The Daily Tar Heel front page on March 8, 2013 included an illustration of UNC basketball player P.J. Hairston. Design & graphics staffer Melissa Borden put together the illustration. Below, Borden talks about the process behind the design.
My name is Melissa Borden, and I am on the design and graphics desk here at The Daily Tar Heel. We ran a profile on P.J. Hairston on March 8 leading up to the Duke game. We couldn’t decide whether to use a photo or some kind of illustration—How cool would it be to illustrate Hairston and all of his energy? That’s what I thought too.
I had my eye on an illustration of another athlete, but had no idea how to create it. Kevin, the design and graphics editor, knew that graphic design professor, Terence Oliver, could have the answers. I showed Terence what I wanted to do and he briefly described the steps I needed to take. I knew it would take a lot of effort, but could have the potential to look awesome.
The first step was to find a photo of Hairston with heavy emotion in the face and body language. I decided on a photo by Katie Williams and brought it into Photoshop.