January 2009


The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to Tampa for Superbowl XLIII in no small part due to the efforts of strong safety Troy Polamalu, whose stellar play frustrated the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game. His interception with the Steelers leading 16-14 late in the fourth quarter was followed by a weaving 40 yard return for a touchdown that iced the game. Earlier, his kamikaze leaping tackle of Joe Flacco on a 4th and 1 try stopped a Raven drive. In addition, he sacked Flacco on a bootleg.

Now Polamalu and the Steelers will prepare themselves for the high flying Arizona Cardinals led by Kurt Warner, MVP of Superbowl XXXIV.

Drawing Notes

Pencils on Strathmore smooth finish bristol, using a 0.5mm mechanical pencil for most of the rendering:


Inks on Strathmore smooth finish bristol, Pitt brush pen, Staedler-Mars tech pens:

Colors and lettering were done in Photoshop. Click on the images for a larger version.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the San Diego Chargers 35-24 in the Divisional Playoffs behind a strong performance from Willie Parker who carried the ball 27 times for 146 yards. Hurt and largely ineffective all season, Willie produced when it counted, slashing between the tackles and turning the corner on sweeps. Behind surprisingly effective blocking by the offensive line, the Steelers controlled the ball for all but 17 seconds of the third quarter. The Steelers managed to get Jamal Williams blocked and Parker dashed forward for decent gains on almost every play, including a 27 yard scamper and a 16 yard run for a touchdown.

Parker faces a much more talented and determined unit next week in the AFC Championship game as the rival Baltimore Ravens travel to Heinz Field to face the Pittsburgh Steelers for the opportunity to play in Superbowl XLIII.

Drawing Notes

Pencils on Strathmore smooth finish bristol, using a 0.5mm mechanical pencil for most of the rendering:

Inks on Strathmore smooth finish bristol, Pitt brush pen, Staedler-Mars tech pens:

Colors and lettering were done in Photoshop. Click on the images for a larger version.

Little (5’6″, 180lbs) Darren Sproles filled in for an injured LaDainian Tomlinson and powered the San Diego Chargers to a 23-17 win over the streaking Indianapolis Colts in a wild game at Qualcomm Stadium Saturday night. Sproles’ stat line shows 105 yards rushing on 23 carries, 5 receptions for 45 yards, 4 kickoff returns for 126 yards, and 3 punt returns for 72 yards. That’s 348 total yards. This includes two rushing touchdowns, including the 22 yard game winner in overtime. Toting the rock is nothing new to Sproles — he led the NCAA in rushing in 2003 and led the Kansas State Wildcats to a victory over Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game. The Chargers face a sterner test next week as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in the divisional round. If Tomlinson can’t go, Sproles will need to step up again.

Drawing Notes

Pencils on Strathmore vellum finish bristol:

Inks on Strathmore smooth finish bristol:

Colors and lettering were done in Photoshop. Click on the images for a larger version.