John S. Dykes
Play ball!
Today mark’s the start of Major League Baseball’s 2010 season. And in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, some illustrations I finished up late last week. Art Director Matt Petty had seen my Fenway Park painting and thought something similar might work well for a bunch of baseball stories they were running. It was great to work with Matt on this fun assignment.
Some initial roughs
Heres a detail of the main painting - with some of the line work added in Photoshop.
Ink drawings get scanned.... It is nice to work in ink on separate paper - no fear of ruining anything! Just keep drawing new versions till it works. Shapes on the bottom were done with a larger brush for a shadow shape under the diving Aaron Rowand...
An inside job....
... and a detail.

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