Making Baseball Art

Last month I noticed friends on Facebook and Twitter posting some very interesting images. They were often profile pictures, but they weren’t photographs. Not exactly, anyway. They had the look of paintings in different artistic styles. They were using an iOS app called Prisma, and as an Android user I was a bit jealous. My friends were doing cool things with photos, and I wasn’t.

Thankfully, the Prisma app was released last week for Android, and two nights ago I downloaded it to my phone.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have many photos on my phone to play with as, at the beginning of July, I’d cleared my photos off my phone and archived them on my desktop. What I had at hand was mainly baseball photos.

My first effort, then, was a photo from the Baltimore Redbirds/Herndon Braves playoff game from early last week.

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I’m not sure, right now, which filter I used. I liked the effect, though. It looks like a cracked canvas.

Then I found a picture of Carbon Leaf from the Annapolis Irish Festival.

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That turned out really nice, though what appears to be a face at the lower left hand corner, which is nothing of the sort (it was a guitar stand), is kinda creepy. The effect was pretty cool.

And then I tried a picture from the Baltimore Orioles game I attended last week.

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I don’t even know which player is.

Then I went far back in my phone, to a Harrisburg Senators/Akron Rubberducks game in early July.

This is the original image.

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I tried a couple of different filters.

These weren’t bad at all.

Then, at random, I tried a filter called “Udnie,” inspired by Francis Picabia’s Udnie, Young American Girl.

And this was the result.

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“Wow,” I said. Wow.

It was exactly what I wanted, and I didn’t even know what I wanted. I was hoping to create something that looked vintage, something that evoked a Jazz Age baseball scene, something that would look perfect as the dust jacket of a book of baseball tales.

Not that I have such a book. I was speaking metaphorically.

And that’s exactly what I got.

I’ve cropped the resulting image so I can have it printed out, frame it, and hang it in my apartment.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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