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.

2010 Topps National Chicle Baseball

I’m very proud to be a part of the upcoming all-painting 2010 National Chicle baseball trading card set from the Topps Company. On Friday, Topps gave Beckett Media a sneak peak at some of the cards from the set, including my artwork for the Gordon Beckham/ Evan Longoria Dual Autograph card (right).

In truth, neither of these are my strongest work from the set. Moreover, had I known the artwork would be cropped in this fashion, I would’ve approached both compositions differently. I’m probably just being picky, however.  At least one blogger thinks the card’s alright, and the fans are what matters.

Hopefully in the coming weeks I’ll be able to showcase some of my other work from the set. In the meanwhile you can gander at the below artwork featuring Indians rookie Carlos Carrasco. The below image is NOT one of the pieces I produced for Topps, but it should give you a sense of what to expect from my work on Chicle. Hope you dig it.

BRONKO!

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Did this one on spec.

The task was to recreate this 1935 trading card featuring former football player Bronko Nagurski, see right.

As usual, sketched in pencil, scanned and painted in Photoshop.  I’m happy with the way it turned out. It’s a shame that things didn’t work out with the client.

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DWright Likes my Art

dwright_autographed_webWell, I teased it on Tuesday, and here it is. My darling wife was able to take part in a meet & greet with Mets third baseman David Wright, and I finished a special portrait for the occasion. Check out the gallery below for photos from the event.

For those keeping score at home, this is the second portrait I’ve painted this year that I’ve been able to have signed by the subject. In the first instance it was my literary hero Neil Gaiman, and in this instance it’s my athletic hero DWright. There aren’t too many people better than me right now. Maybe a couple, but not too many.

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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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Yanks/Sox Fans

my take on the yankee fan and the sox fan. granted, i am biased…but i tried to be as impartial as possible. next up, the met fan…which should really put my impartiality to the test…

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