In the Studio: Leatherhead Sports

Leatherhead Sports makes hand made footballs and rugby balls. They are the coolest. I thought they should have an illustration equally as cool.












I like to think Leyendecker would be flattered.

Trad Illustrations

Some ideas are good, some are great, and some belong on the cutting room floor.  Sometimes, when an idea is imagined, its hard to tell in which category the plan belongs.  That’s what phones and email are for.  I called John.

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I knew I had bothered the right person when he knew who Leyendecker was with no explanation. He suggested I don’t just do some paintings, but I make it a blog.  Imagine that, a blogger suggesting you start a blog, groundbreaking.

I have already written about who Tinseth is, and what he does, and he has already told me my shoes are horrible a million times.  I don’t always listen to him.  I still refuse to wear a madras jacket, I regularly wear denim, but I do need new shoes.

He was right about the blog thing too.

Starting New Things

I’ve been in the studio quite a bit as of late.  Here is why…

Today I launch a new blog, not instead, but in addition to this one.

I have long loved the advertising illustration of times past.  When I have looked back at Leyendecker or others of that time I am amazed that the work, meant as a modern advertisement, could still look so appealing; not dated. 

Of course most don’t wear straw boater hats today but after viewing these ads, one might want to.  There are of course great ads out today, but these old ones were done with a brush.

So are mine.

It feels appropriate to kick it off with the blog that started the menswear or fashion blogging craze that exists today, Scott Schuman of the Sartorialist.

As I’ve spoken with other bloggers, successful ones, there was a common theme; they saw the sartorialist, loved it, and were inspired to do something of their own.

I make no claims to being a Leyendecker, Rockwell, or Eakins, but I will be posting illustrations of blogs, bloggers, brands, or others, that I think deserve a hand painted ode to when things had style and beauty.

Enjoy… and tell a friend.