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Wayne Rooney by Jon Burgerman

10th March 2006

From the incredible book Football Heroes from Jerzovskaja, which features over 700 individual player portraits drawn by 50 illustrators from 17 different countries.

Burgerman vs Rooney

Figure 1: Wayne Rooney. Illustration copyright of Jon Burgerman.

Go visit Football Heroes for a preview scan of your team.

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# Tae responded on 10th March 2006 with...

i’m korean and i find the south korean charicatures offensive.

# Simon Collison responded on 10th March 2006 with...

Tae: Why do you find them offensive? Note that I am not challenging you here, I am just curious. Whilst I do think some of the nationalities have been approached somewhat dangerously, I don’t see the South Korean images that way. In that case, the players are represented as cuddly toys and are “cute”, so there seems to be less attempt to mock facial features.

Interested to understand why you feel they’re offensive. Also wondering who else might be offended by the way their nation is portrayed. This hadn’t really occured to me earlier.

# Estrup responded on 10th March 2006 with...

Publishing cartoons seems to be rather dangerous these days ...

# Tae responded on 10th March 2006 with...

i guess i find it weird that all the nationalities but the asian ones are human. some of the koreans are animals and the japanese look like robots to me. and i’m sure you didn’t mean anything by it, but i don’t necessarily see “cute” and “cuddly” as qualities that make it more acceptible. especially in the context of competitive sports, it can be interpretted as passive.

# Simon Collison responded on 10th March 2006 with...

Estrup: Ah, I see you are from Denmark. Fair point.

Tae: Maybe it comes down to who draws whom. Tado always draw cute animals, so they did the same for South Korea. You make a fair point about every other team being human, although to be honest, some teams are unrecognisable as any kind of species in the book.

Anyway, I’m offended too. Are all us Englishmen so ugly? All furrowed brows, bad haircuts and scowls. Oh, yes we are…

# Michael G responded on 10th March 2006 with...

“Are all us Englishmen so ugly? All furrowed brows, bad haircuts and scowls. Oh, yes we areś”

Speak for yourself ;)

Tado are known for their cute style illustrations and I wouldn’t have expected them to do it any differently.

Anyway this just reminded me I need to grab a copy.

# Steve responded on 10th March 2006 with...

[insert caustic biting remark about U.K. football here] in retaliation for CSS Mastery related remark disparaging American football. : )

Having played both forms of football I somewhat prefer real football but I think red cards should be much more freely given for players rolling around on the ground while doing a poor job of acting. (Such things tend to create a certain amount of disdain for “football” among the uninitiated over here.)

On a related topic—the book looks like fun.

# Simon Collison responded on 10th March 2006 with...

Steve: I belive I made my caustic remark in Blog Design Solutions, but it’s of no consequence really. Anyway, yes, the book looks great - but it’s bloody expensive.

# Steve responded on 10th March 2006 with...

“I belive I made my caustic remark in Blog Design Solutions”

Oh… I heard about it when I was looking for what people were saying about CSS Mastery. Just make that a “biting remark” then as my way of making amends.

By the way, I just got CSS Mastery and have started going through it. Its really great so far and its done in a way that I wish all such books were written and presented. Good job!

# Simon Jobling responded on 10th March 2006 with...

I can understand the comment about the Korean images but, to be honest, most nations seem to get a similar treatment of p*sstaking images. Besides which, its the players they are actually “mocking”, not the countries.

Si: Are you aware of The Boy Fitz Hammond‘s work? I love his style too. His images seem to have a much more comical feel to them too.

# mearso responded on 10th March 2006 with...

The South Korea set is my favourite. The determinedly non-realistic look is good in the context of the sticker book format where the likeness has traditionally been the most important aspect.

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