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NIKE - KOBE BRYANT by ekud NIKE - KOBE BRYANT by ekud
Illustration: Justin Maller

Concept artwork created for Nike apparel: Kobe Bryant aka "The Black Mamba".

I was commissioned by Nike in June to create artwork for LeBron James' apparel line. After completing that piece (which I can't release until end of 2011!), I was asked to prepare this Kobe piece for his line; sadly I missed the deadline for the 2011 apparel run. Definitely a dream job for me, as I have been playing ball since I was 6, follow the NBA passionately and have a fairly massive sneaker problem.

Uploaded wallpaper version per some requests!


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clarity17 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
crazy good
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yoanlpz Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
??? es una mamba no una cobra
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TAGAHRIM Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And black IS great! lol
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TAGAHRIM Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that takes skill! Nicely done!
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1201 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Mmmmmm :salute:
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visualsuspekt Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
snaky.great all in dark contrast...black is great !
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Methodologi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Extraordinary work, keep it up!
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phildunne Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing!
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dualform Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
This snake thing is brutal. Pretty hot concept.
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Husam-Elfaki Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I like this mate, definitely digging the almost symmetrical look, sure does make Kobe look more kickass. Nice work man hope to see more.
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stphnwlkr Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
This is pretty fresh, one of your most interesting in this style.

The subtle purples are really nice as well!
I hope you are getting some freebies. :)
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cjanse Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
negative space kills it. Plus I feel you are clinging to one style a bit to much in my opinion. Also I understand the negative space is cause it was a client I am guessing. Just my two cents but who am I to say if your work is good.
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ekud Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just presenting negative space for the wallpaper version. And I disagree about the style point, but whatever. Most of the time when I use renders these days it's because a client asked me to.
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cjanse Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I only say this because you did this with a bear, owl, 3 of soccer players, 1 of Kobe, and I am assuming the Lebron's was like this too. Nothing wrong with it at all cause I personally love it but I also like seeing something new. Again just my two cents.
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ekud Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Don't really feel this is anything like the bear piece?

Similarities to the soccer piece (again, client works) but I think this is a pretty different direction working with the stock elements and lighting effects.
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Tobzlarone Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I can see similarities between them...they're all FARKIN AWESOME!!! Nice work dude.
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7DS Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
he might appreciate 2 dollars..
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essfero Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Wow Kobe is my favorite basketball player and this work is a good description Kobe's style but I also think that you had to work harder with the lightings.
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EnzuDes1gn Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
dope as fuck bro, really love how well this all fits together, and the color is just perfect for Kobe imo :)
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aharmon Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
definitely one of your best in this style. the execution is cleaaaan. nice work dude
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eigenI Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
looks good mate :)
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viremaster Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ha man, I love this !
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