A couple weeks ago, Tim Ball asked me to work on an illustration…

A couple weeks ago, Tim Ball asked me to work on an illustration...

A couple weeks ago, Tim Ball asked me to work on an illustration...

A couple weeks ago, Tim Ball asked me to work on an illustration for the Bay Area News Group of the current coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Tomsula.

My prompt was to make light of Tomsula’s time working for teams in the now-defunct NFL Europe. Before coaching for the 49ers, he had been coordinating and coaching for teams like the England Monarchs, the Scottish Claymores, Berlin Thunder, and Rhein Fire.

I worked with a few different ideas in my sketches – using medieval European history to buttress (ehh? ehhhh???) the concept in the sketch that we took to final, a topical take on traditional or popularized clothing from the countries of each team in the center sketch, and an actually globe-trotting Tomsula, shedding each teams jersey on his way to San Francisco.

This assignment was aahhhhmazing, and I loved getting to play with imagery I’ve never worked with before. Thank you again to Tim for this opportunity!

See full post here: MICHAEL HOEWELER2015-09-16.