The 2019 US Open Championship (the 119th playing of the US Open, which is one of the four major championships held each year) is back again at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula in California. The last time this championship was held at Pebble Beach was nine years ago in 2010, which was won by Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell with a four round total score of even par. (Gregory Havret of France was 2nd at +1, then Ernie Els at +2, then Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods both at +3…)
Posted below are two posters I had created back in 2010, both featuring Pebble Beach as host of the US Open Championship that year.
Soaring Above Pebble
The above poster I created back in 2010 to highlight the Pebble Beach Golf Links hosting the 110th playing of the US Open Championship that year. I created a cinematic Hitchcockian birds-eye-view of the famed golf course, as if seen from high in the sky from the perspective of seagulls soaring silently above the Monterey Bay with the famed links far below… I created this image by painting several separate components then composed them in layers in Photoshop. First I painted the seagulls, using gouache. Then I painted the background Pacific Ocean separately, also with gouache. Next I painted the golf course using a combination of gouache and pastels… Once all these separate elements were scanned into Photoshop I arranged and modified them, did a lot of additional digital painting, especially to the golf course area, added in the misty clouds, the hand-drawn title, etc… (For those golfers familiar with Pebble Beach, to give some clarity on what part of the golf course is in the art, the short par 3 seventh hole can be seen on the left side at the top of the section of the course jutting up into the ocean -just below the beak of the largest seagull.) The overall size in approximately 22” x 17.”
The above poster I also created back in 2010 to highlight the Pebble Beach Golf Links hosting the 110th playing of the US Open Championship that year. The view is looking out toward the silvery ocean and gathering clouds… and in the foreground, one of the greens on the course and a wind-blown cypress tree. I created this art entirely digitally in Adobe Illustrator on a Wacom digital drawing tablet. The overall size in approximately 17” x 22.”
It will be very interesting to see what the winning score will be this week when the 119th playing of the US Open concludes this Sunday at Pebble Beach. Nine years ago when the US Open was played at Pebble Beach the winning score was just even par. I have a feeling that no matter how narrow the fairways are reduced to, or how quick and firm the greens might be from limited watering by the USGA, the winning score in the end will be around -6 under par. Just a guess!