What People Have Been Asking
How long does it take to produce your baseball
From research to finished product, a baseball can take up to 30
hours to complete. It all depends on the complexity of the illustration.
The Lou Gehrig Panorama and the Pujols Filmstrip took the longest.
30 hours each. The first ball I created, Joe Borowski 1, took about
What type of paint do you use?
Originally I used India inks to create the artwork. In late 2004,
I switched to acrylics, which gave me much more flexibilty and richness
What is your process?
The first thing I do is a light pencil sketch of the large objects
that will appear on the ball. Bodies, faces and large type are drawn
to establish a compostion. Then I lay down a first coat of flat
color on the whole ball. After the whole ball has one coat, I begin
to shade each object one at a time. Next I do all the typography
and ornamental work. The type is either done with a brush or Rapidograph
Have you ever had any baseballs signed?
Most times it is really a thrill to show my baseballs to the players
that appear on them. To date my two favorite experiences have been
with Don Mattingly and Bob Feller. Mr. Feller was very friendly
and showed the ball to everyone around him, and took the time to
read everything on it. It made me feel very honored. Don Mattingly
was pretty funny. He asked me how long it took to create the baseball,
and when I told it took 25 hours, he said it was too much pressure
on him because he did not want to mess it up. He then took plenty
of time to look over the whole thing. It is definitely a gratifying
Who are your influences?
As discussed earlier, George Sosnak's work got me excited about
painting baseballs. Also the internet has helped me to meet Joe
Raguckas, and another amazing baseball painter named Monty Sheldon.
Monty has been at this a little longer than I have and his work
is unreal. You should definitely check him out.