Monday, January 3, 2011
Last Wednesday I was contacted with a new assignment for Lindy's Sports Annual (the baseball edition). I'm always up for sports illustrations. They tend to be different enough from my normal scope of work that it's challenging and fun. Aw, who am I kidding? I don't know that I have a "normal scope of work". Just about every illustration job is different (and I love it).
At any rate, while I love football, no sport holds for me as much excitement as baseball. Watching it as a kid seems to have forever placed it in my brain onto a magic pedestal along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Captain Crunch. So, suffice it to say that baseball illustrations in particular are a real pleasure to draw. There. I knew there was a point in there somewhere.
The first illustration will accompany an article about how difficult it's been to predict baseball contenders as of late. I enjoyed drawing/painting the lighting in this one. Illustration number two is Roy Halladay.
Roy does not have an easy face to draw. I run into this occasionally. Some people just give me trouble. Typically, it's people without many distinguishing characteristics or features. The most symmetrical faces are the hardest for me. There's nothing to focus on. Nothing to draw (har har) the attention, nothing to exaggerate. But I worked and worked and worked and eventually wrestled this illustration into a satisfactory form. Hopefully it looks like Roy Halladay. I'm occasionally tempted to draw a big arrow pointing to whomever I've just drawn and write beneath the arrow "This is a drawing of (person's name)". Hey, it's cool for political cartoonists, right?