Harper 9

Ron Harper was one of the herd that I liked—back in the 2nd Bulls’ era in the ’90s. Together of course with MJ, Pip, and Kukoc and Rodman—Harper was a very dependable role-player. But of course I was just too young to remember his details and I didn’t collect his Fleer and Topps back then. So I took a piece of Wikipedia about him:

“Harper signed a free agent deal with the Chicago Bulls, who were reloading following the first retirement of Michael Jordan. Harper found his niche with the Bulls upon Jordan’s return, eventually becoming a fan favorite by reinventing himself as a big perimeter defender, ball handler, and mid-range scorer.”

Yes. True that. And when the Bulls were over, He got to join the Lakers—my true team—and won 2 more rings. Lucky and great guy!

Ron Harper. I did this portrait because very few did. Don’t forget this guy! He’s great!

Right now, I’m just working with portraits and portraits and more portraits, but in the future I’ll do some court action for each of these guys (that I portrait). Be sure to here for it, guys!

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The Spider of Split

Toni Kukoc was known as the Spider of Split—that is Split—in Croatia. He had been one if not the most celebrated Croatian player of his time. He was a favorite Bull of mine back in their Championship years in the ’90s, that’s why I was fairly disappointed that The Last Dance (Netflix documentary) paid very less attention in him than he deserved.

A complete player: perimeter shots, 3-pointers, defense, passing skills and a very quick tall guy with a lot of tricks.

Toni Kukoc —one of the 2nd 3-peat Bull’s main guns

At this point I was getting pretty used to my hatching. Expect more coming!

The Worm

Dennis Rodman of the ’90s Chicago Bulls by Erik Pingol

Dennis Rodman was a wonder under the rim. He wasn’t known for scoring but what he’s known for was worth more—his defense and rebounds. Let MJ and Pip win the scoring battle, but trust The Worm to take care of the missed shots.

Here’s the ’90s Bulls’ Dennis ‘The Worm’ Rodman in black and white, my first entry in my NBA Portraits: The ’90s.

Kobe v MJ

Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan by Erik Pingol

After my digital watercolor exploration on the previous Shaq-Kobe piece, I got a little closer to the effect that I wanted with this one. I just need the right brush. But this is a bit close.

I just love drawing basketball shoes 😍

MJ’s Flight

Michael Jordan’s legendary slam illustrated by Erik Pingol

I couldn’t remember now how much hours I’ve spent drawing the crowd. I love giving details to my artworks, but somehow this particular one made me say I’m going to rest from drawing spectators for a while. Still, I loved it.

The photo reference I used in this illustration was shot by Nathaniel S. Butler. I’ve seen many of his NBA shots, they are as legendary as their subjects. God bless his greatness.

The Shaq-Kobe Era

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in digital painting by Erik Pingol

This is my first attempt in digital painting. Or at least the “digital painting” as we know it. I was actually hoping it would be watercolor-esque but it ended up differently (than what I expected and/or wanted). But I liked it.

This marks the time when I was exploring around digital painting. This marks the time when my favorite era of the NBA was dominated by these two geniuses —Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant! What a time to be a Laker fan.

Thanks and credits to Gettyimages and Andrew D. Bernstein for the wonderful reference photo

Penny #1

Penny Hardaway portrait by Erik Pingol
Penny Hardaway to the hoops by Erik Pingol

Anfernee Hardaway back in his greatness in the ’90s was just pure magic! My lines couldn’t honor him enough.

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The Reign Man


This was the project that started it all. I wanted to draw NBA moments in the traditional art form, this one in colored pencils. Some more illustrations followed this but my work at the office caught up with me. This was from 2018, fast forward to 2020 I have just started continuing the series.

This was the first one, so I want this to be the first post.

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