Last Thursday I received a mail from Derek Simmons, Deputy Design
Director of Los Angeles Times. Derek proposed to me an exciting as
well as very honoring job. He wanted me to produce a portrait of the
incredible Michael Phelps for the Monday's Edition of The Times.
Let's hope he is going to make it, wrote to me.
The whole last week, Derek and I exchanged rough sketches, photos, ideas while Michael was beating one record after the other. We had so little time, as Michael was racing almost every day and we had to keep the portrait updated.
Finally, he did it in the already known incredible way.
So, this is our tribute to him and his incredible record. It's published in today's (Aug 18th, 2008) edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Credit must go to Derek Simmons for this great collaboration, his suggestions and ideas and to all the photographers of these great Michael Phelps photos (Sorry, it's quite impossible to name them all).
You can see a very large version of the image here.
Be awared! It's a very large file (4993 x 6528 pixels).
The original portrait is even bigger (6656 x 8704 pixels) but it couldn't be uploaded to Flickr. If you are a Michael Phelps fan, give me a shout and I will manage to send you the file.
You could also download the Los Angeles Times first page including this portrait here. (Go on the bottom right of the page in the "Download Olympic Posters".
Made with Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop and Apple QuickTime Pro using custom developed scripts and techniques.
Copyrigt by Tsevis Visual Design and The Los Angeles Times.
Please, don't use it in any commercial project without our permission.
For once again: Thanks Derek and of course "Congrats Michael!!!".