With the NFL draft set to kick off tonight, longtime Uni Watch reader and super-nice guy Jason Von Stein has created an illustration predicting how he thinks the first several picks will play out — fun stuff. Even better, though, Jason has documented his creative process via a series of videos. Let’s start with this time-lapse video of the drawing and inking:
Pretty cool, right? But if you want a closer look at what Jason was doing, here are real-time videos — no time-lapse — of the drawing and the inking:
After he drew and inked the design, Jason scanned the illustration and then used Photoshop to add colors to the resulting digital image. Here’s video of that — time-lapse followed by real-time:
This is all so cool! Here are some notes from Jason:
For visual reference, I downloaded photos of the players and looked at them as I drew their faces. I also downloaded images from he Gridiron Uniform Database
for the Photoshop part of the project, so I could get the uniforms’ colors exactly correct.
I also downloaded college team logos and showed each player in a suit matching the colors of his school.
I added the teams at the bottom being upset because they don’t have first-round picks, and I added KC colors for the location to represent the draft being in Kansas City this year.
The whole process took me about six hours.
I love all of this so much. Big kudos to Jason for creating this uni-themed illustration. I’m hoping his draft-ch0ice predictions are correct, if only because he deserves it after sharing his creative process with us. Thanks, Jason!
Weird situation last night in Queens, as Mets pitcher Kodai Senga’s cap had a white maker’s mark, while his teammates had the usual orange.
Rumors that Mets owner Steve Cohen personally confiscated Senga’s cap because “white is a Phillies color” are almost completely untrue.
(Big thanks to eagle-eyed Twitter-er @SWIMMlN for spotting this one.)
In case you missed it on Wednesday, my Premium article this week is an in-depth look at the 1999 NFL Style Guide. You can read the first part of it here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Substack (which will also give you access to my full Substack/Bulletin archives). Thanks!
Purp Walk Reminder
In case you missed it earlier this week, I’ve firmed up all the plans for this year’s Purple Amnesty Day, including the new T-shirt design (which you’ll need to order this week if you want to receive it in time for Purp Walk). This year’s festivities, like last year’s, will include a live event — this time in North Carolina. Full details here.
Can of the Day
Oh man, what a beauty. Might like it even more if the “V” were the same height as the other letters, or maybe not. I do love the way the various letters overlap each other — very nice.