Daniel Hertzberg – ESPN The Magazine: The Big Zero

ESPN the Magazine was always a dream client of mine, so it was a pleasure doing a half-pager for them last week. It was for an article about NBA teams that have been very successful this season without any superstars or big names. They actually play as a *gasp* team! I thought it would be fun to show 5-6 players all making up one giant, unstoppable player. Many hours were spent manipulating each arm and leg of each player so it could fit this silhouette. I got away with murder! Sketches (showing some of the process) and the printed page below.

About Daniel Hertzberg

Daniel is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Montclair, NJ. To view more work, please visit his website: www.danielhertzberg.com Email: daniel@danielhertzberg.com Phone: (516) 286-7585 Twitter: @danielhertzberg Facebook: Daniel Hertzberg Illustration Illoz: illoz.com/danielhertzberg


  1. great ideas – perfect execution

  2. Brian Taylor

    Awesome! I want to see your slam dunk reference pics for this one!

  3. Thanks guys! Brian- I’ll do a blog post soon with all references, this one was intense.

  4. Whoa, that’s awesome!

  5. Killer piece! Must have been tricky to fit the players into the body, but I love how you’ve done it, especially with the middle guy whose knees are bent to form the lower torso and the thigh.

  6. drawingscience

    This is epic, Dan, awesome job! I can imagine how painstaking that execution must have been,but totally worth it.

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