A huge thank you goes to the three Artists participating in the Dinger Dino Makeover, Kevin, Kyle and Paul. I am a fan of all three of your artwork and I really appreciate you giving the Rockpile Rant your time and take on what a “Tougher Dinger” could look like. I thought all three entries were excellent and were representative of each of the Artist’s styles.
202 people voted and the winner was Paul Koslow of PK Design who received 72.28% of the votes.
Paul Koslow PK Design 72.28% (146 votes)
Be sure and visit these guys Facebook pages and see what they are up to next?
“D” the Ranter
First off I’d like to seriously thank Kevin, Kyle and Paul for all agreeing to participate in this Dinger Dino Makeover. I think all three Artists did a helluva job.
This Dino Makeover was not a protest of any sort, it was only for fun. So with that being said have fun with this and vote for your favorite “Toughened Up Dinger”. If your digg’n Kevin, Kyle and Paul’s stuff visit their websites and check out their other works of art.
I like how each Artists interpretation of a “Tough Dinger” was similar but different.
You can vote right up until midnight of Rockies Opening Day April 4th, 2014.
“D” the Ranter
Each year before the first regular season game is played I try to either come at it with a new approach or new attitude. As a Rockies fan I find that seems to help deal with mediocrity of my team. This year I think it’s the team that needs a new approach and a new attitude not me. Projecting a new attitude involves the entire team including the mascot and that leads into what’s going on here at the Rockpile Rant.
The Rockies need a new mascot, or at least a mascot makeover and we all know it. I feel if you asked Dinger’s inyards if they’d mind sport’n a Dinger suit with a tougher attitude, I’m willing to bet they’d be on board.
The problem is Dinger is for children and his image is soft and cuddly. This is not exactly a baseball image. Dinger’s particular style of dinosaur became obsolete in the 90’s along with Tickle me Elmo and the Sega Saturn.
Baseball rules change, strategies change, mustaches and uniforms change, hell even Mascots get changed. It’s not unthinkable?
So, for shits and giggles, and in the spirit of beefing up the same old purple, skittles encrusted Dinger… I’ve invited three incredibly talented artists to come up with a new
One with a tough new attitude and a new look. Will they completely change him or try and improve on the already established anthropomorphic purple triceratops that some love and some hate?
I’m pretty stoked to find out.
Here’s a little background about each of the three artists participating in the Dinger Dino Makeover.
Kevin Gillette Artist living in Oregon…Huge Phillies fan.
Kevin just wanted to leave a simple Artists statement.
“On a mission to locate the positive energy in the atmosphere and use it to better the world through fluidly melting color, light and emotion” K.gillettE
You can check out Kevin’s work at: K.gillettE Images.
Below is a sample of Kevin’s artwork.
Here is Kevin’s “Dinger Dino Makeover Page”. Click so you can see his sketches and completed work..
Kyle Banister.. Colorado Sports Artist and Photographer.
Here’s a little background from Kyle.
yle Banister is a multi-media artist working out of Denver, Colorado. Kyle owned and operated a sign and promotion company for close to 20 years, and specialized in vehicle lettering for most of that time. It was during this period Kyle learned most of what he uses in his current day art. Since diving into the arts full-time, about 10 years ago, Kyle has added Chalk & Street art to his resume and is also doing a lot more photography. One of Kyle’s favorite subjects to draw and photograph is Baseball. Both of his granddads and his dad started sharing the game of Baseball with Kyle when he was very young. The summer of ’61, the battle between Mantle and Maris was all it took to make Kyle a fan for life. Year’s later Kyle started coaching his young son’s teams. A relationship that they shared all the way through managing a semi-pro team, the Denver Desperados (the old University of Denver, Club team).
