline lifting the famous old trophy, flanked by Cyrille Regis & keeper Steve Ogrizovic.

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** The finished drawing is available as an Art Print (from A5 to A2 size) at my PRINTSHOP

On This Day artwork in the Wembley matchday programme for tomorrow’s England v Lithuania World Cup qualifier (Sunday 26 March). OTD feature goes back to Spain v England in 1980. England captain was Kevin Keegan (a Hamburg player at that time), he’d just collected his second Ballon D’Or, and was wearing his bubble perm…

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England striker Tony Woodcock (Cologne then) scored the three lions’ first goal after a long solo run…

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and his ex-colleague at Nottingham Forest, Trevor Francis, fired in the second…

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Here’s the finished page…

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Good luck to Gareth Southgate’s boys on Sunday!

 

Here’s artwork from the ‘Road to Wembley’ illustrated feature in the 2016 Capital One Cup Final – Liverpool v Man City. Skrtel & Yaya on first page…capital1a

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Klopp & Pellegrini on second spread…

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full spread…

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Guys at Third Quarter Media dropped the text into the empty panels…

Here’s a preview of some of the comic book style illustrations in the official Matchday Programme for the upcoming England v Estonia Euro-qualifier at Wembley on Oct 9th. The ‘On This Day’ history page describes an England v Poland World Cup Qualifier from October 1996. England’s star man that night was Newcastle number 9 Alan Shearer

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He was England captain for the first time, and scored 2 goals, the first a header…

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and the second a blistering shot from 20 yards…

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It was a tight game, and it took a fantastic fingertip save from Arsenal keeper David Seaman to ensure an 2-1 England victory…

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Here’s a close up of the finished artwork, with all the figures, backgrounds & text panels in place

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and finally the complete page

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I thought the ALEXIS SANCHEZ goal celebration from the ARSENAL Cup Final Storyboard might work as a single image, so here it is with a few extra tweaks and splatters…

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added this FA Cup motif to show the final result…

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and here’s the finished design. A mixture of comic book and pop art styles. Plenty of red, blue & yellow – primary colours usually make a nice strong image…

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