- Eamonn Brennan, ESPN Staff Writer
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This has long since made the rounds on Twitter by now, including via our friends at ESPN Home Court and SportsCenter, and you can read more about it at Larry Brown Sports. But come on. Really? You thought I wasn't going to post about this? You thought I wasn't going to find a way to get it on the site, if only to preserve its record (and make it more easily searchable) each and every time I want to see it again? Pshh. Of course I am.
Anyway, we're talking, of course, about Kentucky fan and portrait artist Danny Palmer, who tweeted his portrait of Anthony Davis around 5 p.m. Thursday. Kentucky Sports Radio soon picked it up, and away it went, blowing up across the Internet like a kid hugging goats. (Awwww.)
The portrait is four feet by four feet, and Palmer said he used three boxes of Kix, three boxes of Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs, and a few pieces of Cap'n Crunch for the earrings, because attention to detail is really what it's all about. And even the most die-hard Louisville fan would have to admit: It really is kind of cool. (You know ESPN's whole, "It's not crazy, it's sports" marketing campaign? Danny Palmer just made the marketing team's life really easy.)
When I first saw this portrait, the first thing I thought was, "Wow, I'm starving, and Reese's Puffs sound amazing right now. Do we have any cereal in the kitchen?" The second thing I thought was, "Wow, that really, really reminds me of a Frida Kahlo self-portrait." Which I then immediately Googled, and guess what: I was right. The similarities are, um, striking.
If only Kahlo had refined starch pellets with cartoon mascots to use for artistic materials in her day. Alas.