Sunday, March 23, 2014

SlydePress Redleg Annual 2014

It's been out for a few weeks now, but in case you missed it:  I was excited to once again create the cover art for this year's SlydePress Redleg Annual, an e-book with lots of different articles by lots of different terrific writers, previewing the upcoming 2014 season of my beloved Cincinnati Reds. (I did last year's cover, too.)

The theme this year was keeping the window of contention open.  As you can see...

This was the first illustration I did on pastel paper I made myself using watercolor paper painted over with Colourfix primer. You can see the plethora of textures (watercolor paper + brushstrokes + the tooth of the primer + pastel) at work here-- or at least I can!

And here's the illustration in context:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Here we go, 2014.

Print available for purchase at Imagekind.
This is my seventh year commemorating the start of spring training ("pitchers and catchers report day" for my favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds) with an original baseball-themed illustration.

This year's gesture drawing-inspired illustration features the fastest player in baseball. Seriously, watch Billy Hamilton run. It's a thing of beauty. And he'll be a key factor, one way or the other, for my team this season. So on your mark, get set...  GO BASEBALL GO!!!

Also: I realized after drawing this that I've now done illustrations of the platonic ideals of running, hitting, and pitching (faceless, identity-less everyplayers who were, nevertheless, modeled on Reds!) Next year... defense?

[Memory lane:  20082009201020112012, 2013]


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