Joey Ellis is an illustrator & designer form Charlotte, NC who specializes in character design for brands, games and stories of all kinds. I've been following him for a little while and discovered a small series of illustrations he did of some of his favorite players on the Carolina Panthers.
It's always nice to see the final product but one of my favorite things in design to see is the process of illustrators. Fortunately, Joey sometimes shares the different steps on his Dribbble page.
It's cool to see how the illustrations starts with a rough sketch and then turns into something more cartoonish with some color and shading.
I know it's a different demographic that the NFL is used to focusing on, but I could see these illustrations turning into some form of Saturday morning cartoon that kids would love.