Behind The Cover: The Pipeline Issue


Surfing was a new subject for talented Taiwanese illustrator Yu-Ming Huang, a fan of basketball who has produced portraits of NBA standouts like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Yet his image of Hawaiian surfer John John Florence is one of the most powerful depictions we’ve seen of the newly crowned world champion. We liked its emotional intensity so much we put the drawing on the cover of our second issue. Below are the sketches Yu-Ming produced as he worked toward the final product. You can see more of Yu-Ming’s work here or in person at the URANIUM TAIPEI gallery in Taipei, Taiwan. His one man show, “Dreamers Tell Stories,” runs through the end of the year.

John John Florence, Sketch # 1

John John Florence, sketch # 2

John John Florence, sketch # 3

The final illustration

Issue 2 cover

The cover