The US Open and Andre Agassi
At the US Open, Andre Agassi played competitive tennis for the last time. The New York Times asked me to paint Andre and see if I could show the two different eras of the tennis great.
I first thought a tennis racket would be a good divider, but after sketching that I found it too wide and thought maybe a trompe of two different photos might work. I then recalled a Time cover from the 50's of Althea Gibson. It's really great and shows her likeness with a background of a tennis court from above.
I offered a sketch of that idea and got approval and went to finish.