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New England Patriots

All-time Quarterback Couch

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In the NFL, Tom Brady passed Peyton Manning for second place in all-time yards thrown. The New England Patriots wanted to celebrate by getting the top four quarterbacks kicking back on a couch. Peyton is passing the torch....er...the football to Tom in celebration of this sports achievement while Brett Favre and Drew Brees look on. This social illustration received great engagement and fans loved it.

Craig Nordeen

Craig Nordeen

illustration of This pup's got the fall vibe going. The self looping animation lets the dog skateboard for however long he'd like. 

Animation, animated gif, pen and ink, dog, illustration, skateboarding, vibes
illustration of Illustration for Surf Sweet's social posts  using photographed gummy bears as the carnival prize. Using black ink to create a sketched look helped make the gummy bears the focus, and a cute scene.

Pen, photography, illustration, overlay, scenes, whimsy, cute, vibrant, social, advertising, marketing, instagram, facebook, twitter, happy, candy, consumer, customer, sweets, delicious
illustration of Illustration for Surf Sweet's social posts  using photographed jelly beans as a carnival prize. Using black ink to create a sketched look helped make the jelly beans the focus, and a cute scene.

Pen, photography, illustration, overlay, scenes, whimsy, cute, vibrant, social, advertising, marketing, instagram, facebook, twitter, happy, candy, consumer, customer, sweets, delicious
illustration of Illustration of kids playing over a real-life photo of a playground. The client couldn't use photos of their children, so this was a great way to still show playtime in a fun and energetic way.
illustration of Comp artwork for a new beer based in Minnesota. I needed to feel fun but still a little tough. What's tougher than a Minotaur Babe the blue ox showing off his muscles?
illustration of Animated social post with a dancing turkey for Thanksgiving.
illustration of LOVE is children's book that I've written and illustrated. It's a fun story of the life and times of a tennis ball, and all the adventures it has.
illustration of LOVE is children's book that I've written and illustrated. It's a fun story of the life and times of a tennis ball, and all the adventures it has.
illustration of Bike Ride is a children's book I authored and illustrated. It tells the story of a boy and his fears of riding his bike, and all the excuses he gives to get out of riding it.
illustration of Social illustration for an NFL Football draft during Covid. As long as what's on camera looks good, the rest can be PJ's and popcorn.
illustration of Social image of one of my favorite movies. Created with pen and ink and watercolor. Dead or alive, you're coming with me!
illustration of Illustration for upcoming children's book about the nervous feelings of riding a bike for the first time.

Book, Children's book, illustration, watercolor, pen and ink, bike,
illustration of Children's book illustration about a tennis ball. That top ball looks pretty smug, huh? Hand-painted using guache on paper.

Painting, tennis ball, guache, personification,
illustration of Illustration for a childrens book about the life of a tennis ball. This page depicts the sad days as it's hanging in the garage.

Childrens books, childrens illustration, book, picture book
illustration of Social animation celebrating Earth Day
illustration of Here in Minnesota, we get quite a few potholes come spring. And they do quite a bit of damage to cars. But what if it's not the pothole, but the little critter that lives in these deep cavernous holes that just likes to eat tires? Hmmmmm....

illustration, motion, cute, monster, water, puddle, belch, burp, friendly
illustration of Illustration for the book I authored and illustrated. These were hand-painted artworks about a stuffed toy that comes to life, so long as an adult doesn't see it. How can a little boy hide a full-grown giraffe?

Childrens book, illustration, writing, author, painting, painterly, acrylic, character development, animals, color, childrens illustration, books.
illustration of Illustration for the book I authored and illustrated. These were hand-painted artworks about a stuffed toy that comes to life, so long as an adult doesn't see it. How can a little boy hide a full-grown giraffe?

Childrens book, illustration, writing, author, painting, painterly, acrylic, character development, animals, color, childrens illustration, books.
illustration of Illustration for the book I authored and illustrated. These were hand-painted artworks about a stuffed toy that comes to life, so long as an adult doesn't see it. How can a little boy hide a full-grown giraffe?

