I needed something visual (and captivating) to close out the book. Only problem? It also had to capture Kevin’s rise, include his snow caps and feature his cultural impact. Not helping matters, I only allowed myself a double-page spread (to work with) and given the three pre-mentioned items don’t naturally overlap, I was left searching for a common thread.
After putting the piece on ice, I stumbled across the idea of framing a couple of Kevin’s magazine covers. The first idea featured a trio of front pages: one pre-NBA, one dedicated to his scoring titles and one about his international showing. The idea was simple enough. It was also classic and fitting.
After collecting all the covers, the idea evolved into a single entry from each media outlet but after that proved too difficult, the task turned into a dedicated wall of front pages… which later developed into a gallery setting / wing that would be home to Durant’s many print spotlights. What was surprising (during the research phase) was just how many covers K.D has graced (over the years).
For the record, mid 2013 was the cover consideration cut-off, hence why SLAM Presents KICKS, Sole Collector and other recent K.D looks don’t appear in the image above. Dually, I left images off just to give the impression that there’s more to the Hall of Kevin than what’s seen above… And lets face it, who doesn’t want to take a casual stroll down K.D lane?
For more Kevin Durant covers, scroll through this blog. A new one was, after all, posted daily in isolation (and often lifted from the gallery image above). Thanks again to all the outlets who’ve provided images for the artwork
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