In 2000, the Denver Desperados played over 120 games, and are the only team to ever play in the Colorado Collegiate Baseball Conference, the Denver Stan Musial League, and the Denver, National Adult Baseball Association, all at the same time. Their first year the Desperados won the NABA, AA Division. The next year Kyle became the Denver NABA League President, and was instrumental in starting the Elite, Wood Bat Division, which the Desperado’s also won. Kyle and his Desperados also liked to share the Baseball experience so they put on and participated in several youth camps, including the Colorado Rockies, Rockies Rookies camps held at Coors Field. From there they were also asked to help with the Colorado Rookies, Client Batting Practice. Kyle held another job at Coors Field, but this one wasn’t for the Rockies. from 2005 – ’07, Kyle worked at the Rawlings Booth above Right Field. Managing the booth the last two years Kyle was able to put his creative side to work designing many of the custom bat logos and lettering many of the guests of Coors Field have seen and purchased. More recently Kyle has started free lancing with his art, Baseball in particular. His clients include the Colorado Rockies, ROOT Sports, The Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and many other individuals. He has also shown his art in galleries and businesses near Coors Field, including the MacSpa, and The Lobby restaurant. And that Chalk Art mentioned above.
Kyle is now on the artist committee for the Denver Chalk Art Festival, the annual event held the first weekend in June at Larimer Square. In each of the previous 5 years, Kyle’s art at this event has always centered around Baseball. And he and wing man Eric Matelski, will be doing Chalk Art outside Coors Field on Opening Day again this year.
Here’s a link to Kyle’s pet project. Restoring the old Base Ball field in Georgetown, Baseball on the Loop .
Below is a sample of Kyle’s work.
Click here for a link to Kyle’s Dinger Dino Makeover Page for his sketches and completed work.
Paul Koslow…Artist and Commercial Photographer.
After serving in the US Army I received a degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh studying in the fields of graphic design, illustration and photography. After graduation I started my career as art director for several ad agencies in the Pittsburgh area until taking a chance breaking out on my own forming PK Design focusing on web and graphic design. 17 years later I’m still building my business and have freelanced for many companies including Charter Communications and Westinghouse. I enjoy brand building and marketing utilizing all the skills I have picked up along the way.
You can check out Paul’s work at: Paul Koslow Photography.
Below is a sample of Paul’s work.
Click here for a link to: Paul’s Dinger Dino Makeover Page for his sketches and completed work.
These artists will begin working on their designs soon and have until March 30th to submit their final designs. For fun I’m hoping they’ll submit pictures of their “works in progress” along the way to build up a little excitement for their individual designs.
From March 30th to Rockies Opening Day(April 4th at midnight) you will be able to vote on your favorite design/artist right here on the Rockpile Rant.
Winner will be notified on April 5th. Good luck to you fellas and thanks for participating…“D”
“D” the Ranter
Here are a few sketches of Kyle Banisters Dinger Dino Makeover.
Here is Kyle’s completed work. Thanks you and good luck to you Kyle!
The DINGER Project
I started of just kind of doodling the Dinger, I just wanted to be able to draw him without looking at a picture, nothing fancy just trying to get a feel for it. I wanted to create a mascot that was tough/mean but keeping the essence of the original.
I decided to focus on the head first, I decided that adding teeth would add to him and went through several styles of mouth trying to find a good fit. The eyes were a challenge as well and key I think in pulling off the whole look.
With this one I pretty much got the foundation done and felt I was going in the right direction, I was still focusing on the head then did a rough of the body, I knew I was going to go for a “I want you” Uncle Sam kind of thing. The other challenge was in getting the size of the head to the rest of the character right, as you can see here I was too big and bulky on the body but in the end it came together.
I decided I was going to do the project in Photoshop with my WACOM tablet. After I got the sketch done it was time to take the rough into the computer and start the outline first, then on to coloring.
Here was the final out line of Dinger, getting the shoes right was also a challenge and went through several changes before the final, I was going for somewhere between shoes/spikes/dino feet. At this point I had about 20 different layers in Photoshop, I put each body part on a layer so I could make changes without messing the rest up. I also thought that one of the horns would look better broken just a bit, not too much that it would stand out.
