Drawing Inspiration From Turmoil; Sketching A Brighter Future

Arturo Torres is a 27-year-old illustrator from Garland. He’s known for comic book-style portraits of legendary rappers and basketball stars. His work can be seen in the books “Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated” and “The Rap Year Book.”

By Hady MawajdehFebruary 19, 2018 9:30 am, , ,

From KERA:

What’s the best rap song of 1984? How about 2004? Tough question, right? How about this: what would an NBA game look like if a grizzly bear were starting at power forward? These are the sorts of questions that Garland native Arturo Torres brings to life. Torres shares the story of how he transformed from aspiring artist to illustrator of two New York Times best-sellers.

Torres has drawn everyone in rap and basketball. His comic-book style portraits get shout outs from LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Chance the Rapper.

The 27 year-old’s art is featured on ESPN’s “Grantland” and “The Ringer.” Nike and Google hired him to design interactive murals. And he’s illustrated two best-selling books.


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