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
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!