I've said it before. Not a Jordan fan. But why such an effort in illustrating Michael Jordan? Well MJ is the greatest of all time—the GOAT if you will—in basketball. And PERHAPS in all of sports and athletes. But there is just something in his moves that is just plain... art.
Here's my update for this project. Improved some shading, hatching, etc. I got 25 portraits now, 25 more.
I recently came across Nintendo's Jump Rope Challenge game on Switch. It's weird. And undeniably fun. It's just simple, you jump rope everyday and see your daily stats. But its cuteness really carried the appeal, in my opinion.
Ballin' with Bamba is a Youtube channel about NBA and has many NBA documentaries in Japanese. All previous videos have English subs, while the Larry Bird and Michael Jordan feature have a separate English version.
The past posts, I illustrated Slam Dunk characters in NBA uniforms as how Takehiko Inoue must have imagined them. Shohoku representing Bulls, Kainan for Lakers, Sannoh for Magic. Here, I'm back with my own fictional universe of NBA X Slam Dunk, as my original post.
Just a little breaker from our usual balling illustrations. One Piece X Street Fighter! Crossing over two of my most favorite franchises yeat again!
When Kobe died, I couldn't take it. All of us, couldn't believe it. But that's just life, and maybe, that's just what death is too. But Kobe Bryant, he and his winning shots, he and his devastating dunks, it would echo for the whole time he represented. He just wouldn't let anyone outshine him on his watch. He just wouldn't let anyone hold him down for long. His Mamba Mentality created a generation of winners. His life was truly a legendary story.
Shaquile O'Neal was the most dominant big man of his time. He was quick, strong and wise and those can be seen in his stats—points, rebounds, blocks. This portrait was the Orlando Magic Shaq—the young Shaq that despite his tremendous power, was still working his way up the steps of NBA greatness. A rookie with crazy potential. A young man destined for the Hall of Fame. He didn't disappoint.
Great court vision. Fantastic facilitator. Sensational scoring machine. Penny will always be one of my greatest "what ifs" in NBA history.
Grant Hill. He was sensational. Good handles. Scoring machine. Good defender. He was known as Mr. Nice Guy, yet as tough when it really counted. In the time of MJ's absence, Grant Hill was seen as his successor—some in the media actually believed he could have been better than MJ. Tough statement to make.
Before Steph Curry, there was the legendary trash-talking three-point sharp shooter Reggie Miller. He made impossible shots and won seemingly impossible games. Truly, a legend from the '90s.
The first set I did was my personal fiction. What would happen if the Slam Dunk characters went pro—or more specifically were drafted in the NBA? What team would best suit them? That was my take. This time, we thought of how Mr. Takehiko Inoue must have imagined the players and the teams.