If you’re a die-hard Bulls fan, it’s quite possible you spend a fair amount of time on social media, there is also a fairly good chance you’ve seen this awesome painting of Joakim Noah pop up on your news feed or in someone’s profile pic or avatar.
Read on to hear about the artist behind it and the other quality Bulls-inspired art that she has to offer.
Jennifer Hynds hails from Mundelein, Illinois but now resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin (just over an hour drive from Chicago). Earning a volleyball scholarship to the University of Illinois, Jennifer also chose to study art in the two years she spent at the college. Unfortunately, injuries cut her sporting career short, after leaving university she focused more on her art and her family.
Now busy being a Mom, Jennifer spends whatever spare time she has drawing inspiration from the Chicago Bulls and other NBA stars for the subjects of her artistic output. As you can see, she perfectly captures Noah’s penchant for firing off the finger guns, the wild west theme born out her husband playing the video game Red Dead Redemption.
Another great piece Jennifer has created is “The Butler Did It… with a basketball, in the locker room”. If you haven’t guessed, this painting was inspired by the Parker Brothers board game Clue. “Lebron James is the victim since the Miami Heat is the new Detroit Pistons for the Bulls. I hate the Heat more than I hated the Pistons”. Jennifer explained. “In the background are the Jerseys for the teams Jimmy played for. “The couch he is sitting on is from the movie (based on the game). The pose is from a photo shoot Jimmy did for Splash Magazine. The shoes he was wearing in the shoot had written on them, but I decided to change it to, “the butler did it.”
“I spent the most time on this Jimmy Butler digital painting. I struggled with this one because I got caught up in the details. I don’t like making things too photo-realistic because I think you should be able to see the human quality of a painting.” Jennifer further explained. “I think you can see enough brush strokes if you look closely that you can tell it’s not a photo”.
As much as the budding artist enjoys the advantages of digital art, Jennifer prefers more traditional methods. “My dilemma with digital (art) is that I feel like it’s cheating. I can zoom in and erase as much as I want. It can take the spontaneity out of the art. That’s why I enjoy doing my basketball dribbling paintings. Besides clean up, it takes around an hour of using actual paint.”
Created by dipping basketballs in the paint and dribbling them on an old closet door, the dribbling technique is something she has been working on and enjoys doing the most.
MJ Rookie: “Let me explain the MJ Leg series. I drew legs for every season Jordan played for the Bulls. “Ideally, I want to do the paintings wearing the Air Jordans that MJ wore that season. The only problem is I only have one pair of original Jordans.”
“The background is another closet door painted on by dribbling a basketball on it. (we were getting new doors for the house so there were plenty lying around.) I did the same thing as the previous painting. Took a pic, uploaded it and drew over it. The background was inspired by the shoe that MJ is wearing in the painting. I love Air Jordans and I’m doing a whole series of these”.
The Return II: “This is inspired by Derrick Rose and his dedication to returning from two knee injuries. It was actually painted before his second injury. The background is another door painting.”
I-Pass: “Based off of Stacey King’s quote, “He just flew by him like he had an I-Pass.” The background is from the MJ Rookie background. I combined the Bulls logo and fleur-de-lis because DJ is from New Orleans. His family was uprooted after Hurricane Katrina.”
Punchin’ the Clock: Another piece inspired by Stacey King, “Taj is always punchin’ the clock, hard hat and lunch pail.” I drew taj as a coal miner. This piece is pen and ink and watercolor.
Jennifer also has a community project she’s working on, which is where her idea behind bouncing paint covered basketballs for art stemmed from. Her plans are to locate old run down outdoor courts and give them a much-needed makeover. If the backboards need replacing, she with the help of others will have the kids in the neighborhood paint on new backboards. Murals painted on the courts is another idea she has in mind. “If they want they could just dribble painted basketballs or draw something intricate. I want to connect kids to the neighborhood and liven up a neighborhood with art”, the artist told me via email. “I’m combining my three passions; kids, basketball and art”.
“Right now I’m working with the Journey House in Milwaukee in terms of the community project. We’ve discussed the project and me teaching the kids about art and how I’ve combined art with basketball. Hopefully, I can get some grant money”.
Sounds like a great idea to me.
This McDonald’s commercial featuring Michael Jordan aired almost thirty years ago.
Up until a few weeks ago, I had never seen it before, I’m guessing the majority of you won’t have either. So far only 84 people have watched it, I probably account for at least 15-20 of those views. Since my initial discovery it’s sat dormant in a tab on my browser, waiting for me to get around to doing something with it, so here we are.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, this little nugget appeared on YouTube a little over two months ago courtesy of this guy, who’s clearly a big fan of hockey and Siskel & Ebert. Thank you Oilerfanatic1 wherever you are. Go Blackhawks!
So now that I’ve done all the hard work for you, all you need to do is kick back and click the play button.
So there you have it, burgers being advertised as fuel for the gravity-defying Michael Jordan. If I’m a kid, teenager, heck even a young man in 1985, I’m buying what Micky D’s is selling. Eat McDonald’s, soar through the sky like Michael Jordan. Take my pocket change now. SOLD.
Yep, back in the day, the McPack combo meal would only set you back $2.29 (plus tax), talk about a bargain. As you can also see, a Big Mac was actually big (hard to believe I know) and served in a Styrofoam packaging, which was just the way we liked it. None of this environmentally friendly paper or cardboard business. Shout out to Dennis Leary.
In the opening seconds of the spot, the Bulls star is seen wearing sweat pants, somewhere between sipping his Coke and eating his burger he seems to have lost those. In the closing seconds, we see that Air Jordan is decked out his entire Bulls uniform, complete with a pair of the red laced, black toe, Jordan I’s, the missing pants mystery remaining unsolved. His Nike sneakers receive the royal product placement treatment in the opening and closing seconds of the advertisement when Flight 23 is being prepped and then cleared for taking off. The Nike marketing machine well and truly in full effect.
As we all know, the young phenom that was taking the NBA by storm went on to become one of the most recognizable and marketable people on the planet. Jordan regularly appeared in many successful McDonald’s commercials over the course of his career, but the one you just watched is by far one of the coolest.