I’m a guy who loves art and sports, so I spend as much time reading sports news as I do art news. As I was reading ESPN.com today, I was caught off guard by a funky illustration of Carmelo Anthony on the home page for an article about the dysfunction of the New York Knicks’ organization, titled “False Prophets” and written by Ian Begley.
While I enjoyed the article (in a painful sort of way, since my beloved Knicks are horrible this year – and most years), it was the illustrations by Van Orton Design which I thought really made a strong impression. Van Orton Design is a pair of illustrators, designers and musicians who are from Italy, and this was my first exposure to their work. It was a fresh, distinct look for a sports article, which I appreciated very much.