Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A painting for my friend Wes

In an effort to give JBF a unique return in the World Cup of Trading, I decided to make him a painting of his favorite player.

There were a few reasons I chose this route.

  1. Wes has been very generous to me over the years, so I wanted to provide him with something a little more personal.
  2. I am out of Willingham cards. They are going to become harder and harder to find as Wes gobbles them all up.
  3. I haven’t done a painting in a few years, and had been itching to jump back in.
I was definitely quite rusty, but overall think it came out pretty good. Here’s a few photos of the process.

I started by painting the background and then drew the image on the canvas. Usually I draw the image (using grid boxes) and then paint the background around it. I’m not sure why I chose to paint the whole canvas first this time. I also drew freehand looking at a picture on my phone. I actually combined two images, using the legs of one photo and the upper half of another.
I then started painting the legs and pants. I think the right leg is the best element of the painting, as it came together nicely.
Then I did the shoes, skin, blue jersey, in that order.

And once again, the final piece. The last stages included helmet, bat, ball, and a few touch-ups elsewhere.
I enjoyed doing this, and glad it turned out well for my friend. I’m not sure what’s on tap for my next painting, but hopefully it won’t be a few years before I churn out another one.


  1. Fantastic work AJ! What a unique and thoughtful addition to Wes's Willinghammer collection.

  2. That's great looking AJ!!! Very nice job

  3. It's funny... I'll see certain sketch cards that people have pulled or purchased and I think "Pffft! I can do that!"... and then I see paintings like this and I have to admit... I can't do that. Not even close. Great job on this!

  4. I should have drew him a stick figure Willingham. He is my arch rival and should be trolled.

    Very nice painting. I'm always jealous of those who have artistic talents.

  5. That's fantastic! What's the story of your art life? Did you study in formal school, take classes, or are you self taught?

    1. Thank you. Nothing beyond some drawing and painting classes in high school.

  6. Great job! I love cards... but a one of a kind painting trumps them all day long in my book.