K.J. Choi, 2011 PLAYERS Champion Portrait, Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, FL

K.J. Choi, PLAYERS Portrait - Chris Duke

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September 21, 2011

K.J. Choi was fun to illustrate after he won THE PLAYERS golf tournament on May 15, 2011. Every year when doing the PLAYERS champion’s portrait, I start with a sketch, and then do a portrait of just the winner’s head. The final step is to complete the portrait by adding various vignettes and text. The framed original artwork hangs in the picturesque Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Choi’s golf swing is one of my favorites for drawing; he is very elegant. The South Korean flag also adds fine international flair to the composition.

Choi's Nashville fans, who have dubbed themselves "Choi’s Bois," are featured in this portrait. Standing behind Choi are other golf stars whom I would love to paint one day. Graeme McDowell, for instance, is the figure in navy blue leaning on his golf clubs. His caddie, in white, has his hand up to his mouth. The endgame gestures and stances of the finalists are intriguing: are these moments of feigned relaxation or genuine repose?

More of my PLAYERS portraits can be found at the link below.