While my spectator sport of choice is baseball, I can, when pressed, come up with the names of a handful of NBA stars. One of them is Houston Rocket James Harden, who in addition to being a spectacular player, sports a rather spectacular beard.
As I learned in a New York Times piece last weekend, that beard has served as an intriguing source of inspiration for Filip Peraic, a freelance illustrator from the Croatian city of Zadar. Since 2013, Peraic has been creating a series of portraits of Harden, each in profile, each in a different style. Here are some of my favorites:
I’m in awe of people who possess the gene for this kind of ridiculously inspired creativity. I wish I had it, but I don’t. (Past posts I’ve done on others that possess it include this and this and this.) And to see the other portraits Peraic has created to date, click here. Not all of them succeed (in my opinion), but he went there, and that’s to be admired. The artist notes, “The best portraits are when I surprise myself. I’m thinking about James Harden’s head constantly — it’s my passion project.”
Here’s to passion projects, and to surprising one’s self.
*Peraic’s points of reference for two of the above portraits: