The young Kobe Bryant was something. You gotta give him credit for his heart. His courage. A brave young man. But man, I hated him. There were times he was throwing airballs. There were times he wasn’t passing and making selfish decisions. I loved Eddie Jones. I loved Nick Van Exel. But Kobe wasn’t passing, he had to drive and dunk it on someone else because he had to be a legend NOW!
Here's my update for this project. Improved some shading, hatching, etc. I got 25 portraits now, 25 more.
This, for me, is Michael Jordan. The hard teammate. The ultra-competitive. The proud monarch. The undefeated champion. I was never a fan of MJ. I never collected his cards. I didn't really root that much for his games. But it was harder not to be in awe of this certain genius.
Considered one of the greatest small forwards of all time, Pippen was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight consecutive times and the All-NBA First Team three times. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and was the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1994.
Harper found his niche with the Bulls upon Jordan's return, eventually becoming a fan favorite by reinventing himself as a big perimeter defender, ball handler, and mid-range scorer.
Toni Kukoc was known as the Spider of Split—that is Split—in Croatia. He had been one if not the most celebrated Croatian player of his time. He was a favorite Bull of mine back in their Championship years in the '90s.
NBA Portraits of the '90s featuring Dennis Rodman by Erik Pingol
The young Kobe Bryant vs. the veteran Michael Jordan
What if Slam Dunk (anime) ballers got drafted in NBA? What teams suit them best? I certainly can't say which one is the best team for each player but I could give my own fantasy draft, for sure.
Michael Jordan's legendary slam dunk captured in sequential illustration by Erik Pingol
The Shaq-Kobe era in digital painting
Penny's magic in the 90s in ink
Shawn Kemp attacking the hoops in colored pencils