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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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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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** FOOTBALL PINK Magazine available HERE!

Here’s some pics from the ‘On This Day’ illustration in today’s Matchday Programme ahead of the England v Turkey game this evening… Date in question is 22 May 1974 when England drew 2-2 with Argentina. First up England’s caretaker manager ‘genial’ Joe Mercer…

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then first England goal scorer Mick Channon

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followed by 2nd goal scorer, the legendary Frank Worthington

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Argentina’s goals were both provided by Mario Kempes, the first after England keeper Shilton failed to deal with a low cross…

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and then a controversial last minute penalty

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Here’s the finished page…

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These are sketches for the ‘On This Day‘ feature in the FA Cup Semi-final Programme for the Villa v Liverpool game at Wembley tomorrow.

The day in question is 19 April 1913, when Aston Villa played Sunderland in the FA Cup Final. The game was played at the old Crystal Palace Stadium in south London, in front of a huge crowd numbering 121,919.

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Villa’s Charlie Wallace missed a penalty, the first time time that had happened in an FA Cup Final..

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Villa did eventually win the game 1-0, and captain Joe Bache collected the cup

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This is the finished page as it appears in the programme.

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These are preparatory sketches for a ‘On this Day’ feature in tomorrow’s Arsenal v Reading FA Cup Semi-final matchday programme at Wembley.

So, on 18 April 1903 Bury won the FA Cup, beating Derby 6-0. This is Bury captain George Ross with the cup – an earlier version than the current trophy.

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One of Bury’s scorers was England striker Charlie Sagar…sagar1903

and this action pic shows him colliding with Derby keeper Jack Fryer, who was forced to leave the pitch after 65 mins.

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Here’s the finished page as it appears in the programme. The game was played at the old Crystal Palace Stadium in south London (Currently home to the National Sports Centre)

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Official Liverpool Steven Gerrard tribute magazine all printed up now. My bit was illustrating the ‘The Steven Gerrard Story‘ in comic book style – (a great idea from magazine editor Garry Hayes)

The feature is a sort of magazine within a magazine. So there was a cover image (below right)…

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and then 3 double page spreads, illustrating memorable moments in Stevie G’s Liverpool and England career. First spread features Gerrard’s early years, and a variety of haircuts…

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next one highlights Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League, and 2006 FA Cup victories…

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and the final spread finishes with Stevie waving goodbye to Anfield and moving on to LA Galaxy.

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Magazine out now in all good newsagent!

Just finished a new project, a Steven Gerrard picture story to commemorate his Liverpool career. These are just a few of the many sketches, before doing the colour work. So here’s little Stevie…

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then showing off the Uefa Cup in 2001 (Liverpool beat Alaves 5-4)

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sg1It’ll all become clear when I post up the finished artwork, soon as I’ve checked with the publisher