Three B&A Artists Kick It Off with the NFL
Nothing says Fall quite like Football and just last month the season officially began. Bay Area News Group celebrated the start of the season with their annual Kick Off, and invited three B&A artists to contribute to the celebration. Will Barras, Tim Marrs, and Ryan McAmis each brought their singular styles to tell the variety of stories in the pages of this publication.
The cover is created by Tim Marrs, who brings together everything you can imagine in the world of football. It’s a single compositional study on the energy and moments that make the game what it is. Numbers, angles, athleticism, and in the background of it all: the fans. Tim’s illustration, like our memories, is distilled past reality, bringing in colors that are unnatural but true to experience. It’s hyper realistic in its rejection of realism. It’s honest in execution.
The broadest spread created by our B&A artists is by Will Barras who was tasked with bringing the world of Fantasy Football to life. Fantasy Football is a notoriously diverse experience with a wide fan base, but at the root of the game it’s strangers trading real life humans in a fantasy space. It’s easy to forget that the players are people too. Will brought together all the players that the magazine spoke to into one image, bringing in the aspects of their lives that we may forget just watching them on our screens, or seeing their status through Fantasy.
Ryan McAmis brings his signature style to two full body portraits. The magazine featured two editorial essays on the performances (or lack thereof) of two General Managers in the league. Marcus Thompson wrote about the success of the Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie, and Ryan brought through the managers coy humility and passion for his team. On the other side is Tim Kawakami’s piece about the suffering Trent Baalke who manages the 49ers. Ryan presents him as hard and stiff, exactly what you’d expect from a manager who is misdirecting his world-class team.
Every publication presents a bevy of experiences and stories. We’re thrilled to bring multiple artists together to help a publication like the Bay Area News Group’s Kick Off tell the range of stories that they tell every day.