This was a piece I did while I was freelancing for a company doing graphics for the UFC. This was before they had their own in-house crew.
At the time, I didn’t quite know what I was doing and didn’t have a pitch prepared for the company. Dana White seemed to like it. I was in his office to show it to him, but at the time, I didn’t know who he was in the organization. In any case, it was a missed opportunity.
I got busy with other clients and I didn’t do more of these, though I have some somewhere that are still in the drawing stage. But those fighters are long gone. This was from the weigh-in before Randy Couture fought Josh Barnett.
This is probably my favorite painting technique. I really need to do more of these.
If I was asked, I’d do more of these as a commission. I love doing portraits.