Illustrator Steve Welsh, better known to many as miniboro, creates unique artwork around the sport of soccer. For issue One of XI, he is contributing a piece titled “Celtic’s Black Arrow: A Portrait of Father and Son, Gil (Scott) Heron” about the famous poet-musician and his father, famous in his own right as the first black player to play for Celtic’s first team. Here Welsh discusses how he is portraying this unique father-son pairing.
Steve Welsh is an artist originally from Middlesbrough, where he got his first taste of being “published” during the inky-fingered fanzine movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s when he produced cartoons and graphics. His current site, Miniboro, is dedicated to his hometown team but also to the beautiful game in general. Welsh’s work has been showcased by the likes of Four Four Two magazine and FHM. He is a current nominee for the FSF Writers Awards (Football Website of the Year) and will also have a piece on display at the newly opened National Football Museum in Manchester.