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!
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!
New Star Wars sketch cards! This time from the newly released Return of the Jedi: Black and White trading cards from Topps. This set follows it’s namesake, with black and white (or grey tone) imagery from the particular movie. This is also the third Black and White set Topps has produced for Star Wars. The previous two were for A New Hope & Empire Strikes Back, both of which I worked on.
My artwork for this set is all black and white or grey tone. I worked off imagery across the movie, focusing primarily on the characters and a few scenes /locations.
I bounced between three mediums for this project. For some of the cards I only used my graphite pencils and a couple were inked. The rest of the cards were painted with acrylics. I am learning to love acrylic paints, and although it is time consuming I think the results are worth it!
Inserted sketch cards
Below are a few examples of the sketch cards I made that were inserted into the set. These sketch cards can be found roughly 1-2 per case, or every 12 boxes. Definitely not common!
Two of the 35 cards I illustrated were shaped like the Millenium Falcon. I wanted to do something a little different so I drew have the Falcon on each card and the other half had a side profile of Chewy and Han.
I was provided two booklets to draw on for this project. One was a tryptich (three sketch card) booklet and the other a double booklet. The double booklet is shown below and I wanted to do something different and fun for it, so I chose the infamous Luke “kicking” one of Jabba’s enforcers! Used acrylic paint on that one too.
Artist return sketch cards
The two sketch cards below are original, one-of-one paintings. Please contact me if you’d like to purchase them or commission something different!
Please see my earlier article explaining what artist return sketch cards are.
Sketch card commission only $40 from now until Sunday! Only 20 commission slots available & these will be in your hand BEFORE Christmas!
These sketch cards will be in colour and drawn on plain sketch card paper. Limit of one character per sketch card, or it can be a ship, object, or whatnot but only one per card. Backgrounds in colour too but are minimal. Shipping is extra; I live in Canada so domestic shipping is free and to the US is $5 without tracking (tracking is an additional $10).
Old Man Like Ron sketch cards are easily the strangest but also one of the funnest trading card projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. The trading card set is based off the popular Youtube series, Old Man Like Ron. The show is very NSFW as it follows the crazy adventures of a foul mouthed old man, who is a puppet, as he chases women, booze, and whatever else he fancies. The show comes from England, which is readily apparent in the choice words the titular character uses.
Prior to this project I had never heard of this show before. After signing on, I watched a few of the episodes and decided to draw the main character, Ron, in images that spoofed popular franchises. I also drew upon other sets I had worked on before at RRParks Cards like Sharknado and Zorro.
What I created
The trading card set is from RRParks Cards. This is a small company out of the states where the owner, Richard Parks, produces only trading card sets of properties that he genuinely loves. He uses professional artist quality paper on his sketch cards and provides his artists with substantial time to produce quality sketch cards. Because of that, I decided to use gouache paint on three of the cards I created; I only did three cards in gouache because it is very time consuming to do. I’m really loving this medium because it can be reactivated at any time with water, dries with a mat finish, and has a great vibrancy to the colour. The three cards I did in gouache were the dinosaur Ron, x-ray Ron, and Zoro Ron.
Hope you like what I created for this set!
Old Man Like Ron on Kickstarter
Go visit the kickstarter campaign for the Old Man Like Ron card set! The campaign ends December 24th, so don’t delay!
Space 1999 is a new trading card set released from Unstoppable cards and features imagery, autographs, and sketch cards based off the iconic 1970’s sci-fi TV show! The show was a groundbreaking TV show that has continued to be popular, spawning such things as this trading card series!
Check out other projects I’ve done for Unstoppable Trading Cards:
Websites have been created to further the Space 1999 fandom. One such website is The Catacombs website, which features episode guides, a library of photographs, and lists merchandise from the series including this recent trading card set. This website was kind enough to feature each artist that worked on this set, including myself! Go check out their website to find out more about Space 1999!
The legendary actor Martin Landau starred in Space 1999. Like many, I’ve always loved Landau’s performances and had to draw him as many times as I could for this set. He has a distinctive face that is fun to draw, so I drew him in a few different ways: inked, pencil crayon, & gouache. Besides Landau, there were lots of fun aliens and spaceships to draw.
I have a few remaining blank artist proof sketch cards from this set for commissions. Please message me to check on their availability or to contact me a different project!
I will have a table at the Summit Card Show, with prints, sketch cards, larger illustrations, and featuring some of my artwork that has been reproduced for trading card sets like Topps MLB Museum Collection & others to be announced! Come say hi, buy a sketch card & print, & bring some of your cards that I’ll happily sign for you!
The card show is in Calgary Oct. 26-27th at the Delta Calgary South (Bonavista Ballroom), 135 Southland Dr. SE.
If you would like to commission a drawing from me that you can pick up at the card show, please fill out the contact form below! This is perfect if you are travelling to the show and don’t live in Calgary.
Last year I was overjoyed to find out I would be drawing sketch cards for a brand new set of KISS trading cards! I’ve been a big fan of KISS for a long time, so this was definitely a dream project. In highschool my friends and I would listen to KISS on repeat and draw them in art class, and every other class in the corners of our notes and textbooks. I even had an old car that I would hide the rust spots by placing stickers overtop, one of which being the KISS logo. On New Years Eve, 1999, I saw KISS for the first time and sadly missed out on seeing them on their recent farewell tour. I was never an official member of the KISS Army but their music has been a part of my life and can often be heard playing in my office while I’m working!
The KISS trading cards from Dynamite are a 40th anniversary set from the first ever KISS trading card set. This first set was a 1978 set from Donruss. This is highly sought after 132 card set that new and old fans are still collecting. The new Dynamite set has some nods to the original set with cards that form to create a large puzzle and amazing photography of the band. Adding to the original content, the new set has autographs from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, artwork from the new Dynamite KISS comics with autographs from writers and artists from those series, plus original art cards (sketch cards) made by people like myself.
“Kiss trading cards are some of the most collectible memorabilia out there, they’ve been around since the early days of the band,” bassist Gene Simmons. “These new cards add to the tradition and the lore of Kiss, and I can’t wait for fans to get their hands on them.” ultimateclassicrock.com
Sketch cards I made for the set
For this trading card set I focused primarily on depicting Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Peter and Ace were also drawn in this set but not as frequently. There are only a few sketch cards where more than one band member was drawn on a card. The paper stock was too slick to use my polychromous pencil crayons on and it was too thin for paints, so I stuck to inks and markers. I actually quite like using just inks and markers here as it gave a comicbook feel to it that works great for KISS.
If you’re interested in purchasing some of my artist returns from this set or to commission me to draw one or more of the KISS band members, please contact me here!