Here is the final coloring added, again I did this on several layers so I could blend the colors in, I didn’t want him to be just a flat looking image so I blended lights and darks of each color, it really came together when I added the color to the eyes adding the yellow pupils really made it pop.
Dinger without the Diamond.
So here is the final!
I wanted to take things up a bit and added his name under him in a good strong font and added the diamond behind him, my first thought was to make the diamond with more baseball field features but it took away from it too much so I left it with just the graduated purple.
This was a real fun and challenging project, I hope you all like my version and give me a vote!
Dinger in Progress #1
Dinger in Progress #2
Here it is Kevin’s entry for the Dinger Dino Makeover…Thanks Kevin!
Today Colorado Rockies tickets went on sale at the ticket windows at Coors Field. This is the day when a little patience pays off big. It was a bit chilly but the forcast for today was was mid 50’s.
The way the Rockies work it is you choose a wristband that’s numbered between 101 and 499. The 100’s represent line one, 200’s line two, etc. Then the second set of numbers decides your position in line.
Then the Rockies staff placed four baseballs inside a bag numbered 1-4. A little girl was chosen from the crowd to pick out the numbered baseballs. The order in which the baseballs were picked decided which of the fours row gets to line-up in front of the ticket windows first.
We were also able to snag tickets for all of the fireworks games which are on:
And all of the Bobblehead games which are on:
April 3rd Ubaldo Jiminez
June 10th Carlos Gonzalez
August 20th Troy Tulowitzki.
Mission accomplished in less than an hour.
1-28-11 Blogging in the Year 2015
The Year is 2015. Mark the father of MLBlogs has just taken a position as an assistant to Bud Selig. The powers that be decided that my ideas for the Blogosphere were so cutting edge that I should succeed Mark.
I accepted the job as Top Dog of MLBlogs.com under the condition that I be allowed to stay in Colorado and work from home as often as possible.
They agreed and I devoted myself full-time to changing the way the MLBlogosphere operates.
Some of my new ideas for the MLBlogosphere include:
MLB Media passes for MLBlogs who have reached a certain pre-established level. I believe once you’ve earned it you should be able to step up your game. A MLB Media pass would certainly give a blogger the ability to do that. Promote from within just like the Rockies.
I believe the front page of MLBlogs.com should change frequently. In 2015 a new blogger is featured daily. I remember seeing myself as the “Featured Blog” for the first time and it blew me away. I swear I told everyone on the planet I knew and had them check it out.
Little inspirational stuff like that can spark interest in your blog and really gets your creative juices flowing when you realize you have new readers.
I would change the “Latest Leaders List” and split it into two categories, American and National League.
Every January there would be an online MLBlogs awards ceremony in which winners for the previous year awards would be announced.
There would be awards for:
Best Creative use of a Blog
Most improved blogger.
Best Family Blog
Best Blogger under Eighteen
I believe in rewarding hard work and I believe supporting the blogging community. Giving MLBloggers some recognition and inspiration is an investment in the future of sports writing/blogging.
Since we’re visiting the year 2015, here are some highlights.
The Happy Youngster had to switch careers because he was recruited by Major League Baseball as an official Baseball Authenticator.
The Ray Renegade moves from Florida to Cooperstown and fulfills his lifelong dream to be the “Director of Storytelling” at the Baseball Hall of Fame. He couldn’t be happier.
Anyone caught trying to incite “The Wave” is arrested, removed from the stadium and fined $1000.00 .
Shortly thereafter “REX” the new Rockies mascot is born. Yep he’s a dinosaur like Dinger…only cool.
There are lots more changes in 2015.
I love baseball and I don’t mind cold weather. Combine cold wind, rain and baseball and that’s a mix I don’t care for.
The game today was the first professional sporting event I have ever attended with my parents.
