“I did not pick him based on his game. I just wanted to find someone aesthetically interesting,” the Croatia-based artist told CNN.
Harden is certainly that, one of the more recognizable NBA stars thanks to oversized facial hair. “He has this really nice and unique profile with his beard,” Peraic said.
“He already knew about my project because some reporters asked him,” Peraic said. But while Peraic has yet to meet Harden, a Twitter shout out was the next best thing. “This was the first time that he directly spoke to me,” said Peraic. “And it’s a great feeling and I’m glad he did.
“That profile is sort of like a frame throughout which I express myself.”
But all the time spent drawing and designing doesn’t mean Peraic hasn’t taken notice of Harden’s impressive run.
“I’m a fan of his game and he’s basically changing the game as we know it with his style of play,” Peraic said.
The Rockets’ game plan has made for regular-season success, but it has yet to translate to an NBA Final berth with Harden on the squad.
However, Houston will certainly rely on its star, who helped last year’s team come to within a game of the NBA Finals. And while Harden may have spent a few days retweeting Peraic’s images, the Rockets’ guard likely will have more pressing things on his mind during this postseason, namely, an NBA championship.
That’s a hard-working sentiment that resonates with Peraic. “This project is like a creative challenge for me,” he said. “It sounds really fun drawing James Harden over and over again. But I’m quite serious about it.”