Do not despair! There are plenty of ways to satisfy all of your baseball cravings during the winter months! This piece was created to illustrate 'A Fan's Guide To The Offseason' for Major League Baseball. I was fortunate to have a few pieces accepted into the Society of Illustrator's 50th annual exhibition, and this was one of them. Medium: Acrylic on cheap cardboard from the back of a pad of tracing paper. A few details follow...
One of the smaller pieces......
ragNovember 27, 2007
Congratulations on SI stuff. Love the drawing going on here. This is a great way to recycle cardboard. Gives me an idea for an old mattress...
John DykesNovember 27, 2007
RAG - You'll need Epson's new Mattress Scanner 3000.
Paul RogersNovember 27, 2007
Nice, nice, nice. I love the mix of painted images and hand-lettering.
Richard AllenNovember 27, 2007
Congrats on the SI thing! Particularly like the California image.
Dale StephanosNovember 27, 2007
These are great John. I'm looking forward to breathing on them up close in NYC.
John DykesNovember 27, 2007
Dale, I'll be sure to double plexi this one... but please, no flashbulbs.
Adam McCauleyNovember 27, 2007
Sweet piece, John. We're mulling over trying to come out there in March, maybe we'll see you there.
barry blittNovember 27, 2007
Yeah, great art John, you unbelievable bastard.
[whoops, pardon the mild hostility - left over from my
first marriage, it has nothing to do with you, let it go]
jeff mooresNovember 28, 2007
really nice, John-- love the colors!!
J.D. KingNovember 28, 2007
J'accuse! You are a bigot!
Some of us care not one whit about baseball -- or any stupid sport dominated by a gang of steroid addled thugs, perpetuated by greedy corporations, cheered by brain-dead oafs.
You have done no drawings for us. What are we? CHOPPED LIVER!??
Hal MayforthNovember 28, 2007
Beautiful piece, John. I question your choice of substrate, however.
Zina SaundersNovember 28, 2007
Great stuff, John! I really love the kid in the snow. And all the others.
Alex MurawskiNovember 28, 2007
John, Congratulations on SI... for some very nice images. I really enjoy the closeups.
As for Hal's concern.... I feel certain this work was done on something like.... Hahnemuhle 100% recycled archival tracing paper backing board. Work like this deserves no less!!
Leo EspinosaNovember 28, 2007
Congrats John! I dig that last one.
Alan WitschonkeNovember 28, 2007
Great stuff, John. Of course, we Bostonians can afford to be smug and we"ll fare better than most this winter because of that little World Series trophy. One question: how come you don't have Winter Haven on the map? (or wherever the Sox are training this winter).
John DykesNovember 28, 2007
Thanks Adam! Make the trip! Then swing by Boston area fer some good home cookin'.
Barry - I LOVE you goddammit. You know that. You KNOW that. Now climb down off of there before you hurt someone. C'mon. And breathe....2...3...
Jeff, J.D., Hal,
cheers to 'substrate' - a fine word.
Zina - I'll mail you the original if you keep this up....
Alex - How...did.... you....
...know(?) keen eyeballing there!
Leo and Alan - thanks... don't know why Winter Haven was not on the list... and I was just too afraid to ask. I couldda lost the job for that kind of talk....
Next to come: Series of chopped liver studies.