My parents enjoy watching some sports but the closest professional “Live” anything is in Edmonton, Alberta.
That’s 350 miles away.
My parents live in Canada.
Attending major professional sporting events is not common place for them.
So the fact that they attended this game with me despite the weather really meant a lot.
My mom said she enjoyed it and my dad seemed mildly entertained 🙂
We bailed out at the bottom of the fifth inning. At least my parents were able to witness the Rockies score all of their runs.
You’ve got to love Dexter Fowler. This dude is already making a name for himself. He crushed his second homer of the season tonight off of Chan Ho Park.
At one point in the game I could hear some people in the crowd chanting “Chan Ho Walk”, that’s funny.
I’ve mentioned a few times in my blog that I think Dinger the dinosaur should have a little/lot more of a masculine appearance.
With all due respect to the guy inside of that big festive muppet, I think Dinger looks like a cross between the purple Teletubbie and Barney.
As you can tell in the picture below, it being Easter did nothing help out old Dinger’s masculinity. I bet this guy goes to bed every night praying they change his costume or promote him to Usher 🙂 so he can get out of that embarassing purple/pink sweatsuit.
I’ve got it, since Dinger is a “required to be a people person”, lets make him a beer vendor and make Captain Earthman the Rockies Official Mascot.
He owns a set of bunny ears and he’s probably tired of carrying that heavy beer around for three hours.
See if I think long enough I can come up with a solution for anything 🙂
Here’s a thought….How about a mascot called the “Rock Man”? He would sort of look like the Michelin man but would look like he was made of boulders.
That would be a freggin tough looking mascot. I think the kids would dig it too.
I figured the Rockies had game three in the bag with the great start they had and the fact they owned the lead until the 8th inning.
Corpas and Street let the lead slip and the Rockies lose to the Phillies 7-5, thus allowing the Phillies to take two of three games and win the set at Coors Field .
Rockies are now 3-3. Next up,…the Cubs at Wrigley.
I didn’t show up for batting practice as I figured there wouldn’t be one,..I was right.
Attending the game- 1 Point
We didn’t stay to the end of the game because I was quite done with the rain and cold at this point and figured for sure this game would be called and the Rockies would win.
No such luck today
Total points today’s game = 2
Overall total this season = 13 Points
Here are a few more pictures I took…Clint Barmes
Here’s a random crowd shot, look how everyone is dressed.
Ok now to R-Luv’s points. This girl is good. She was on it and she discovered a great way to snag points was by taking pictures with the Ushers.
I have to make a change to the Hagg’n points but R-Luv was so hardcore into Hagg’n she gets credit for all her pictures because she earned those points before I fine tuned the Usher picture point thing.
Here is how the Usher thing will work from now on. In order to have the point count the picture has to have the actual Hagger and the Usher in it. The other change is you can’t earn more than five points per game using Usher pictures or autographs.
I have to put a cap on it. As far as hot dog/brat points go, you can only earn a point if “you” actually eat it.
Remember this first season of Hagg’n is experimental and I’ll have to tweak things now and then.
Here are R-Luv’s stats as she reported them to me:
What a game! And what a madhouse! I’ve never seen the stadium that full. Yikes!
I got pictures of 18 ushers, they got a kick out of being asked
2- hot dogs
attending the game
So, I think that gives me a total of 23 points. Here are a few of the pictures I got, I
think you’ll enjoy them. One of the pictures is Hurdle having words with the umpire. I
think that could be another category for getting points.
These are the three pictures R-Luv/Marianne sent me.
R-LUV-23 points in one game.
ROCKPILE RANTER– 10 points in 3 games
Thanks Marianne and Good Job!
Donnie’s first game is on the 15 th. So far nobody else has reported any stats. I’m having fun with this and I know R-Luv is. Interested?? Scroll back a few entries and check out what Hagg’n is and how to accumulate points while attending a baseball game.
