Thursday, December 24, 2009
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The streak started in 1960. I used the uniform changes over the years to give the piece a sense of time. From left to right 19,60 was the year the streak began. Helmets were white with numbers and a red stripe, home uniform was red with white collar and neck with number on the sleeve. 70 - the "D" shows up on the headgear. 74 - the helmet turns red, skull and crossbones used to signify player rewards. 50 - the number of years of the current streak, away jersey is simple white jersey, red number, no trim. 67 - the year of the state championship. 80 - the facemasks go from grey to white, the white trim is dropped from the neck and sleeves and so is the number, stars are used to signify player performance. 86 - stripes are added to the sleeves and the paw appears on top of the shoulder pads. 20,00 - sleeve trim disappears but paw remains for one more year. 20,0,9 - current year of the streak, number returns to the sleeve along with the white trim.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
This is an oldie but a goodie. "All-Stars 1993" was my third limited edition print issued in the fall of 1993. The 5 guys in the print (Blauser, Justice, Avery, Glavine, and Smoltz) made the NL All-Star team that year. It was a fun time to be a Braves fan and this print was very popular. Atlanta lost in the NLCS to the Phillies that year but I think '93 was the year they got Fred McGriff mid-season. Mike Stanton ("Ground ball second base") was the closer, Damon Berryhill was the catcher, and Deion was on that team - good times, good memories.
Monday, August 3, 2009
This is a commissioned portrait just completed. I used graphite (pencil) to do the background image and charcoal for the foreground. It makes for a nice contrast - the pencil is soft and dull and the charcoal is dark and bold.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I did this in 2002 as part of a 50 card baseball set for Just Minors. I did all 50 illustrations. It is a great set and includes some of today's biggest stars - Mauer, Morneau, Teixeira. Peavy, etc. I'll post more from the set in the next couple of days.
Friday, July 3, 2009
I couldn't come up with a good college football player that wore number 35 so I decided to go with one of favorite Atlanta Braves - Phil Niekro. Just as well I was already wondering what I was going to do when I got the lineman numbers. Plus this branch gives me a chance to include some other sports. 36 is next.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Finally got around to finishing this painting. I am a big fan of Colt McCoy. I think he is a tough competitor and I admire the way he plays the game. Thanks for visiting. Let me know if you have any questions.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Sorry for the glare on the photo.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Number 34 - Herschel Walker - was there any doubt who number 34 would be? In my opinion, the greatest running back in college football history. There is not a whole lot to say - the guy was unbelievable.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Simpson was a JUCO (Junior College) All-American at City of San Francisco College before transfering to Southern Cal. OJ led the nation in rushing both seasons at USC - '67 and '68. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1968.
Great athlete, terrible human being. I still can't beleive he got away with murder.
Acrylic on canvas board
Friday, February 20, 2009
Shane Conlan wore number 31 for the Nittany Lions and was part of two National Championship teams 1982 and 1986. During his career at Penn State, Conlan had 274 tackles, including a school-record 186 solos. Conlan was selected as the No. 1 draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1987 NFL Draft.
This started out as a Ballpoint pen sketch but once I scanned it I couldn't resist doing a little digital paining. By the way I have established another outpost to showcase my work - check it out at coachstokes.blogspot.com
Friday, February 13, 2009
Number 30 is Nebraska's Mike Rozier. The 1983 Heisman Trophy Winner, Rozier, rewrote the Cornhusker rushing record books and making a considerable dent in the Big Eight and NCAA books during a phenomenal senior season. He rushed for 2,148 yards and scored 29 touchdowns in his senior season in Lincoln. Rozier was named to Sports Illustrated's 85-player All-Century Team and was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
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Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
27 is Eddie George of "The" Ohio State University. EG is the 2nd leading rusher in Buckeye history with 3,768 yards. He edged out Nebraska's Tommie Frazier to win the 1995 Heisman Trophy.
My favorite part about this sketch is the composition. I can see this being a nice painting.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Herb Adderley is number 26. In college he was an All-Big Ten running back for the Michigan State Spartans. In 1961 Herb was drafted by the Green Bay Packers but found himself stuck behind eventual Hall of Famers Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung. Due to an injury in the secondary coach Vince Lombardi switched Adderley to cornerback and the rest is history. Herb is considered by many, to be the greatest cornerback to ever play the game. Herb Adderley is the first MSU player to be enshrined into the pro football Hall of Fame.
This is a watercolor with pen & ink outline and some prismacolor pencil.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The Rocket - Raghib Ismail from the University of Notre Dame was once timed at 4.16 in pads. Raghib was a two time All-American and finished 2nd in Heisman Trophy voting to Ty Detmer in 1990. I remember the game against Michigan in 1998 when he returned two kickoffs to beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. They called his little brother "The Missile" and his mother "The Launching Pad."
