No ballpark is created equal

 

Outline Ballparks

 

 

As a minimalist artist, I tend to look at ballparks differently.

One of my favorite parts of baseball is the ballparks.  More than any other sports, each team’s home stadium is unique and becomes that fans “home away from home”.  In my travels in baseball, I remember a discussions about ballparks with a fan and something that stuck with me was the idea that no ballpark is the same dimensions.  How many sports can you say that?  We don’t spend a second thinking how much of an advantage that has for the home team.

So early this year I illustrated 30 minimalist ballpark illustrations which highlights the diversity in these venues. Typical with my artwork, there are no words needed.  If you know your ballpark, you know your ballpark – just by the shape of the stadium.  All 30 ballpark are dimensionally correct and if you stacked all these images on top of each other, each base will line up perfectly.  The white outline represents the outer wall of each ballpark.  Minimalism is about less is more.  As you scroll through all these ballparks, you start noticing some of the famous features of the various stadiums – McCovey’s Cove in San Francisco, the short porch in the Bronx, the green monster in Boston and the foul ground in Oakland.

Each of these illustrations are officially licensed artwork by Major League Baseball.

Open Edition Art Posters will be available for a limited time on my website.

 

World Series Game Seven Sketches

Live Sketching At The World Series

I made it!  I can proudly say that I’ve been to two World Series Game 7s back to back!  In both cases, I felt that history was in the making so it’s my “job” to witness these events as an artist.  So I brought my sketchbook, and decided to hammer out as many sketches of the game as I saw it.  Honestly after the first six games, I was expecting anything from good to great with a possibility of epic, but alas it was never meant to be.  The game was a dud. But there were little nuggets of excitement that I was able to capture.  Knowing I have fans on both sides and not knowing the outcome, I alternated each sketch from Astros to Dodgers.

*NOTE I’m working on authenticating each sketch with the MLB.  If you are interested in a postcard size print for $10 please let me know by emailing me at pootpoot@sprestondesigns.com.

SKETCH #1 – Pregame

First game 7 sketch is Orbit in the media scrum!!! #astros #Orbit #Worldseries @astros#Sketch #baseball

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SKETCH #2 – Pregame

Second World Series sketch is the Top Deck pregame. #Dodgerd @Dodgers #Worldseries #sketch #art #baseball #mlb

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SKETCH #3 – Pregame

Are u ready for history to be earned??? #EarnHistory #Worldseries #Astros @astros #sketch

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SKETCH #4 – Pregame

Third sketch for game 7 of the World Series. #Dodgers #baseball #sketch #Worldseries #GoDodgers

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SKETCH #5 – First Inning

Astros plate one early to take a 1-0 lead. #LiveSketching. #worldseries #astros @astros

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SKETCH #6 – Second Inning

George Springer breaks it wide open with an OppoTaco. #Worldseries #LiveSketch #Astros #mlb #Art #Sketch @astros @mlb

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SKETCH #7 – Second Inning

Kershaw comes in to stop the bleeding. #Livesketch #Dodgers

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SKETCH #8 – Fifth Inning

‪Brad Peacock eats up some valuable innings. #LiveSketch. #WorldSeries‬ #astros #sketch #art #sport @astros @mlb

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SKETCH #9 – Sixth Inning

In the Sixth inning, the Dodgers finally score a run to cut the deficit to 5-1. #LiveSketch #Dodgers #baseball #art #mlb @dodgers @mlb

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SKETCH #10 – Seventh Inning

In the Sixth inning, the Dodgers finally score a run to cut the deficit to 5-1. #LiveSketch #Dodgers #baseball #art #mlb @dodgers @mlb

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SKETCH #11 – Ninth Inning

World Series sketches – time for champagne and ski goggles. #Astros #sketch #worldseries #baseball #earnedhistory

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And if you were wondering, yes we have a new World Series Princess in the mix…

 

Minimalist Ballpark Sketch series

30 Minimalist Ballpark Sketches in 30 Days

As a minimalist artist, I tend to look at ballparks differently.

So, earlier this year, I challenged myself to draw 30 minimalist ballpark illustrations of all 30 MLB ballparks in 30 days.  I’ve had a lot of ideas over the years as I travel from stadium to stadium but not all of them translate well to my digital artwork.  So I decided to use the good old pen and paper and sketch a feature from each ballpark that I thought was unique to each baseball stadium.

Each of these illustrations are officially licensed artwork by Major League Baseball.

Original Artwork will be sold on auction at MLB.com/auctions starting June 5th.
–  We will launch an auction for one ballpark sketch each day for 30 days.
–  Each auction will last 7 days and the opening bid will be $1.

Limited Edition Art Prints will be limited to 42 prints and are available on my website.

CITY BY CITY SALE FOR OPENING DAY

CITY BY CITY SALE FOR OPENING DAY

Its here, and it’s spectacular!  Opening Day for the baseball season is one of the most magical days.  For me it has a lot to do with the withdrawal but also has to do with the hope of making a magical playoff run, or having my team be better than expected.

Once again, I will be having a city by city sale, and this year, there is no restriction.  You can order any product on my website that day for 20% off.  This include posters, prints, watches and everything!.  Each day I will offer a new coupon code for each baseball city or state.  Any artwork I have for that city or state will have the discount, including other sport stadiums.

So without further adooooo! Mark it in your calendars!  Here’s the city sale schedule:

4/3 – Seattle – CODE: MARINERSPITCH
4/4 – Texas – CODE: TEXASPITCH
4/5 – LA / OC – CODE: LAPITCH
4/6 – Bay Area – CODE: BAYPITCH
4/7 – Detroit – CODE: TIGERSPITCH
4/8 – Kansas City – CODE: KCPITCH
4/9 – Cleveland – CODE: THELANDPITCH
4/10 – Minnesota – CODE: TWINSPITCH
4/11 – Chicago – CODE: CHITOWNPITCH
4/12 – New York – CODE: NYPITCH
4/13 – Toronto – CODE: TOPITCH
4/14 – Boston – CODE: BOSOXPITCH
4/15 – Florida – CODE: FLORDIAPITCH
4/16 – Baltimore – CODE: BIRDLANDPITCH
4/17 – Denver – CODE: ROCKIESPITCH
4/18 – San Diego – CODE: PADRESPITCH
4/19 – Phoenix – CODE: DBACKSPITCH
4/20 – Milwaukee/Wis – CODE: BREWCREWPITCH
4/21 – St. Louis – CODE: CARDSPITCH
4/22 – Cincinnati – CODE: REDSPITCH
4/23 – Pittsburgh – CODE: BUCSPITCH
4/24 – Atlanta/Ga – CODE: BRAVESPITCH
4/25 – Washington,DC – CODE: DCPITCH
4/26 – Philadelphia – CODE: PHILLYPITCH

Tribute Art to Arnold Palmer

Tribute Art to Arnold Palmer

I was just processing the tragic death of Jose Fernandez, and the emotional roller coaster of the Dodgers game (walk off HR to win the NL East and the final home game of Vin Scully).  Then I get the news of the death of the legendary golfer Arnold Palmer.  I’m not a big golf fan, but there are some names of athletes that transcends their game and into the common lexicon.  I don’t think anyone wouldn’t recognize the name, and know his connection to the game of golf.  I created this illustration of the great golfer, to homage the mocktail that we all know named after him.  There’s many stories on how that name was invented, but I think we can agree we can raise this glass to the great athlete.
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arnold palmer tribute illustration by S. Preston