Hidden Racism in Baseball

Posted by / September 19, 2017 / Categories: Baseball, Graphics, illustration, new commission, process, recent job, recent work, sketches, t-shirt / 0 Comments


A few months ago I worked on a t-shirt project for L.E.A.D. A 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization operating in Atlanta, Georgia. Who’s mission is to empower an at-risk generation to lead and transform their City. Through their year-round Pathway2Empowerment Programming, they inspire and equipping Black males with the empowerment they need to live a life of significance.

I had worked with CJ Stewart who is an Atlanta native and a former Chicago Cubs outfielder. He has earned the recognition of being one of the top baseball player development professionals in the country. As the founder and CEO of Diamond Directors, Stewart has achieved unmatched success in the player development industry. He has over 13 years of experience and his firm has developed some of the game’s top amateur, collegiate and professional players. Stewart’s impressive client list includes Jason Heyward (Chicago Cubs), Dexter Fowler (Chicago Cubs), Andrew Jones (Chicago White Sox), and Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates).

Together over about a 2 week period, we brainstormed ideas about exposing racism in baseball. Here is a bit of what you can expect in terms of ideas for a main graphic or illustration that’s not worked out yet by the client. I did these for a new initiative exposing the blackballing of high school black males from getting picked for college teams based on the color of their skin. CJ was wonderful to work with on the project. These were all created with the combination of Photoshop and Illustrator. I emailed over several multipage PDF’s with number ideas so that we could easily discuss what was working and not. The first and last design in the video is the one planned for a t-shirt design.

Which one do you like? Comment with which numbers in the top left.

The video slideshow created in Photoshop was originally intended for Instagram. That’s why it’s black on the sides.

Final designs created completely as a vector art ready for 4 spot color silkscreen printing.
Blackballed in Baseball Graphic

Blackballed Baseball Player

Do you like another design in the video better or are these the best designs to get out the message of hidden racism in baseball.

About the author
I have known from the first time I picked up a crayon that I wanted to be an artist. In 1992, I received Bachelor of Arts with honors with concentrations in Graphic Design, and Drawing & Painting from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. Right after that I attended the Illustration program at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1994 winning several awards and honors. Worked as an on staff illustrator for a small design firm for a year and a half, then struck out on my own. Now for the past 18+ years I have tremendously enjoyed being able to pursue my love for art professionally as a freelance illustrator. I work/play from my home studio near Atlanta, GA. I have over 20 years computer graphics experience and I am fluent in all of the Adobe Creative Suite CC, Painter 10, Poser 9, and the latest hardware, all of which is in my studio. My image problem solving takes many forms that fit the clients needs. By combining various situations and objects into bold and interesting angles I am able to convey clear ideas to the viewer in a realistic manner. Most of my early work is in oils, but now I can achieve a similar look which is much faster and easily edited in the computer using my own special digital techniques. When I'm not illustrating, I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy doing home improvement projects discussing current news events, pop culture, bike riding and watching movies.

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