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
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
Braves vs Rockies Game 2
Today’s adventure started out early. Hunter and I headed to Groove Chevrolet in Littleton to support MVP Sports and Colorado sports Artist Kyle Banister who was helping host a Wilin Rosario autograph session.
When we arrived it was still early on in the session and not many folks had arrived yet. I was able to shake hands with Wilin, get one of Kyle’s Rosario prints autographed, and get a picture of Wilin autographed for Hunter.
Wilin was kind enough to pose with us for a picture. I asked Wilin what his favorite part of being a Rockie this season and his face lit up and he said:
“Everything man, the fans, the players, I love it.”
What Wilin doesn’t know at this point is once you shake the hand of the Ranter..Good things begin to happen.
Wilin is a really nice guy and Kyle drew an awesome print for this autograph session. As we were leaving we ran into Amy, Eric, Gary and Alannah X who were hang’n round enjoying the free lunch after getting Wilin’s autograph.
What I love about Kyle’s artwork is when you step back a few feet it comes to life.
Whenever I think of the Braves I think of my buddy Andy from Spring training. As much as I’ve taken abuse from him about the Rockies, I give it back too. I enjoy the Braves in town because it usually results in a good batting practice and today did not disappoint.
For a change of pace I switched up gloves. I had a small amount of play from the Rockies today but each time the ball would drop short or fly over my head. However, once the Braves took over the field I knew I had picked the right part of the pavilion to be standing. My first ball was a toss-up that bounced short of the first row. I was able to snatch it up on the second bounce. My second ball was hit hard and I knew it was going to land in the tunnel. I headed for the tunnel, turned back and was positioned for a perfect tunnel catch. At the last-minute another dude reached into the tunnel from the pavilion and deflected the ball. It went into the tunnel and through the door. I ran in and snagged it.
At this point I’m glad I’ve snagged two balls but I still hadn’t caught one on the fly this season. This was grinding on me hard. Finally with about ten minutes left of BP Dan Uggla hit a homer that had my name on it. I took a few steps to my left and made a perfect catch. I can’t tell you how glad I was to get that first one out-of-the-way.
Today was Cinco De Mayo or as I heard a Rockies fan say Drinko De Mayo 🙂
Here are a few pre-game pictures.
My mission today was to get pictures of Chipper Jones last time at Coors Field.
Cuddy’s Grand Slam..A nice shot into the pavilion.
Jamie Moyers first hit as a Rockie.
I told you once you shake the hand of the Ranter good things happen. This is one of two Rosario homers tonight.
Here’s not only Chipper Jones but Chipper as his bat is starting to shred. First time I’ve gotten a shot of a bat breaking this particular way. Chipper was money tonight and had a career high 5 RBI’s.
Here’s what Tracy had to say about Esmil Rogers:
“With Esmil, it’s back and forth,” Tracy said. “A good day, a bad day, a good day, another bad day. Which guy’s coming? Which guy’s going to show up? That’s what we have to sort out and get to the point where we know a consistent guy’s going to show up on a regular basis. That’s where we’re failing, right?
Major group duck!
Jim Tracy and his thoughts about the loss:
“That’s the worst game of the year for us. From the sixth inning on, we didn’t pitch at all. We had a 6-0 lead after two innings, and once we went to our bullpen no one that we ran out there threw with any consistency whatsoever. When you’ve scored 17 runs in the first two games of the series and you haven’t won one, it gives you a pretty good idea of where we’re failing.”
It’s tough to watch Jamie pitch so well then watch a nice lead slip away.
Final Score: Braves 13 Rockies 7…Ouch that’s two now.
I’m “D” The Ranter and I’m thinking I need to shake hands with all of the Rockies.
It’s one thing to admire someone’s artwork. What takes that to a new level is when that person admires your work and they take it and they add their own touch to it.
Here’s a picture I recently took at the Steelers vs Broncos game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Here’s that same picture after Kyle Banister got ahold of it 🙂
Thanks Kyle, I’m honored and I think you did a fantastic job. If you’d like to see what’s next on Kyle’s drawing board become his friend on FACEBOOK. He’s working on a Giambi piece next 🙂
I’m “D” The Ranter and this is some cool stuff…”D”
Avalanche 2nd pick Gabriel Landeskog will make an appearance at MVP Sports Cards & Memorabilia.
He will be at MVP November 19th from 3:00- 4:30. This will be Gabriel’s first public Autograph apperance. Gabriel is donating all the money from the signing to Foothills Youth Hockey.
Space is limited because the pricing for Gabriel’s autograph is a GREAT deal at only ten bucks.
Stop by MVP SPORTS CARDS AND MEMORABILIA early and pick-up something for Gabriel to Autograph.
414 S Teller St, in the Belmar Shopping Center, Littleton Colorado. 303-972-8393