medalists

Consequences of my actions

Purpose: through words and likeness illustrate the Olympians who received little fanfare and attention.

Illustrator: Alex Savakis. Created on an iPad Pro with the ProCreate app and Apple Pencil.

While I was drawing on my iPad my TV was tuned to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. I heard the TV announcer say, “What gravity?”, in reference to a comment by Mutaz Essa Barshin. Mr. Barshim participated in the high jump. He was the first person to bring home a silver medal for his country, Qatar.

I imagined the elation Mr. Barshim felt as he cleared the high jump bar. I posted the piece to Instagram and Twitter. Two days later it was picked up by an online magazine from Doha, Qatar, who retweeted it.

Hidilyn Diaz was the first female to win a medal for her country, the Philippines. She took home the bronze medal for her weightlifting class. Two weeks after I posted my illustration she was tagged by a friend in the comments section of my Instagram post. The athlete responded. I was thrilled by her comment.