Phil Mickelson for GOLF Magazine
I can finally share the art that I did for GOLF Magazine! It's out on stands now, page 87. This was a fun piece to work on. Since the article I was illustrating for was mostly about the crazy golf course "Whisper Rock", I chose to make the background just as important a character as Phil Mickelson.
The fun that I have while creating these pieces is in creating something that didn't exist before. I used references of Phil Mickelson, but created the expression by shooting photo references of myself as well as spending a good amount of time making faces in a mirror. The background is fictional as well. For the background, I read up a bit on the course and found out what makes it unique and different from other courses. I then gathered up some visual references of the course and then created my own version . . . a "caricature" of the course.
*Fun Fact* The golfer in the very back is my little brother Jeremy.
Detail of face.
Detail of hands. I feel that hands are just as important as the face . . . if you screw up the hands, the whole piece suffers. I spent about a day working on these hands.
I had so much fun working on the landscape of this piece. The A.D. said they wanted the green to be ridiculous and impossible for any golfer to play. So I thought it would be funny to make the green really small with difficult planes and on top of that, make it a cliff of sorts. It was also a lot of fun working on the rocks and plants. I spent a good day or so just painting the rocks and brush in the foreground. It was probably the most challenging part of the painting for me to work on.
This is my color sketch or mock, and the first thing I sent to the A.D. This is the part where I twiddle my thumbs for a bit and wait for an email or for my phone to ring . . . will the A.D. OK this or have me start over? Thankfully there wasn't any big changes needed.
This is a stage shortly after approval. You can see here that I did a lot of work on Phil's face.
Here's how the art looks in the layout of the magazine.
This was a thumbnail sketch that the A.D. sent to me before I started the job . . .