This is a gallery of images that capture the essence of the man who has captivated us since his days as a basketball player.

The images, taken by the BBC Sport Digital team, are part of a series called ‘Kobe Bryant: The Definitive Collection’.

The team behind the series said: “Kobe has always been a great artist.

His paintings have been as timeless as they are beautiful.”

When we took this project, we wanted to capture the beauty of his style and the passion of his life and we’re delighted to have captured the images in this series.

“Kobe’s career in sport: A journey through his careerThe images, made by the team behind ‘Kobes Art’, are part: ‘The Kobe Bryant: Complete Collection’ by BBC SportDigital