The letter O has meant Orioles baseball to me since I was about ten. I still shout “O” in the middle of the Star Spangled Banner. I just can’t help myself. It was bred into me. Is anyone else looking forward to the boys of summer being back on the field?
I used about a million Polychromos colored pencils (in an old Mead drawing pad I probably bought when I was 20) to make this picture in about 1.75 hours. I had a big hand up once again from another one of Rodney Campbell’s incredibly crisp images, from Paint My Photo at this link: http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/photo/baltimore-oriole-2
For the first time, I sketched a quick preliminary in graphite, which really helped out when I had to get the striping in.
I just have to say one more thing: I love Buck Showalter. He brought baseball back to Baltimore in a big way with his big heart, his commitment to the city, and most importantly, his belief in his “guys”. In Buck We Trust!