For this particular article, the Creative Director came directly to me to request an illustration for a very personal story. The student-athlete was playing baseball in honor of his mother with cancer, right after his own surgery. The personal detail to this story was to incorporate the family photo that Tyler kept in his duffel bag. This gave me the idea to overlay the actual photo into the digital drawing in a photo frame. There was an overall feeling of reverence in this story, so the illustration needed to reflect that.
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