May the Title be with You
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May the fourth be with you. In celebration of yesterday’s Star Wars Day I am posting a new series of personal work combining two great wells of inspiration, the worlds of soccer and sci-fi. With the 5000 to one odds fairy-tale sports story of Leicester City competing for, then winning, England’s top soccer division it inspired me to start drawing mash-ups of favorite players or managers as heroes and villains from the galaxy far, far away. N’Golo Kante’s dynamic work-rate and tough tackling propelled Leicester City’s season with a warriors spirt and Jedi calm reminiscent of Mace Windu or Fin from the Force Awakens. Chewbacca has been combined with Belgian midfield-man mountain, Marouane Fellaini. Sunderland’s Big Sam Allardyce is known for his no-nonsense style of management, defensive tactics, obliteration of chewing gum and being a specialist in battling relegation. No offence, but there are many similarities with Jabba the Hutt. Lastly an homage to current Liverpool helm, former Borussia Dortmund coach with a half and half Darth Vader, Jurgen Klopp. Hand-drawn work finished with brush, pen and FW inks, then touched up with Photoshop.

James Eric
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James is a St Pete, Florida based freelance Illustrator and sign painter. 2009 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA Illustration), his work has strong roots in tradi… Show more.

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James illustrative work is driven by his passion for the craft. Although James possesses countless illustrative abilities, I find that he has a real niche for what I would describe as an abstract, hyper-realism. I commissioned James to create a very stylized title for me to use within my Youtube web series comedy sketch, "Hoop Conspiracies: Boston". James was incredibly easy to work with and not only captured my envisioned concept, but greatly surpassed my expectations. James Hartzell is an excellent illustrator with an extremely wide range of diversity and I highly recommend his art.
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