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 soon.

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

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For me, email is definitely not dead.

I love the way social media lets me connect with different people from all over the world, everyday. But as fun and connective as social media is, I’ve used email to connect and have conversations with collectors in a much more meaningful way, one-on-one. Sometimes it’s through my website and sometimes it’s just a reply to my newsletter, but I have great conversations with fellow sports fans through email, and I’ve realized how important it is to my business.

I wanted to acknowledge the many people who helped to make my business possible: the email subscribers who are among the most enthusiastic sports fans and frequent collectors of my art. To thank them, and to welcome new subscribers into the fold, I decided to release some of my artwork for free as mobile wallpaper. I created smartphone and Apple Watch background versions of my popular Minimalist Baseball Stadiums series, and you can have them free when you subscribe to my newsletter. Actually I call it my VIP list, because as a subscriber you get access to offers and new art that the public never hears about, and because I’ve realized how important my subscribers are.

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Color Swatch Baseball.  Help needed!

Color Swatch Baseball. Help needed!

Remember the those color swatch prints I created earlier this year?  I’ve done a lot of work with the MLB on trying to get them licensed and released but I hit some hurdles and I’ll need you help!

I was told that I require an MLBPA license to publish this artwork for any current players, and for any retired player, I need to individually negotiate a license agreement with each person.  That’s way too much work and time for this guy.  After pouting for hours (actually days) (actually weeks) (in fact it was months), I decided to drop the player names from the design and use descriptions that don’t require licensing.  For example… For the Minnesota Twins, I will use Baggy Blue.  Or for the Red Sox, I’ll use Yawkey Red.   You get the drift!  I’m picking words that are synonymous with the team.  Since collectively, you know your team better than me, I need suggestions!  Choose one color.  Choose a team.  Choose all the teams.  Send in your submissions what you think is the best color description!

What the heck… for every submission you make you’ll be entered into a draw for any 11×17 poster in my collection.  That means 60 color name suggestions means 60 suggestions.  Please write your suggestions in the comments below or email me a list at pootpoot@sprestondesigns.com.  Here’s the list of teams and colors I’m looking for:

Arizona Diamondbacks
________ Red       _______ Sand

Atlanta Braves
________ Navy       _______ Blue

Baltimore Orioles
________ Black       _______ Orange

Boston Red Sox
________ Red       _______ Navy

Chicago Cubs
________ Red       _______ Blue

Cincinnati Reds
________ Red       _______ Black

Cleveland Indians
________ Red       _______ Navy

Colorado Rockies
________ Black       _______ Purple

Chicago White Sox
________ Black       _______ Silver

Detroit Tigers
________ Navy       _______ Orange

Kansas City Royals
________ Blue       _______ Gold

Los Angeles Angels
________ Red       _______ Dark Red

Houston Astros
________ Blue       _______ Orange

Los Angeles Dodgers
________ Blue       _______ red

Miami Marlins
________ Orange       _______ Blue

Milwaukee Brewers
________ Blue       _______ Gold

Minnesota Twins
________ Red       _______ Blue

New York Mets
________ Blue       _______ Orange

New York Yankees
________ Blue       _______ Gray

Philadelphia Phillies
________ Red       _______ Blue

Pittsburgh Pirates
________ Black       _______ Gold

Oakland Athletics
________ Red       _______ Gold

St. Louis Cardinals
________ Red       _______ Yellow

Seattle Mariners
________ Blue       _______ Green

San Diego Padres
________ Blue       _______ Gold

San Francisco Giants
________ Orange       _______ Black

Tampa Bay Rays
________ Blue       _______ Light Blue

Texas Rangers
________ Blue       _______ Red

Toronto Blue Jays
________ Blue       _______ Navy

Washington Nationals
________ Red       _______ Blue

*** Optional **** send submissions for your favorite College NBA, NHL or NFL team too.  (These will not count as submission entries but would be cool to know your ideas)

REMEMBER!  No player names (or nicknames).

Minimalist World Series Champions 2015

Minimalist World Series Champions 2015

Crown town!  The Royals just won their second world series and I wanted to commemorate the historic event with a limited edition art print.  Considering they were 90 feet away from winning last year, and being on the top of the league during the regular season, the Kansas City Royals are deserved champions.

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My Ramblings about the 2015 MLB Regular Season

My Ramblings about the 2015 MLB Regular Season

I’m not going to pretend I’m a baseball expert. But I do watch and observe a lot of the game all year and of you follow me on Twitter, you know I have a lot of comments throughout the season !  So since I can’t be shut up, I’ll speak up.