This art is totally digital. It only exists on the computer. That is strange to think about. I hope you like it. I am definitely still learning.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Another pencil sketch here and the same sketch with some color.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Pencil sketch on Bristol Board.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Roman Gabriel wore number 18 for North Carolina State from 1959 to 1961. He was a two time All-American and twice named the ACC Player of the Year. Roman was also an Academic All-American. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, I remember him most from his days in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. Consider the first large quarterback in pro football Roman stood 6'4" and weighed 235 lbs.
The only reference I could find was an old posed photograph that appeared to be done for a game program. Since there wasn't much detail in the photo I decided to use my soft pastels. I did a rather messy pencil sketch letting the paper get dirty from all the graphite. I then sprayed it with workable fixative so the paper would hold the pastels. Without blending, I laid in my colors rough and quick. Gave it another spray and added some finishing touches.
The quarterback run ends tomorrow.
Friday, January 9, 2009
In 1993, he also led the Seminoles basketball team to within one game of the Final Four. CW played several years in the NBA and he is originally from Thomasville, Georgia.
I sketched Charlie and scanned my drawing into Photoshop. I just got my Wacom pen tablet fixed so I was eager to give it a try. Using my sketch as a guide I did this monochrome digital painting. I am probably too old to go completely digital but I have to tell you, the tool is amazing. I still have a lot to learn but the medium is so forgiving. Go to youtube.com sometime and search "digital painting." There you can watch artists draw and paint using the computer.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This will be a two part post. Today I did a pencil sketch and then transferred it to a gessoed canvas board. I then took a carbon pencil and created a more detailed drawing on the canvas. This drawing gives me a good foundation for my painting. Tomorrow I will add an oil wash and from there we might experiment.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Even if you don't like the Florida Gators it is hard not to admire and pull for Tim Tebow. He plays the game the way it was created to be played, with emotion, determination and toughness. Last season Tebow threw 29 TD passes and scored 22 rushing touchdowns. Tebow alone scored more touchdowns that 87 other division 1-A schools and he became the first player to ever rush for 20 and throw for 20 in the same year. He won the Heisman last year and they should probably give him the award until he graduates because in my opinion he personifies the college game.
This original was done a few weeks ago and I used a combination of soft pastels and waxed based color pencils on hot press illustration board. I love the emotion of the piece. Most QB's are depicted passing but running seemed to fit number 15 better.
The reference I used did not have the "PHIL 4:13" on his eye black patches like he wears now. I wanted to add it because his faith is as much a part of his identity (to me) as is his football. Plus it is one of my favorite Bible verses. Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." It's true and in case you haven't tried it, you should.
Monday, January 5, 2009
There are a lot of good number fourteens out there to choose from but in the end I had to go with this years Heisman Trophy Winner from Oklahoma, Sam Bradford. He has had a record setting career as a three year starter for the Sooners. Bradford led OU to their third straight Big 12 Championship by beating Missouri 62-21. The '08 Bradford led Sooners broke Hawaii's 2006 record for the most points in a single season with 702 points. It will be interesting to see how they do Thursday night against SEC Champion Florida Gators.
Remember when you were young and it was cool to claim you were part indian? Even if you had blonde hair and snow white skin some how your great grandmother was one quarter Cherokee. The difference between you and Sam Bradford is that for him it is true. His great great gandmother (Susie Walkingstick) was full-blooded Cherokee, wouldn't Cher be proud.
This is another pencil sketch. I added a different sort of graphic background and included the school logo. I like this drawing enough to turn it into a painting, especially if OU beats the Gators. We are in a quarterback run right now and the next 4 are QB's also. I am a big fan of the next two players although I can't stand it when my team loses to their team.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
I never knew Dan Marino's middle name was Constantine, did you? Marino wore number 13 for the Pitt Panthers. He is probably more famous for his pro career but he is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. I remember him most for throwing a TD pass on 4th and 5 with :42 seconds left to beat Georgia in the 1982 Sugar Bowl. Georgia blitzed and left Mike Kelley one on one with Pitt's best receiver. Pittsburgh picked up the blitz and Marino hit John Brown right down the middle of the field for a 33 yard TD to win the game. That was a long ride back from New Orleans.
This quick sketch is done in ballpoint pen and topped off with a little prismacolor pencil.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Can you think of a more perfect name for a Texas quarterback than Colt McCoy? I have included both the sketch on canvas and the monochrome under painting. I will post each stage of the process and hopefully we will end up with a great oil painting. Actually I'll settle for good at this point since I am still learning how to push the medium around.