Sports Artist Spotlight: Maz Adams
It was the love of comic books while growing up that helped lead Maz Adams to his passion for drawing.
“It didn’t matter to me who the artist was at the time,” Adams recalls. “I would go to the corner comic shop and pick out an issue solely based on the cover, whatever grabbed my attention.” From there, he developed his own style from studying the art inside.
He learned well, and today Adams is a recognized artist who is also an officially licensed Topps artist, creating sketch cards for various products. “I can honestly say that is a bucket list item and a huge honor for me,” Adams says.
What does he want people to take away from his work? “I hope people who see my work think it’s unique,” he says. “I try to include an element or symbol that people would associate with the athlete, whether it’s a watercooler for Paul O’Neill, fish for Mike Trout or popcorn for Don Mattingly. It’s kind of my trademark. The trick is providing a reference that the viewer will pick up on.”