Topps 2020 Gallery Baseball Base Card Artwork

Last year I had the opportunity to contribute illustrations to the Topps 2019 Gallery Baseball set. This artwork was used for the insert set called Impressionists and there were 30 cards in all. As per most insert sets, the cards were not found in every pack but instead 1 in every 88 or so packs had one of these cards in them. It was a great project to work on but I had been hoping that my artwork would be found a bit more easily.

For Gallery 2020 trading cards, I contributed 26 illustrations that were used for the base cards. These are the common cards that tally up to 100 different cards that make up the “base set”. Every pack has several different base cards in it, so my cards are much easier to find in the packs this year!

The original illustrations I created for these cards measured roughly 4×6″ and then were scanned down to fit the cards when printing. The originals were used by Topps as incentives in the trading card set, with being inserted into jumbo packs they placed inside the larger boxes of cards. For the cards, they are sold in individual packs, small boxes, and what are called Mega boxes which have the jumbo packs included in them. These cards are also only sold at retail locations like Walmart.

Above are just a few examples of the artwork I created for this year’s Gallery base cards. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I’ll be sharing the rest of the cards I illustrated!

MEDIA USED

I used mixed media in illustrated the portraits. Images were provided to my by Topps and then I pencilled out the portrait. I then used markers to create a base colour and painted a thin layer of designer (or traditional) gouache overtop. I then used oil pencil crayons to create defined lines and shapes overtop the painting.

Curious about what art supplies I use? Follow the links below to purchase the same supplies I use!

Holbein Traditional Gouache Paints

Faber Castel Polychromous Pencil Crayons

Commission Your Own

I don’t have any of the original illustrations to sell as these were inserted into the Mega boxes, but you can commission a drawing of your favourite baseball player in the same style and size that I did these Gallery illustrations in! If you have a copy of one of my Gallery cards I’d also be more than happy to sign it for you (just need you to cover the return shipping though).

 

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Mickey Mantle Personal Sketch Cards

Recently I created three Mickey Mantle sketch cards for a big baseball fan. These three drawings were based off iconic Mantle Topps trading cards from 1952, 1953, and 1956.

These three sketch cards were drawn on plain, high quality paper stock that has the same dimensions as a trading card (2.5×3.5″). I used Copic markers, polychromous pencil crayons, and acrylic paint to create them. After the drawings were complete I sealed them with a matte finish spray that prevents them from smudging and gives them some UV protection.

mantle with aceo sticker on back by matt stewart

I’ve recently begun placing a sticker of authenticity to the backsides of all of my drawings. These stickers fit perfectly to the backs of my sketch cards. On the stickers it states that these are “1 of 1” drawings, “certified” as original drawings, and I sign the open space in the middle. Let me know what you think of my stickers down below in the comments!

Commission a drawing

If you’d like a drawing similar to one of these for yourself or to gift to someone else, please contact me today! Prices start at $65US and estimated turnaround is 2-4 weeks.

 

Topps 2020 Baseball Series 1 Sketch Cards

Topps 2020 Baseball Series 1 was released last week and my artwork was included in it for the third year in a row. As a big baseball fan myself, I love the fact that I have the opportunity to create licensed MLB artwork of some of the best players in the game!

For many collectors, one of the appealing aspects of the first baseball set of the season is the opportunity to add the latest rookie cards to their collections. This year the main rookies are Gavin Lux, Bo Bichette, Yordan Alvarez, and Aristides Aquino. I made sure to draw all of these rookies plus the big stars of the game like Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Yadier Molina, and more!

Previous MLB Sketch Card Projects

Topps 2019 Baseball Series 1 Sketch Cards

Topps 2019 Baseball Museum Collection Sketch Cards

Mediums

For this project, I decided to paint the majority of the sketch cards with gouache. I’m really loving this medium as I can use it on a multitude of different paper surfaces. The paint has an opaque characteristic that allows for great blending of colours and can be reactivated with water. It’s also great to use pencil crayons overtop to bring out details.

Except for a few of the gouache paintings, I added acrylic backgrounds of different colour patterns. I think it really helped everything pop and give the artwork a unique characteristic to it.

Samples of my Artwork

These sketch cards were all included in the packs. Let me know if you found any yourself!

Artist Return Sketch Cards

I’ve pre-drawn on a few of my artist return sketch cards but also left a couple blank for commissions. Contact me if you’re interested in picking up one of my blank sketch cards for commission or ask about larger illustrations that I can create for you!

Topps 2019 Baseball Series 2 Sketch Cards

My sketch cards were included in Topps 2019 Baseball Series 2, which was released earlier this week! I tried to provide a good representation for all the teams and a mix of active and retired players, much like what I do for my previous baseball projects. I’m a baseball fan myself (Cardinals & Blue Jays being my two teams), and I know how important it is to have as many different teams and players included as possible. Also, drawing as many different players as possible keeps it interesting to draw!

I will also have artwork coming up later this month in Topps 2019 Baseball Museum Collection and another set in the fall! My artwork will also appear in more entertainment trading card sets, like Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more!

Artist Returns

Message me¬†below to purchase these or ask about a commission, and check my ebay page for what’s currently on auction.


Pack Inserted Sketch Cards

 

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Topps 2019 Baseball Series 1 Sketch Cards

Topps 2019 Baseball Series 1 trading cards released this week & some of my little drawings can be found in the packs! These are very hard to find drawings as Topps produces a lot of these cards since it is their flagship product for baseball.

This is now the fifth MLB trading card set I’ve been invited to work on. Last year I had the chance to work on Museum Collection, Gallery, & Baseball series 1 & 2. As I’m writing this post I realize I haven’t posted before about Gallery, Museum Collection nor series 1, so there will probably be a few more baseball posts coming up soon!

In 2019 I of course can say I worked on this one and will have Museum Collection & baseball series 2 coming out later in the year. Fingers crossed I’ll again have some of my artwork reprinted like last year in Museum Collection!

Artist Returns

From this project I have five artist proofs, all of which are available. Contact me here if you are interested in buying them!

New Sketch Cards in MLB Series 2!

Late last year I had the fantastic opportunity to create sketch cards for the 2018 Baseball Series 1 from Topps. I still need to post examples of my artwork from that set here but I’ve been so darn busy! Case in point, Series 2 from the 2018 Topps Baseball set was released about a month ago and I had, again, sketch cards in it!

I have a mix of styles in the set and tried to draw a player from every team but I think I accidentally forgot about one or two. I also had the chance to draw a few retired players, going all the back to Honus Wagner! One of my favourite retired players was also in the mix, a Mr. Ozzie Smith!

These sketches are incredibly rare to find in the packs of cards. If I’m not mistaken, I believe the odds of finding one is about one per every 2 or 3 cases of cards! That’s not packs, or boxes, but cases!

Own It!

Check out what I have listed on ebay and if you don’t see it there, contact me here and commission an original from me! I often have a month or two long waiting list, so please make sure to contact me early for commissions. I also have some blank official artist proofs from companies like Leaf available, but they may not be available for long!

What’s Next?

Up next for my project release calendar is Topps 2018 MLB Museum Collection. This was released in the last week of June. Coming up in July is a horror trading card set for MNS Cards and Lost in Space series 2 from Rittenhouse. I have a few commissions and other non sketch card projects I’m working on this month that I am also excited about sharing! Hoping to have much of that posted on Twitter and Instagram, so make sure to follow me there!