Craig Alan of the Deljou Art Group creates “populist” paintings where he makes portraits (like Marilyn Monroe and the Statue of Liberty) using small figures. I immediately thought of him for this story about introducing kids to summer Olympic sports. My original idea was to create the Olympic rings out of tiny, child figures wearing the Olympic colors. However, his lawyer quickly noted that there could be copyright issues with the Olympic logo. Alan came up with the concept instead, which worked brilliantly.