Childrens book, illustration, writing, author, painting, painterly, acrylic, character development, animals, color, childrens illustration, books.
illustration of This is a campaign for St. David's Center, a child and family development center. They wanted to show the hopes and dreams children have. While connecting back to an actual photo of the child in their facilities, I helped take their dreams and make them feel real.
illustration of Character development for a children's book character about a snake. I wanted to show potential styles of how the snake is portrayed, but also different types of personalities as well.

Children's book illustrations, development, character styles, highlights magazine, pbs, cartoons,
illustration of Illustrations for the children's book
illustration of Illustrations for the children's book
illustration of The children's book
illustration of The children's book
illustration of In celebration of the tradition of riding bikes, I created a retro animation of the player biking and the kid running behind, similar to the 80's game Mike Tyson's Punch Out.
illustration of Comedic NFL  football social post
illustration of Illustration of Minnesota Twins' pitcher José Berríos, with a fastball so powerful it's on fire.

MLB, baseball, home run, explosion, color, social, web, twitter, facebook, instagram, sports, pencil, texture, fans, sports fan, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, artistic
illustration of Illustration depicting Minnesota Twin Nelson Cruz blasting a home run. This social post really captured the excitement and the sound of a home run blast.

MLB, baseball, home run, explosion, color, social, web, twitter, facebook, instagram, sports, pencil, texture, fans, sports fan, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, artistic
illustration of Opening day of baseball illustration to get the Minnesota Twins fans pumped for a great season. The team coming together to celebrate a winning year.

MLB, baseball, home run, explosion, color, social, web, twitter, facebook, instagram, sports, pencil, texture, fans, sports fan, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, artistic
illustration of For social feeds, I created a series of Aaron Rodgers stop motion animations that take a humorous spin on the season as it unfolded. See them all at https://www.instagram.com/cnordeen

football, nfl, animation, stop motion, clay animation, espn, sports illustrated, nbc sports
illustration of Social illustration to celebrate the Super Bowl winning team, the Kansas City Chiefs. Including the star players of the game, it got fans even more excited about their team's victory

Digital illustration, sports, football, NFL, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Topps, Fleer, Upper Deck, portraits, team
illustration of LSU won the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, advancing to the championship. They had already won numerous awards this year, with the last one being the Championship trophy. this depicted the team's major players with that one last space for this special award.

Sports illustration, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, conceptual, realistic, artistic,
illustration of Illustration for the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl to commemorate the two teams vying for the Bowl trophy. The two major players, both Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterbacks, eye the prize as it shines like the holy grail.

Sports illustration, Sports illustrated, ESPN, football, Topps Cards, Upper Deck, College sports,
illustration of The New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, was passing Peyton Manning for most yards thrown in a career. This was an illustration depicting the top four quarterbacks with the ball being passed, signifying their places in NFL history.

Sports illustration, ESPN, NFL, Sports Illustrated, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Colts, Packers, Saints, Football
illustration of Illustration for the Green Bay Packers social media in tribute to past quarterback Bart Starr. This depicts his life through the lens of the Packers organization throughout his long career.

NFL, Packers, football, heritage, social, web, twitter, facebook, instagram, sports, pencil, texture, fans, sports fan, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, artistic
illustration of Social image celebrating the Green Bay Packers first Super Bowl at LA Coliseum.

NFL, Packers, football, heritage, social, web, twitter, facebook, instagram, sports, pencil, texture, fans, sports fan, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, artistic
illustration of Hand-lettered type and illustration to create an animation that takes a headshot and makes it special.

Motion, illustration, hand lettered, after effects, social media, social illustration, instagram, facebook, twitter, Sports Illustrated, ESPN
illustration of Football player Mike Daniels was changing teams. This was a social illustration with motion to show all the teams that he could sign with.

football, NFL, sports marketing, sports, professional, athlete, team, illustration, social marketing, social media, social marketing, motion, animation, browns, vikings, seahawks, cowboys, patriots, texture, painted, portrait, sports celebrity, vibrant, colorful
illustration of Garland Minshew is a fiesty rookie QB with everything to prove and does it his way. And he's succeeding. His cult hero-ship is legendary, creating Minshew Mania! This illustration celebrates him and his carefree persona.

