Off The Page: Illustrator Oliver Barrett Takes on ESPN

 

 

Illustrator Oliver Barrett is the rare breed of freelance artist that can tackle any subject and retain his distinctly refined and sophisticated style. For the 2015 NBA Finals Barrett was hired by ESPN to create a series of portraits to coincide with the series that gave us the players as tense competitors.

This wasn’t his first project for ESPN nor was it his entry into sports illustration. On the How Design site is the interview I conducted with Oliver about baseball, finding a niche, and his series of illustrations for the NBA Finals. You can read the full interview HERE.

 

Below is a selection of Barrett’s sports work for ESPN and other outlets —

 

Oliver Barrett's illustration for ESPN's coverage of the 2015 NBA Finals

Oliver Barrett’s illustration for ESPN’s coverage of the 2015 NBA Finals

 

Oliver Barrett's illustration for ESPN's coverage of the 2015 NBA Finals on air

Oliver Barrett’s illustration for ESPN’s coverage of the 2015 NBA Finals

 

 

Illustration of Reggie Miller for ESPN by Oliver Barrett

Illustration of Reggie Miller for ESPN by Oliver Barrett

 

Illustration of Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the ESPN coverage of the 2015 NBA Finals by Oliver Barrett

Illustration of Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the ESPN coverage of the 2015 NBA Finals by Oliver Barrett

 

'The King is Dead' by Oliver Barrett

‘The King is Dead’ by Oliver Barrett

 

 

Illustration of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter For ESPN by Oliver Barrett

Illustration of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter For ESPN by Oliver Barrett

 

Oliver Barrett's illustration for ESPN's coverage of the 2015 NBA Finals on air

Oliver Barrett’s illustration for ESPN’s coverage of the 2015 NBA Finals on air.

 

Oliver Barrett's illustration for the MLS Cup 2014

Oliver Barrett’s illustration for the MLS Cup 2014

 

Oliver Barrett's illustration for the MLS Cup 2014

Oliver Barrett’s illustration for the MLS Cup 2014

 

Illustrations by Oliver Barrett for ESPN Magazine

Illustrations by Oliver Barrett for ESPN Magazine

 

Illustration of the Florida Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton by Oliver Barrett in an issue of ESPN Magazine

Illustration of the Florida Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton by Oliver Barrett in an issue of ESPN Magazine

 

 

'Randy Johnson' from Oliver Barrett's series of 'Baseball Jerks' prints

‘Randy Johnson’ from Oliver Barrett’s series of ‘Baseball Jerks’ prints

 

 

Previously on Evil Tender — Cynicism, Baseball & Bill Murray: An Interview with Illustrator Oliver Barrett

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