(in no particular order)

BLUE JAYS – David Price won’t be back.  Great to have him and he probably loved the experience of playing in Canada.  But really, the Jays were on an epic run, and who doesn’t have fun playing 0.750+ baseball?  I think the Yankees will be hard to turn down since they are easily as good, still in the AL East and not on foreign soil. #ByeDavid

LA DODGERS – As we all now know, a great bullpen is the in-vogue formula for winning post-season games (molded by the Royals).  And the Dodgers gots none.  It’s two years in a row that a weak bullpen cost the Dodgers any postseason success.  We’re going to start seeing larger money go to bullpen specialists, and the mid-low rotation starters start moving to become elite 7th and 8th inning guys.  #ByeMattingly

CUBS – My Cubs!  Everyone knows I’m a Cubs/Blue Jays fan so that last half of the year was better then a cheerleader sandwich!  Guys, I’m sold that Joe Maddon is the greatest manager in baseball history.  #ByeCurse

REDS – I’ve now been to two All-Star games and both times the team was at the bottom of the league.  I’m looking at you Padres!  All i have to say is JUMBO DIAZ! So glad I got to watch you pitch.  Worth the price of admission.  The dude was 350 pounds!  He’s a waify 280 now, but his story and his fastball may have made Chapman expendable.  #ByeAroldis

REDS AGAIN – And with Aroldis Chapman will need to become a better pitcher and stop replying on his heat., Ya konw, Max Scherzer used to throw 104, but learned to pitch, and really only leans back when he has to.   Maybe a new team is what he needs.  #ByeAroldisAgain

YANKEES – #FORG1V3 Have we?  Looks like it.  I bet Roger Clemens is just a little jealous.  The sports community is quick to forgive many a transgressions, so long as you produce between the lines.  Trust me, if Tiger Woods kept winning Majors, most people would really forgive and forget.  ARod needs to puts up one more of those years, he will no longer be extremely hated, and he’ll be downgraded to very hated. Though HOF is never gonna happen.  #ByeArod (oh wait he went and came back)

MARINERS – Poor Felix. Would you rather be king of a small kingdom or a knight in a big kingdom?  So much high hope this season but all is not lost.  Behind the bats of Cano and Cruz, it wouldn’t take them long to create a KC model of baseball.  NL baseball in an AL park.  A strong bullpen and some professional hitters would be perfect in that ballpark.  Better do it soon before Hernandez hits the open market #ByeMcClendon

PIRATES – I have no real cultural connection to being Korean, but I kinda was cheering for Kang all year.  Totally worth it!  He must have had to be some Lost in Translation moments at the beginning of the year which would explain the slow start.  I think there was probably some distrust from Huddle, not because of his race, but because of the unknown.  Plus the injury didn’t help.  Hope he has another great year.  #HiKang

CUBS – Oh and hey, get rid of those gawdy signs out front.  As a ballpark fan, those huge signs really need to go.  Every new stadium and ballpark across the country is trying to be more retro and you’re going in the opposite direction!   #ByeUglySigns

(Right now, I really wish there was a ballplayer named Felicia… )

ROYALS – Basically, what we are witnessing is what would have happened last year if MadBum never existed.  Listen up!  Hosmer, Moustakas, Escobar, Perez and Cain are mediocre hitters.  Vargas, Ventura and Volquez are mediocre starters.  But together, with a great bullpen and a city that loves them, they are great.  Hat off to your season! #ByeCueto

GIANTS – It’s an odd numbered year, so thanks for letting someone else win it. #ByeLincecum

MARLINS – Ichiro is 43 hits away from passing Pete Rose for the most career professional hits.  Please make this happen.

TWINS – I saw Sano in a three game series, and that dude can hit.  Get on the SanoWagon! #ByeGardenhire

METS – Breaking news:  RA Dickey and Josh Thole gets traded back to the Mets for Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud. (Hey! Leave me in my delusional fantasy world please) #ByePreston

OK that’s it for now.  Leave your comments below.  Make sure you tell me how wrong I am.  If you want more, I’ll be happy to share more of my un-professional thoughts!

The Classic Stories of Notable No-Hitters – The 4th One Will Make You Laugh

The Classic Stories of Notable No-Hitters – The 4th One Will Make You Laugh

I love the no-hitters!  They’re one of my favorite things in baseball.  Every time the first hit is given up by any team, I always think, “well there goes his no-no”.  Since experiencing a no-hitter is like a story that unfolds through nine-innings, I decided to recreate some of the most notable ballgames as a classic book series.  I used the template from Penguin Classic books, and designed the covers of each no-no written as authored by the ballplayer themselves.  Can you recognize all of these?

Seven Times A Charm Nolan by Ryan No Hitter

SEVEN TIMES A CHARM by Nolan Ryan

 
My First Day At Work by Bob Feller No Hitter

MY FIRST DAY AT WORK by Bob Feller

 Doctober by Roy Halladay No Hitter

DOCTOBER by Roy Halladay

 PIDS: Performance Inhibiting Drugs by Dock Ellis No Hitter

PIDs: PERFORMANCE INHIBITING DRUGS by Dock Ellis

Perfect Playoff Performance by Don Larsen - No Hitter

PERFECT PLAYOFF PERFORMANCE by Don Larsen

Back To Back by Johnny Vander Meer - No Hitter

BACK TO BACK by Johnny Vandermeer

 No-Hitter by Hideo Nomo - No Hitter

{NO HITTER} by Hideo Nomo

Hits Are Overrated by Pete Rose - No Hitter

HITS ARE OVERRATED by Pete Rose

Perfect Through One by Roy Oswalt - No Hitter

PERFECT THROUGH ONE by Roy Oswalt

Unsung Hero by Jason Varitek - No Hitter

UNSUNG HERO by Jason Varitek

Against All Odds by Jim Abbott - No Hitter

AGAINST ALL ODDS by Jim Abbott

The Long Wait Is Over by Johan Santana - No Hitter

THE LONG WAIT IS OVER by Johan Santana