There are incredible athletic performances then there are beautiful works of art, that tell stories about said performances. Sam Roman is a story teller when it comes to graphic design and photography. Residing in Orlando, Sam Roman has created a diverse portfolio, including works of art revolving sports. I got the chance to interview Sam, the creator of the Uncontested Shots logo, and I'm excited to provide his story. Read his interview below and check out some of his work, at the bottom of this page. Don't forget to follow him on instagram: @Sammyr.
*All photos included in this post were created/shot/designed by Sam*
Sam Roman | IG: @Sammyr
What’s your favorite piece of sport related art? Why?
There are many great sport pieces of art but right now my favorite is called Air Superiority Fighter F-23 by Ryan Simpson (@rtsimp). He combines the greatest basketball players of all time with his amazing style of designing.
What do you love about sports the most?
Hmm.. After watching Derrick Rose hit a 3-point game winner during the playoff series in Game 3 vs The Cavs at the United Center in Chicago it brought the true passion of sports out of me; Any other answer would just be weak.
To view what Sam is referring to click here
What inspires you to create/designing?
Lately my biggest Inspirations come from Social media, mainly Instagram. I have been following and mimicking a lot of creative people over the years and putting my own twist to it.
How long have you been creating/designing?
I started designing around 2010 but moved more into photography and editing last year (2015).
What’s the best piece of art you’ve created that’s related to sports?
I can't choose my best piece of art but Michael Jordan's painting is up there. There was no direction just decided to paint and stop whenever I felt it was good to mount it on my wall.
Who’s your favorite athlete of all time? Why?
Tracy McGrady. He was the athlete that really got me into basketball / sports. His sheer determination to will a team to victory was really inspiring. 13 points in 35 seconds!!!
If you could work with any sport team producing art/photos what team would it be? Why?
I would work for any sports team that would allow me to be creative and create content. Although there is one I'd refuse working for... Real Madrid. 😄
What aspirations do you have as a creator/designer?
Reach a level of creativity where I'm pushing content out almost everyday.
What inspired the uncontested shots logo?
Your previous shitty logo.
Also I wanted to keep the simplicity of the basketball and the previous colors but with a unique look. [I] Started working with how we could create the same basketball logo with the initials incorporated. The goal was to understand the logo without noticing any letter right off the bat.
Well... hopefully it worked.
Check out some of Sam's photography work below displaying some awesome sport spectacles. Follow Sam on instagram @Sammyr to view more of his work.