So I’m back from Cincinnati and I’m tired! This was my second FanFest with the MLB and I forgot what a surreal experience it is! Cincinnati is a baseball town, and there were fans everywhere! Before I recap some of the nuttiness, I have to thank everyone that came to my booth to see my artwork. Regardless if you bought art, or just came to see the display, I’m thankful that you took the time to see me. I’ll never stop being grateful to you!
- I moved out of Canada to get away from the weather. So having rain every day was very familuar but depressing. The weather played in our favor though because the event got crazy busy during those thunderstorms.
- The limited edition minimalist mustache prints sold out by the day 2. We pulled all the inventory off of MLB.com, and we sold out of those the next day. We ran out of ALL inventory by day 4. If you got one, you are one of the lucky ones.
- I met Johnny Bench! Johnny asked me what my last name was, and I said, “It’s just Preston”. He told me, “They I’m just Johnny”. We shook hands. Our booth was so busy, nobody took a picture. #sigh
- Ate some amazing Cinny food! Went to Taste of Belgium for chicken and waffles. Grabbed some chicken at The Eagle. Dove into some pizza at Adriatico’s. Grabbed some mac+cheese at Keystones. And of course… had a Coney at Skyline… and loved it! Next time it’s a four-way with beans.
- My ballpark princesses were happy distraction for those little girls. I really don’t think that the event caters well to the female baseball fan, especially for the younger ones. I’m glad I can share Reds Ariel and Reds Belle to the little pony-tailed Reds fans.
- We AirBNB’ed our place again and the cross streets were Clifton and Vine. A bit of an eye-opener for this Canadian!!!!
- Deanna and I never met before the show, and we hit it off like we’ve been friends for years!!! Can’t thank her enough for being there to help us! I bet she never expected to experience my crazy life when she answered that Craigslist ad!
One of my favorite comments was a man said that he noticed I thanked and shook the hand of almost everyone I met. He said that I was the only one that wasn’t behind an easel or painting baseballs and he appreciated being approachable. I had tons of plans to draw artwork and commission sketches, but it’s much more important to talk to you and thank you for buying my art. I’m a happy man talking ballparks and baseball. Some of you came every day for 5 days, and some of you stayed at my booth for 1/2 hour. If you know me on social media, I pride myself in listening to your stories, and joining you in celebrating art + baseball.
So I hope to see ya at RedsFest (if the stars align) and I’m happy to meet new friends from Ohio. If you are out to California and visiting Orange County, I’ll always share a coffee (Ashley, cya in a couple weeks!)
So how does a father share the sport they love so much with a daughter that he loves more than anything? For fathers that are baseball fans, it’s significantly more difficult to bond when you have a little girl.
Sports and art naturally appeals to the female audience, and a large number of my fans and customers are women. So naturally I knew that the ladies would love my Ballpark Princess series. But I never expected the reaction I would get from fathers who immediately connected their favorite sport with their daughter’s favorite cartoon character. I’ll let Craig (@CMSFGiants) explain what this means to his daughter…
From the time I found out I was having a daughter, I began thinking about how I would teach her the game of baseball. One of the first words out of her mouth was, “Giants!” and by the age of two she was doing the “Let’s go Giants,” *clap* *clap* *clap* chant. As she gets older, it’s always a fine balance between sharing my interests with her and staying involved in what interests her. I have definitely sung my fair share of Frozen and Equestria Girl songs. When I saw S. Preston’s work, I saw a great opportunity to blend one of my interests and one of my daughter’s; Elsa in a Giants uniform. I’m excited to see her reaction when she looks at the image for the first time and look forward to growing in interests in Giants baseball. – Craig
If you have a unique story of love and baseball, don’t hesitate to email me. There’s aways some art involved 🙂
A couple years ago, I decided that I needed a change. It’s not that I didn’t garner accolades as a graphic designer and web specialist, but I had that feeling that we all get when we’re stuck in a rut. So in 2012 I made a bold decision and decided to uproot myself from Vancouver and move to a different country with nothing but a desire for a new path in life. I was secretly hoping to find a something that would “fill my creative soul” but honestly, I really wasn’t gonna be picky. I did know that I had talents, skills and perseverance, so I gambled that I could use those traits to land on my feet somehow.
Just before I boarded the plane, I created this infographic and send it to all my friends, family and anyone I think that could help me along the way. If you have followed my story as a sports illustrator and graphic artist, it’s neat to look back now and see the fruits of my endeavor.
One of the most monumental moment in my (short) art career is my display in Target Field, in Minneapolis. You see, a couple months back, I got a phone call from the stadium interior design reps and asked me if I wouldn’t mind if they displayed my minimalist ballpark series in their stadium. Umm, yes!!! Fast forward to opening day, and my many twitter fans in Minnesota started tweeting me photos and congratulations for the unveiling of the display. As any Lego character will say, “Everything is Awesome”.
A couple weeks ago, I was able to travel to Minneapolis with my business partner, and we were finally able to see the display with my own eyes. Quirky fact, it was my officially the furthest east I’ve ever traveled in America. I was not only excited to see the display, and see the Dodgers in an interleague game, but I was finally able to visit my fifth ballpark! And really, what are the odds that it would snow so hard they would cancel the game … May right? Apparently the odds were 100%. And for this Canadian, I obviously have lived in California for a little too long, because 40 degrees with sleet blowing sideways was “uncomfortable”. Mostly ‘uncomfortable’ cause I packed flip flops and shorts. I will say, I did pack a hoodie, which means I still suffered greatly.
I have to thank Phil Miller from the Minneapolis Star Tribune who wrote an article about my artwork last year, and he was able to sneak us into Target Field and see the display. Clearly Target Field has an appreciation for artwork, cause there’s a lot of great art! My display is located in the right field, outside the Metropolitan Club entrance. This section is dedicated to ballparks, where the adjacent hallway has photographs of all 30 parks. It was an epic experience to see my art on a wall with my name, and it makes me glad that millions of baseball fans will get to see it every year.
A special thank you to @Ben_c_Krause for taking the time to take photographs for us.