James Harden Illustrated

James Harden Illustrated is a project where the profile of James Harden is illustrated using various mediums, techniques, and styles. Without creative brief or constraints from the client, this experiment is like a training ground for a creative mind. This project is about avoiding enslavement of an expression to a single style. The theme of James Harden’s profile is chosen because of the belief that constraints will produce more creative approaches and out-of-the-box solutions. Some results will be led by more stylistic and aesthetic ideas, others by conceptual or metaphorical. The project was exhibited at Art Basel Miami 2019.

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#36 Harden in Foam  

James Harden is killing the germs while washing his hands for 20 seconds, as should all of you. Meet Harden in Foam, 36th portrait of James Harden. 


#35 Welcome to  Harden’s Barbershop  

 Why James Harden doesn’t own a franchise of barbershops? I made a logo for this perfect business idea. Welcome to Harden’s Barbershop.  


#34 The Offseason

In 1000 years, after we’re all gone, aliens will dig this skull somewhere in North America and ask themselves who the hell was this.


#33 Paint Your Harden

Artwork no. 33 lets you be a part of James Harden Illustrated project! Download this artwork, print it out and color it.


#32 Harden in Campbell’s

Thirty-second Harden is a homage to series of 32 paintings by Andy Warhol (Cambell’s Soup Cans), created in 1962.


#31 Suspect

Suspect fired 26 shots last night and left this fingerprint at the crime scene in Salt Lake City.


#30 Summer is Coming

I dropped an ice cream to the ground and created Summer is Coming, portrait number thirty!


#29 Black Hole

Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy. Sorta looks like James Harden?


#28 Harden the Scorer

Meet Harden the Scorer, he’s is hidden in the illustration of the greatest sound there is: swish. There is one rule for looking at this portrait — this has to be your background music.


#27 Great Wave off Hardenia

Great Wave off Hardenia is inspired by the iconic artwork by Hokusai from 19th century. If you don’t know where Hardenia island is, find portrait #6.


#26 Dylan Harden

James Harden portrait inspired by the iconic Bob Dylan poster created by legendary Milton Glaser.

#25 James Harden ft. Louis Armstrong

Portrait inside of a portrait. Two virtuoses getting together for a special jazz + New Orleans All Star 2017 Game themed portrait.

#24 World of James Harden 

Earth is not round, it’s James Harden-shaped.

#23 James Harden in One Line

Drawing of James Harden in a single, very long line. Can you find the two ends?

#22 Harden Simpson

Newest member of Simpson family.

#21 Hurricane James Harden

Apparently, there’s a huge hurricane about to hit USA. Alert is issued.

#20 Phrenology of James Harden

Dive inside the mind of James Harden and see many tiny details and references from his life and his game.

#19 James Harden emoji

Why is there no such thing as James Harden emoji? This is smallest portrait in the collection.

#18 Harden the Chef

Portrait shaped by James Harden's signature celebration — stirring the pot after made basket.

#17 Censored Harden

Despite using couple of grayscale pixels, you know who is this.

#16 Harden's Olive Oil

Portrait made from real Mediterranean olive oil, produced by my family. Created using ear sticks!

#15 Beard Bird

There's a bird hiding in Harden’s beard all along. This is a sequel to #7, Whale portrait.

#14 Human Hair Harden

Portrait made out of real human hair. Yahoo wrote a story about this.

#13 James Harden in Flowers

Floral James Harden is a first handmade portrait in collection, carefully arranged from a Mediterranean garden. Made from roses, rosemary, vine, agave, briar and much more.

#13 Thirty-four days later

This is an actual image of Floral portrait exactly 34 days after it was arranged.

#12 Kandinsky Harden

James Harden Composition Twelve. Homage to Wassily Kandinsky, author of first purely abstract painting.

#11 Ancient Greek Philosopher

Bust of James Harden, ancient greek philosopher, 470–389 B.C.

#10 Camouflage Harden

James Harden hiding in camo.

#9 Harden Swarm

Swarm forms a profile.

#8 Botanical Harden

Botanical digital collage experiment including layers of ground, birds, grass, fern, wood rings, bushes, etc.

#7 Whale Beard

If you stare at this man’s profile for a while, like I do, you can see a giant whale swimming inside Harden’s beard.

#6 Isle of Hardenia

Map drawing of Hardenia, amazing island in a middle of Rockets Seas with a lot places to go. Visit Beard Valley, Hardensville, Beard Forest and more.

#5 Hardenalis Beardoid

Medical illustration of James Harden. Beard implemented itself as part of his muscle anatomy as Hardenalis Beardoid.

#4 Psychedelic James Harden

This portrait is of the crowd favorite from the entire series.

#3 In Between the Lines

There's a James Harden somewhere around here.

#2 Splattered James Harden

Ever wondered how would Jackson Pollock paint James Harden? I did.

#1 First James Harden

This is how it all started. First portrait, which sparked the idea of doing another one.