I don’t think that I’ve ever posted a piece of art here that was inspired by sports (except for Pro Wrestling). However, I decided to pay tribute to the late artist Leroy Neiman and also commemorate the only pretty play in a very ugly AFC Wildcard Game, when Martavis Bryant, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, performed an amazing (and 100% legal and legit, no matter what bitter Bengals fans say) summersault flip catch.
I did this digital painting, somewhat in the style of Neiman, over a photograph by Christopher Hanewinckel of USA TODAY Sports, and I’m proud of the way it came out. The rest of the game is better left forgotten (and I’m saying this even though my team won), save for the fines and suspensions that the NFL will hand down. Click to enlarge.
Radio Free Charleston is taking another week off so that your blogger and rest up a bit and try to feel better.