No sneaker company is sponsoring more NBA All-Stars this year than Nike, who can lay claim to 13 of this year’s participants including starters, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James. In addition, Nike also sponsors the 2016 Skills Competition champion Karl Anthony-Towns, as well as the back-to-back Slam Dunk champ, Zach LaVine.
To celebrate the achievements of their All-Stars, Nike commissioned illustrator and graphic artist Dale Edwin Murray — who previously lent his talents to publications to New York Times, GQ, and Vanity Fair — to draw some Nike players participating in All-Star weekend.
In addition, Murray also paid tribute to Kobe Bryant’s final All-Star appearance by illustrating all 11 of his signature sneakers, which date back to 2006.
For his player illustrations, Murray created two specialized action drawings for each player. First he drew the players with a plain background.