Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Old Ballgame


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"That's the true harbinger of spring, not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of a bat on a ball."  
- Bill Veeck

"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." - A. Bartlett Giametti

"Baseball, it is said, is only a game.  True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona."  -George F. Will
For any baseball fan, "Pitchers and Catchers Report Day," the dawn of spring training and thus a new season, is a veritable feast day. I've celebrated the last four years by creating an original baseball-themed illustration.  After highlighting the hitter last year, I thought I'd focus this year on the pitcher, for a few reasons:  (1)  they're the ones reporting to Arizona today, along with their battery mates, and (2) for the first time since I can remember, I'm excited for the Reds' pitching.  Seriously, you guys, I have a good feeling about this year.  Go Reds!
[Memory lane:  2008, 2009, 2010, 2011]

3 comments:

  1. Lovely job with the rich pastels (at least I think pastels!) Really nice layout and lovely style. Although, I have to admit I am not a sports fan and I like your banner with the great colors and kitchen implements more!

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  2. Thanks for your kind words, Cindy! Yes, this (and almost everything here) was done in pastels. Messy, colorful fingers are my calling card! ;)

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  3. I agree, the pastels are lovely. Yay baseball!

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