At New Art Rivals we specialize in creating original art images that celebrate whats great about sports, athletics, and pop culture related rivalries.
All images are illustrated with mixed medium traditional methods and each is an original creation, giving fans of all levels of successful and not so successful teams , franchises and locations an opportunity to celebrate their loyalties.
As we like to say "At New Art Rivals Your team always wins"
Started in 2015 By Audwynn newman and Vicky Haley New Art rivals has quickly turned a passionate hobby and love for both creativity and sports and has turned into a thriving business with customers all across the country.
Below is a brief snap shot at how we ended up where we are.
Audwynn Newman the artist behind all the images has long had an eye for dynamic images. His early influences where Star wars and Godzilla movies and soon became hooked on 80's cartoons like Hong Kong Phooey, Johnny Quest, the Herculoids,Thundarr The Barbarian and many others.
After graduating High school he attended the Joe Kubert school for Cartoon Graphics and Commercial illustration in Dover New Jersey from 89-91. He left school early to persue his career in Comics forging his own path. After a very difficult year of submissions and rejections of his work he landed a One Shot splash page insert for Savage Sword of Conana Saga #81, soon after he was offered a short story in Marvel Comics Excalibur annual #1, and soon after that an 8 issue run on D.C Comics Eclipso The Darkness within as well as work soon there after on Conan The Adventurer for Marvel Comics
Stroke of Luck After the Toy Design and concept art years I went corporate, working as an ops Mgr for FedEx. This was a successful yet very stressful 15 years for me, culminating with a stroke 2 weeks before my 45th Birthday, and just before I officially started The New Art Rivals arm of New Art Studios .I was struck down by a major medicle event.
I can look back and clearly see it was the best thing that ever happend to me. As it helped me put everything in it's proper perspective. My first love art was calling me but the stroke left me unable to use my right side, arm and hand in particular.
With the help of great Dr's and physical and ocupational theropists I was able to use my art to help retrain my mind and body back to an almost full recovery in 4 months!!!!! Unlike being a Mgr for anyone, when I love my work now it always loves me back!
So New Art Rivals was born out of my darkest point in life, thats why it's my " Stroke of Luck" and ive never looked back. Now I get the pleasureof sharing my passion with as many people as possible so thanks for coming along for the ride.
"Louisville Slugger" was the first image I completed after the stroke and still in recovery, I see so many opportunities in the image but I also know how far I had to come to be able to complete it at all.
Theres allot of symbolism going on in this image about how I felt about where I was and where i wanted to go and how I felt about where I used to be and most of all my respect and homage to the greatest.