I only became aware of Dan Stafford’s work recently but instantly fell in love with this series of Sport illustrations. The look of them definitely pokes a weird part of my brain that has been dormant for about 20 years or so. It’s like a playful mix of ’90s clip art, mid-century advertising illustration and that little animated dude that used to shill for 7 UP when I was a kid. I looked it up; his name is Fido Dido.
All those dated references might be doing the work a little disservice though because part of the appeal of Dan’s illustration is that it looks like nothing else out there. Someone should PAY this guy MONEY to make this stuff! Oh, he’s a commercial illustrator and they already do? Cool. Carry on.