Thanks for choosing the Rockpile Rant…DPS- Did anyone see the fan wearing the yellow poncho jump onto the field and pick-up that foul ball? He actually looked like an Usher for a second so I’m sure they kept the camera on him for a bit.
PSS- Game 7 Rockies lose to the Cubs today 4-0, ouch.
I love going to Coors Field. I think the staff there is the best in the business. We arrived at Coors Field about 8:40 am to get in line to purchase Rockies tickets. After we arrived we found out that getting there early didn’t really matter because the lottery was in effect.
At the time a was a little bummed because I pulled #37 and there were maybe 15 people there waiting with me. No worries though it all worked out good. While we were standing in line a Rockies representative who I later found out is named “Steve”, walked up to me and asked if my daughter would be willing to help him with the lottery.
Mylee said sure, she was thrilled to do it. Here’s how it worked, there were five lines of people. There were five baseballs in the bucket labeled from 1-5. Mylee’s job was to draw the order in which each row was able to get in line for tickets…simple.
The way the Rockies set up it seemed like a system that was designed for a large group of ticket buyers. By the time Mylee started to pick baseballs out of the bucket there were maybe 70 people total in all five rows.
It was cool though, the Rockies were prepared in case of a large turnout and everything went smoothly.
At the end of the second video I you can hear me mention to Mylee to ask for a baseball (hey we’re baseball snaggers..that’s what we do), I was really just kidding and didn’t expect anything but Steve said that he’d hook her up.
Mylee picked line 1 (my line), second. She loved that she was picked to do this over Hunter because Hunter has more baseball stories than her, and this is a good one.
I walked up to Steve and thanked him, then slipped him a Ranter card and told him I’d have blog entry up by Monday.
So in one big long line they marched the whole group of us from the Rockpile Gates over to the main ticket window. As we walked around the building we could see Dinger over by the ticket window waiting for us.
Rockies,….that was a nice touch. Let me explain something about my last blog entry about Dinger. I don’t want the dude who’s inside Dinger to lose his job. (I’m sure he has little Dingett’s somewhere), I just wanted to see (or not see), inside of a tougher looking mascot for the Rockies.
Dinger grabed the control stick of this nice ladies wheelchair and was messing with her. She loved it.
While we were killing time waiting to get our tickets, Steve from the lottery walked up to Mylee and presented her with a Rockies backpack. She opened it up and inside was a 2007 League Championship collectible trophy, a MLB baseball, a Rockies hat and a Rockies rally towel.
I couldn’t believe it. Steve, thank you again. You didn’t have to do all that. In fact you didn’t have to do anything.
We’re always at the games early for batting practice so we can snag baseballs.
Mylee would have been thrilled if you had just tossed her one of the baseballs in the bucket.
That gift was “above and beyond” and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since 🙂
Seeing that “random act of kindness” from a Rockies employee made me smile and think about how proud I am to spend my time supporting “my team” the Rockies,..on multiple levels.
It’s worth a shot. I think I’m ok parking there (we’ll be there bright and early), but you never know.
Once they opened the ticket windows the line moved at a pretty good pace. People were purchasing large numbers of tickets, but every ticket window was open so that helped with the flow.
I wasn’t there to clean house on tickets. Remember I have a trip to Tucson coming up so that requires a wee bit of cash in itself. I picked up a few extra Rockpile tickets for opening day and the fireworks game pm July 3rd. Then I redeemed a few free game coupons that I had received last season for the kids and I.
End of my story. Sorry if you thought you might hear mention of Tulo or Helton. This story does however have a happy ending. That would be my daughter Mylee’s smile.
Only two weeks left the Mobile Blog Unit is officially mobile.
(This rather interesting camper is not the Mobile Blog Unit—–>)
On Dan’s recomendation I have taken my Jersey to Denver Atheletic to have “REAL” lettering stitched on professionally.
I hear they’re great, I can’t wait…D