Saturday, February 7, 2009

Illustration Friday/ Hang Time

Hello, all.

This week's topic made me think of sports, which is odd for me, because I only follow boxing as a sport. I just couldn't get the image of "hang time" out of my head.

Ozzie Smith earned the nickname 'The Wizard' for some of the extraordinary athleticism he would display on the field. This was part of a baseball show that was done a while back here in Greensboro to correlate with our new stadium and local minor league team, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Several of my buddies did great work for the show, including Dave Stanley, Tom Reis, and Marshall Lakes

This image came early on in my endeavors to be an illustrator. It was an okay image, but I have learned a lot since then. The extended arm, for example, should be bigger to heighten the sense of space.

This was my first piece in colored pencil. As I have mentioned earlier, I am color-blind. I remember working on this piece and bringing it in for a critique. One of my buddies noticed that I used green instead of black (or is it black instead of green... ???) on his uniform. I did feel comfortable doing this, though, because I could read the writing on the pencils and organize them in terms of value.
The background is actually an old piece of mat board sprayed with bleach. I had it spinning on a potter's wheel to get the effect. I had the board for almost eight years before I came up with the idea of using it for a background. I was pleased.
Well, I'm off to work on some more art. I will be posting an image of John Henry soon, along with some more figurative studies and a few sketchbook pages.
Have a great week!


  1. This is a beautiful drawing. You have truly captured Ozzie Smith. The background is very effective! Great work!

  2. Color-blind or no, you are an amazing talent. Wonderful illustration!

  3. Josh,
    Thanks for the compliment. Really appreciate it.
    Indigence, thanks a lot. I feel that I still have a lot to learn, though.
    Thanks again.

  4. Not only is this a great image, but you have a lot of really nice work on here...will definitely be adding you on my other blog so I can keep tabs...

  5. Brian,
    I appreciate the gesture. I dig your blog as well. I like your play on the IF word... not so literal.
    Thanks again for the compliment

  6. Don't worry about it! It's all about the art! :) Have a wonderful week!