Painting a Baseball Glove: Step-by-Step Look at the Portrait Process

A Peek at Where all the Hours Go

Photo by DaviesPhoto.ca

This Painted Glove featuring Cecil Cooper was especially time-intensive, easily topping the 40 hour mark.

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Completing this work included: researching the glove he used, finding an available glove, selecting which career highlights to feature, locating reference photos (one of which was supplied, thankfully), designing all of these elements around the landscape of the vintage Rawlings first base mitt, then getting down to painting and hand-lettering. Whew!

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Here's a look at how it all came together using acrylic paints and some pretty tiny brushes.

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First blocking in the areas to be painted.

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Getting the iconic Brewers color scheme and placement worked out.

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First strokes of the portrait, with accurate placement of features of primary concern at this stage.

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Getting started on the hat details.

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Finally getting there!

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There was a second batting stance portrait added on the thumb.

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Ready for the small lettering now.

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What a career!

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Cecil was very complimentary about how it turned out.

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And one lucky Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Camp participant got to take this keepsake home, signed by Coop.

Now back to the drawing board and the next painted glove...  Thanks for taking a look.