Three pieces I did recently for the July issue of Men’s Health Germany on an article about German soccer star Mario Gomez and his workouts and training regimen. They wanted the images to depict Gomez being tackled and pulled by six defenders from other teams. Those defenders are Rafael Marquez of Mexico, Rio Ferdinand of England, Fabio Cannavaro of Italy, Lucio of Brazil, Pepe of Portugal, and Carles Puyol of Spain. To anyone from those aforementioned countries who read this blog, please don’t hate me!
I felt that painting the defenders’ skin red would keep their presence in these images from being too literal. I wanted it to imply that he’s sort of fighting through his inner demons and interacting with figments of his imagination as he trains.