Sketch cards | Topps Baseball

I’m new to the world of trading card collectors but I’m trying to stay ahead of the learning curve.  If you happen to be a collector, then you’re no doubt familiar with Topps Redemptions, a program wherein a lucky collector can pull a “winning” card and redeem it for various prizes, including autographed memorabilia and artists’ sketch cards.  That’s where I come in.

I recently lent a hand, helping Topps to fulfill some of their 2009 Baseball Series 1 redemptions (I guess they’re a bit behind schedule).  Below are the 25 cards that I completed on commission.  In addition I was allowed to keep 5 cards for myself (though I’ve yet to tackle those puppies) – I’ll probably execute those five in full color and sell them off right here on the site, so stay tuned.  Until then… Scans below.

Painting with condiments

This sketch is about 3-4 years old, but I only just rediscovered it. If I remember correctly, it was inspired by a magazine cover of Rachel Weisz, though damned if I can find it now. I remember, in the absence of any art supplies (I was staying with my mother at the time), it seemed a fine idea to raid the fridge and see what I could achieve with ketchup and mustard.  I believe white-out was employed for the highlights and I upped the saturation in Photoshop afterwards.  The whole thing made for a funky afternoon.

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David

Much excitement in Jeffville today.  Just a short two months after my brush with Neil Gaiman, I was able to get another of my portraits signed by the subject, in this instance, Mets third baseman David Wright.  No, I didn’t get to meet David myself, but my wife was able to take part in a meet & greet this afternoon and Mr. Wright was kind enough to sign a new painting I whipped up for the occasion.  I’m pretty pumped and can’t wait for her to get home so I can scan it and post it.  In the meanwhile, here’s the portrait.

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And here are the original sketches, pre-photoshop-paint-job. Click to enlarge.
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Death to Erasers!

I’m an artist who never gets it right the first time.  Or the second for that matter.  When I was a kid, I used to tear through my paper with my eraser.  That’s why I love Photoshop.  Mouth too big?  Nose too small?  No worries, I’ll Fix It In Post!  Death to erasers!

For instance, here’s an example of the evolution of a sketch of my beautiful wife.

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