I am Mark Yesilevskiy and I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and goalkeeper based out of Buffalo, New York.
My passion for soccer and the beautiful game in most of its forms defines my art. On the field, I play goalkeeper and I believe it affords me a greater view of what is happening by being able to see everything that is in front of me.
After all, soccer is a game of decisions. When the attacker breaks through the defensive line and pulls back their shooting leg to fire the ball into the back of the net, the goalkeeper only has a split second to read the signs. Which way is the plant foot pointing? Are the hips open and which direction are they indicating? Is the striker giving you the target with their eyes? Are the defenders going to force him one way or another?
Design is much the same. When you make the right calls, it’s much like when a goalkeeper plays out of their skin and makes saves that they have no business making. That is my goal as a designer.