Kareem Abdul Jabbar Patch.
Over the past three years I've designed around 600 patch designs for Upper Deck. I've designed other NBA Basketball patches and MLB Baseball patches as well as NHL Hockey patches.
The most recent patch work is re-visiting the NBA Basketball theme. I had to illustrate a bunch of past and current NBA stars. I've selected a few to showcase here.
Calvin Murphy Patch.
I'f you'd like to see how I go about creating artwork like this be sure to check out my tutorial that walks you through the creation of one of these patches at www.illustrationclass.com
Allen Iverson Patch.
Dennis Rodman Patch.
The lovable bad boy of basketball past sporting his trademark tech-n-color hairdo.
Carmelo Anthony Patch.
This patch is probably the one I like the most? Not sure why? Maybe it's his hair?
Greg Oden Patch.
This is one of the youngest players in the NBA but ironically he still looks like a reincarnation of Robert Parrish.
Kobe Bryant MVP Patch.
This was one of three patch designs I worked on for this specific project. Upper Deck like most in sports figured Kobe would win the leagues MVP in 2008 so they had me design some commemorative patches to add to this project. Upper Deck set up a meeting with Kobe personally and allowed him to review the designs I came up with and pick the patch he liked best.
The design shown above is my personal favorite. When Kobe met with Upper Deck he didn't like any of the three designs I created. I wasn't really given any reason for his dislike but it was still kind of cool in a strange way to know that he looked at my art and hated it. LOL
Assortment of Patches.
Over all I did around 85 patch designs for this project. It's always fun working on patches and even though I wouldn't consider myself a die hard sports fan it's cool being able to create artwork that features players I admired growing up.