Terry Crews Is Actually a Really Great Illustrator
Is there anything this man can't do?
Unbeknownst to many, Crews is actually a pretty talented illustrator, and his work is currently on the cover of Ad Age's "The 2017 Creativity 50" issue.
In addition to illustrating the Mount Rushmore-inspired cover image, Crews appears on the list of creative figures alongside the likes of Rihanna, Stephen Colbert, Melissa McCarthy, Jordan Peele, Patty Jenkins, Donald Glover and Cardi B.
Crews has since revealed that the cover art was created using acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencils on illustration board, noting that "hand drawing is my preferred medium, but I'm practicing digital skills on Wacom tablet."
Check out his handiwork below.
The 2017 Ad Age Creativity 50: Our annual survey of the year's most influential creative figures: https://t.co/3LjER6ytqH— Ad Age (@adage) December 18, 2017
Fun Fact: Not only did @TerryCrews illustrate the cover -- he's on the list! pic.twitter.com/msCAykghID
It's not Crews' first foray into the art world, though. The athlete-actor-illustrator used to work as a courtroom sketch artist in Flint, MI, and later supplemented his NFL income by commissioning portraits of fellow players.
If that's not an impressive enough CV, the dude also co-founded a design company called Amen&Amen with Nana Boateng, and they've since released a line of furniture and light fixtures.
On top of that, the "Creative 50" isn't the only year-end accolade that Crews received this year; he was named as part of TIME Magazine's "Silence Breakers" for Person of the Year, after speaking out about his experience being sexually assaulted by a Hollywood executive.
The appreciation for Crews' talents has been pouring in on social media, and you can see a selection of those responses below.
I'm here for "Get Terry Crews an American Illustration medal 2018" https://t.co/OlD0R9eUwF— Shanta Claus 🎁 (@shannondrewthis) December 19, 2017
He can draw, and act, *and* appears to be chiseled out of granite? This man just got all the gifts. pic.twitter.com/5UwWLx31Bp— Scott Lawrence 🇯🇲🇺🇸 (@slawrenc1) December 19, 2017
It all makes sense now. pic.twitter.com/WdHDvVkgMV— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) December 19, 2017
I love Terry Crews. I met him on the FRIDAY AFTER NEXT set and spent a long night chatting with him and walked away thinking he was (A) funny as shit and (B) preposterously nice. He just keeps revealing more talent and more heart with time. https://t.co/Un9XQibVhx— DrewMcWeeny (@DrewMcWeeny) December 19, 2017
uh how did i not know that terry crews had a furniture line and design studio?? it's all so pretty i want to die?? pic.twitter.com/EiM78sHyLj— Carina Hsieh (@carinahsieh) June 5, 2017