Wednesday, April 22, 2020

2020 Topps Project 2020 -- Jackie Robinson by Blake Jamieson

The third Jackie Robinson Project 2020 card is now up for grabs and it was created by New York based pop-portrait artist Blake Jamieson -- although he originates from the Bay Area and went to school at UC Davis. Go here to check out the card and order. A complete checklist of all the cards in the set can be found here.

The Project 2020 set is really geared for an artist like Blake. After beginning his career in a corporate setting, he transitioned to creating his own art five years ago -- quickly establishing himself as one of the premier portrait artist to celebrities and sports athletes of all stripes. Per Marshall Garvey at Dodger Nation:
So I started out, I’d say the first year or so, I did primarily NFL players. And then about a year-and-a-half ago, I started branching out to some other sports: baseball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer. I’d say it was probably six months ago that Topps reached out to me for this specific project. Which was awesome, because of all the sports, I actually haven’t done very many baseball players, but I loved collecting Topps cards as a kid. It’s super exciting! 
So my art that I’ve kind of developed, my style I guess, is very influenced by street art and graffiti. It’s just a type of art that I’m very drawn to. However, I am usually working on canvas instead of out in the streets. So in painting what is now around 350 athletes over the last two and a half or three years, I’ve kind of developed a style where a lot of people who follow my work could pick it out of a lineup and say, “That one is Blake!”
It’s hard to explain exactly why that is, but it’s just because I’ve done something over and over and over, and have that repetition and have this distinct, graffiti style. So when reimagining these cards, first and foremost, I want to pay tribute to the cards themselves, because I collected baseball cards growing up as a kid.
You can follow Blake on twitter here: @blakejamieson. Instagram here: @athlete.portraits. YouTube here: @BlakeJamieson. You can find his website here: blaketheartist. More importantly, Blake Jamieson is a Dodger fan.

BTW, Blake has a YouTube channel and he has been active there. In fact, he has a video where he shares his process in creating the Nolan Ryan rookie card for Topps' Project 2020 set. You can watch that here. On top of that he just put up a video where he uses 2020 Topps Heritage cards to create an abstract painting.
Below is a current Jackie Robinson checklist of Topps Project 2020 cards with their corresponding artist and print runs:
  • #3 - Naturel -- (link here) -- 1,302 print run
  • #31 - Sophia Chang -- (link here) -- 2,741 print run

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