10 Winning Illustrations That Smash the Competition

Featured image: ©ilovedust | Rep: Debut Art

It’s undeniable the impact that sports has all over the globe. There are very few places that you can visit that sports aren’t an integral aspect of the community. And rightfully so, because sports not only holds physical benefits, it also teaches social skills while helping build character values through teamwork and competition.

Here are 10 artists that use their artwork to portray some of the most well-known sports from around the world and the people that take part in the physical activity.

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Dahl Taylor for Albany Convention Center

This post originally appeared on the Mendola Artists’ website.

“After two years of planning, Albany-based artist Dahl Taylor was finally able to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Albany Convention Center, where he created wonderful murals that give a tour of the history of Albany and all of the things it has to offer.

The project included five themed murals in the main lobby focusing on the transportation, commerce, culture, history, and nature of Albany, as well as two additional panels: an impressive overview of Albany in the center’s entrance, and a mural at the top of the escalator which shows Albany’s path to a thriving state capital.

To further enhance visitors’ experience, the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau has created an interactive website to accompany the murals and provide additional information about the images.”

Dahl is represented by Mendola Artists. Browse his body of work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at

©Dahl Taylor

©Dahl Taylor

©Dahl Taylor

©Dahl Taylor

©Dahl Taylor

Anthony Kieren Illustrates Hollywood Legend, Burt Reynolds

A.E. Kieren was recently commissioned by the Smyth Hotel to document the hosting of the press facilities for TriBeCa Film Festival.

A.E. was able to draw a live portrait of Hollywood legend, Burt Reynolds, during a festival promoting his new film, Dog Years.

Check out more of A.E.’s work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and website.

Cristina Guitian – Irish Football Association

Tandem commissioned Cristina Guitian to create a new 13 feet mural to grace the walls of the Irish Football Association’s new visitor center.

The mural features Irish football supporters throughout the decades, walking together into the stadium in black and white.

Cristina is represented by Meiklejohn Illustration. View more of her work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and

Margaux Carpentier for London Zoo

Margaux Carpentier teamed up with the London Zoo to create these fun murals featuring the cheeky, mischevious squirrel monkey.

We think the illustrations capture the true playful spirit of the small, slender primate.

Margaux is represented by Central Illustration Agency. See more of her work through her Directory of Illustration portfolio and at

©Margaux Carpentier

©Margaux Carpentier

©Margaux Carpentier

©Margaux Carpentier

©Margaux Carpentier

John S. Dykes for First Interstate Bank

John S. Dykes was commissioned by First Interstate Bank to create maps to tell the story of the banks’ interaction with the people and culture of states in the western US.

John produced three large, detailed map illustrations of Wyoming, South Dakota & Montana for the campaign and has received recognition for the Wyoming map, which was selected to be in the 2017 Communication Arts Annual.

John is represented by Gerald & Cullen Rapp. See more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at

©John S. Dykes

©John S. Dykes

Nazario Graziano for Revista da Cultura

Nazario Graziano created a series of illustrations for Brazilian magazine, Revista de Cultura, for an article about children and their relationships with social media.

Nazario is represented by Agency Rush. See more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at

©Nazario Graziano

©Nazario Graziano

©Nazario Graziano

Cannaday Chapman for The New Yorker

Check out this cover by Cannaday Chapman for The New Yorker‘s Food & Travel issue.

“For me, one of the finest things about traveling is trying new and exotic foods,” Cannaday says, about the inspiration for his cover.

Chapman recently returned from Argentina, where he ate “a whole lot of steaks and the best pork chops I ever had,” but has never visited China. “Everyone says they have the best street food,” he adds. “My Chinese friend was trying to get me there, describing the seahorses and also scorpions, lots of bugs. I’m told they taste like crab or lobster, which makes sense. Those are just sea bugs.”

View more of Cannaday’s work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and website.