Monday, June 30, 2008

July 4th, 2008 Illustration Friday Fierce



They never give up, nor surrender to fatigue
These the boys, of the Babe Ruth Little League
Shorter than his bat
Weighing slightly more than his helmet
There was never a hitter quite as fierce
Standing at the plate, was Little Timmy Pierce
As ball left hand
Tension crackled in the stands
His bat did twitch and with a mighty swing
Lil' Timmy had hit the tar out of that pitch.

The topic today, was "Fierce." I drew this whilst listening to a game yesterday. I was working on it when Jim Thome hit a big two run homer in the 8th to seal the win for the White Sox. Big Jim is a fierce hitter indeed, so I wrote my little verse, and decided to use it for Illustration Friday.

18 comments:

NANCY LEFKO said...

Your illustration is great, but a I cannot share your exuberance about Thome's home run....you see, I am a CUBS FAN !!

Alicia Padrón said...

Very cool Ryan! Great idea and concept. Love your poem too :o)

The illo is so fresh, clean looking I love that. Oh and his red gloves are a perfect touch too.

You have a profile picture, I see you! Hi :o)

nijlon said...

Great idea, story, and illustration.

The Green Telephone said...

I don't know the first thing about baseball but I really like the illustration :-)

RyanLoghry said...

Thanks for your comments everyone, I'm glad you liked the illustration.

Nancy -- Actually, my baseball allegiance is to the Yankees, and since I live on the west coast, I'm used to being alone in my exuberance. 8 )

I do have a soft spot for the Cubbies, since Lou took over the helm, but don't let Kathleen Rietz hear that.

Alicia -- I successfully resisted the urge to noodle the poem to death, and the red gloves, it just seemed to fit his personality, to have that splash of color.

I debated whether to post a cartoon drawing, or a photo for my profile. That may change from time to time, based on my mood.

Thanks Nijlon! For those of you not familiar with Nijlon's work, check it out. He has an awesome style. I'm particularly fond of Christmas Card 3, and Goth Princess.

And thank you Madame Green Telephone. Baseball is a passion of mine, and it finds it's way into my work often. As do monkeys, elephants, and other odds and ends. I really liked your entry for Hoard by the way.

Kate said...

Awesome Ryan! Another great illustration!

(Go Sox)

Alina Chau said...

Lovely!!

kari said...

great illustration Ry - I've seen that pose in many a little league game. gotta love the detail - and can just decipher the Yankees logo on his uniform!

Roberta said...

Great illustration and verse!!!

FrecklesandDeb said...

Nice job on the verse and picture! Competition is indeed intense and fierce -- but how in the world did he see that ball with the helmet covering his eyes?!!!!

RyanLoghry said...

Kari -- Yes, it's true. Timmy Pierce plays for the Skookum Falls Yankees. Good eye. 8 )

Deb -- All of the great hitters can sense the ball. Sort of like using the force.

ms. froggie said...

jim thome...boo, hooo, hoo...we HAD him. :((( this is a wonderful little piece, ryan! really love his helmet and your verse! great work! :))

andi butler said...

Haven't decided if I want to root for the Cubbies or the Sox...but I can't tell you this is super cute, verse and all! I do prefer the Sox uniforms..Sorry Nancy!

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Liz Jones said...

Ah, so cute! This could be my youngest... great take on the theme!

Rachel said...

I'll be seeing this tonight at a Little League All-Star Game.

Edrian Thomidis said...

Great illustration!
Kinda funny, I'm not a big sports fan, but I had a similar idea (kid's baseball game). I did not finish it for lack of time, but posted as a sketch anyway... check it out at http://edrianthomidis.blogspot.com

Loni Edwards said...

This is a great idea! I love the verse too. Good job Ryan!

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