Illustration, football, sports, painterly, artwork, illustrator, portrait, people, hand lettered, Topps sports cards, Sports Illustrated, ESPN
illustration of Illustration of NBA Houston Rocket James Harden after getting poked in the eye. 

Illustration, motion, animation, sports, NBA, James Harden, basketball, sports marketing, social media, social illustration, social marketing, instagram, painted, portrait, beard, vibrant,
illustration of A cat ran around the football field during a Monday Night game and captivated the world. Here's a cute animation of him running down the field.

NFL, football, professional sports, motion, animation, illustration, cat, kitten, running, cute, movement, animal, feline, black cat, football field, sports marketing, social media
illustration of Social illustration commissioned for the New England Patriots for Super Bowl Sunday depicting the Patriots against the world.

NFL, football, illustration, pen, digital, social, instagram, twitter, facebook, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, sports,
illustration of Illustration depicting two star players for the NBA Finals. The motion and grunge feel reflects the overall street ball, high-energy play of both teams.

NBA, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, social illustration, comic book
illustration of Illustration depicting the upcoming NBA playoff match-up and the star players. I used a gritty, street ball grunge look to help bring the excitement and attitude of NBA basketball.

Ink, portraits, grunge, gritty, basketball, playoffs, social illustration, instagram, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, emotion, attitude
illustration of The NBA Minnesota Timberwolves' schedule was being released, and they wanted to gain excitement from their online fanbase. I created a four-part series using different star players from the Wolves and the opposing team. They received great engagement, leading to great initial sales.

NBA, basketball, colorful, design, hand lettered, social, twitter, instagram, facebook, ink, portrait, sports, active, movement, energy,
illustration of The NBA Minnesota Timberwolves' schedule was being released, and they wanted to gain excitement from their online fanbase. I created a four-part illustration series using different star players from the Wolves and the opposing team. They received great engagement, leading to great initial sales.

NBA, basketball, colorful, design, hand lettered, social, twitter, instagram, facebook, ink, portrait, sports, active, movement, energy,
animation of An inviting informational animation created to help tell the story about the food process, and how important it is from production to your table. 

Storyboarding, story, illustration, motion, animation, food, food safety, directing, artistic, painted
animation of Character illustration and animation created for Minnesota's Quitplan, a state-wide program for those who need help quitting smoking. Created the characters and the animation to help tell their story.

Vector, animation, motion, character design, friendly, vibrant, story, advertising, after effects, illustrator, marketing, video, cartoon, social, preroll
illustration of Paper art illustrations for Wholesome! sweeteners uses paper and delicious desserts to create sweet new worlds of tasty treats.

Paper, paper art, sweets, sugar, advertising, marketing, photography, landscape, type design, whimsical, cute, delicious, print, paper design, illustration
illustration of Paper art illustrations for Wholesome! sweeteners uses paper and delicious desserts to create sweet new worlds of tasty treats.

Paper, paper art, sweets, sugar, advertising, marketing, photography, landscape, type design, whimsical, cute, delicious, print, paper design, illustration, winter wonderland, snow, paper snowflake

Profile

I'm a Minneapolis-based illustrator, designer and motion artist who has 20+ years in the advertising and design field. My illustration clients feature professional sports teams like the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Timberwolves. I've illustrated children's books and authored and illustrated my own. Potential clients would include Sports Illustrated, ESPN, advertising agencies, design agencies, in-house marketing groups, children's books, Time magazine, and other editorial publications.

Style/Techniques

Acrylic, Animation, Black & White, Caricature, Cartoon, Clay Sculpture, Conceptual, Cut Paper, Design, Digital, Fine Art, Gouache, Graphic, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Oil, Painterly, Paper Sculpture, Pen & Ink, Realism, Texture, Type Design, Watercolor, Whimsical, Concept Art, Film/Entertainment, Motion, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Animals, Celebrities, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Education, Family, Food, Holidays, Landscape, Packaging, People, Portrait, Sci-Fi, Sports, Toys & Games, Travel, Web Illustration, Wildlife, Food/Beverage, Vintage / Retro, Masculine, Youth, Game, Edgy, Grunge