The fourth issue of the incredible (and SPD-award-winning) Victory Journal was released this fall, and I'm proud to be a part of it again. The new issue focuses on the life and times of Muhammad Ali, and my contribution is an illustrated reprint of a classic Tom Wolfe story about Cassius Clay, titled "The Marvelous Mouth."
The full tale of how this project actually came to be is too long to get into here, but I'm very grateful to my editor Chris Isenberg for sending my work to Mr. Wolfe, to Mr. Wolfe for giving me the permission to do this, and to Doubleday & Cartwright designer Aaron Amaro for working with me on the layouts. It's a rare enough opportunity to be thrown the keys to design a feature in a publication like Victory, let alone for a classic piece of sports-journalism like this. It was really, really fun to put together. I still can't believe it happened.
For a copy of the issue #4, and to read what it was like to spend an evening out in New York with a young Cassius Clay (you won't be disappointed,) head over to the No Mas webstore or to your local Ace Hotel.
After 3 months of working in secret, I'm proud to announce that I'm a contributor of animation and title sequences to the new 30 for 30 documentary about Bo Jackson(!), premiering this saturday on ESPN (9pm EST.) The trailer hints at the film's epic feel, but it was especially satisfying to find out how down to earth and humble he's been off the field too. The guy is way more counterculture than I ever could've expected.
I'll put up way more stuff after the premier- hope you all enjoy it!
This summer, I was approached by NIKE and Wieden+Kennedy to animate an ad celebrating the 20th anniversary of 1992 Dream Team. The ad was released with a commemorative jacket before the Olympics, and features players from the 1992 and 2012 US Men's basketball teams.
I'm very grateful to have worked with a team of no-grind-no-shine warriors from Doubleday & Cartwright to make this project a reality. Jeremy Johnstone (editor, lead animator,) Steve Halker (animation assistant,) Kyle Stecker (animation assistant,) and the always-awesome Chris Isenberg (production manager) all went deep on this, and it was a real privilege to Voltron it up with such a talented crew. Viiiibes, gentlemen.
Here are some still from the video. USA! USA!