Dinger Dino Makeover Winner is…..

4/5/14

A huge thank you goes to the three Artists participating in the Dinger Dino Makeover, Kevin,  Kyle and Paul. I am a fan of all three of your artwork and I really appreciate you giving the Rockpile Rant your time and take on what a “Tougher Dinger” could look like. I thought all three entries were excellent and were representative of each of the Artist’s styles.

202 people voted and the winner was Paul Koslow of PK Design who received 72.28% of the votes.

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Paul Koslow PK Design 72.28%  (146 votes) 

 

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Vote For Your Favorite Dinger

3-30-2014

First off I’d like to seriously thank Kevin, Kyle and Paul for all agreeing to participate in this Dinger Dino Makeover. I think all three Artists did a helluva job.

 This Dino Makeover was not a protest of any sort, it was only for fun.  So with that being said have fun with this and vote for your favorite “Toughened Up Dinger”. If your digg’n Kevin, Kyle and Paul’s stuff visit their websites and check out their other works of art.

I like how each Artists interpretation of a “Tough Dinger” was similar but different.

Here is Kevin of K.gillettE  Images entry.

Kevins Dinger Final submitted

Here’s Kyle of Kyle Banister Baseball Art entry.

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Here is Paul of PK Designs entry.

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You can vote right up until midnight of Rockies Opening Day April 4th, 2014. 

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Enough is Enough…Let’s Make Dinger Tough

2/22/2014

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.

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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.

Tickle_me_elmo_boxThe 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.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

“Improved Dinger”.

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.

Artist #1
Kevin Gillette Artist living in OregonHuge 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

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 You can check out Kevin’s work at: K.gillettE Images.

Below is a sample of Kevin’s artwork.

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Here is Kevin’s “Dinger Dino Makeover Page”. Click so you can see his sketches and completed work..

Artist #2

Kyle Banister.. Colorado Sports Artist and Photographer.

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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.

Below are:

Kyle’s Personal Facebook Page

Kyle Banister-Baseball Art

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.

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Click here for a link to Kyle’s Dinger Dino Makeover Page for his sketches and completed work.

Artist #3

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.

Paul Koslow

You can check out Paul’s work at: Paul Koslow Photography.

Below is a sample of Paul’s work.

Pauls 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.

Click right here to VOTE for your favorite Dinger.

Winner will be notified on April 5th. Good luck to you fellas and thanks for participating…“D”

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Kyle’s Kyle Banister Baseball Art “Dinger Dino Makeover Page”

Here are a few sketches of Kyle Banisters Dinger Dino Makeover.

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Kyle B Dinger sketch 2

Here is Kyle’s completed work. Thanks you and good luck to you Kyle!

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If you’d like to vote for Kyle’s Dinger CLICK HERE.

Paul’s PK Design “Dinger Dino Makeover Page”

The DINGER Project

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 Dinger B&W

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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.

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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.

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So here is the final!

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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!

If you’d like to vote for Paul’s Dinger CLICK HERE.

Kevin’s K.gillettE “Dinger Dino Makeover Page”

Dinger in Progress #1

Dinger Keving sketch #1

Dinger in Progress #2

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Here it is Kevin’s entry for the Dinger Dino Makeover…Thanks Kevin!

Kevins Dinger Final submitted

If you’d like to vote for Kevin’s Dinger CLICK HERE.

When you’re not Legit…You eat Bird Shit

February 2, 2014

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I went back and forth on whether I wanted to write a blog about this game. In the end I decided to do it because I need to get this out of my system.

The last time I remember being this upset over any professional sports anything was when the Rockies attended the World Series in 2007 and decided not to show up. That is exactly how I felt about Superbowl XLVIII. The Broncos may have been wearing their orange home jerseys but I didn’t recognize anyone on that field in New Jersey.

I can’t even begin to tell you how kerfuffled I am right now. Before the game began I was chatting with my wife about the Superbowl being in Arizona next year and  Peyton Manning had agreed to play another season. We discussed how close Arizona is and how cool it would be if the Broncos were in the Superbowl next year and the possibility of actually attending the Superbowl if a lot of things fell into place.

Now I’m confident I wouldn’t make that trip to Arizona.

Ask the Broncos fans flying home who attended the game yesterday how they’re feeling and see how confident they are in ole Peyton’s post-season performance now and going forward. I’ll tell you what, that has got to be one depressing flight home. These Broncos fans probably spent upwards of  5 or 6 grand a piece and it wasn’t even a good game. In my opinion this was the worst Superbowl I’ve ever watched.

Even the commercials were extremely lame compared to previous years. An entire year to work on those commercials you’d think they could come up with some funnier stuff.

Way to go Joe…He’s the man, but I can’t believe they still let him attend Superbowl’s loaded. Don’t you love the way he flipped the coin before heads or tails was called? That’s a flip fail.

Former New York Jets quarterback Namath performs the official coin toss prior to the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford

The game pretty much went downhill from this point…The first play.

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Props to the mighty Seahawks. They were everything some arrogant fans said they were and more. They DOMINATED this entire game. I’ve never seen a team make the great P-F-M look more like an aging chump than the Seahawks did last night. What I needed to see was a tight game. I needed to see the Seahawks under pressure.

I needed to see the Seahawks defense scramble to adjust to Manning’s last-minute changes at the line.

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I needed to see Knowshon Moreno having the game of his life.

Knowshon Moreno

I needed to see my man Pot Roast serving up some dinner.

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I needed to see Champ Bailey seize this opportunity. You know,.. 15 years in the league and this being his first Superbowl and all.

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I saw none of that, not even an onside kick after the half? Sometimes I wish John Fox had a pair. It’s the Superbowl and you go big or you go home a loser. Words can barely convey how disappointed I am in my team.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m not sure what I was watching but it didn’t look like the same Broncos team that I’ve seen breaking NFL records all season long. Now we get to start over which I find extremely depressing because even if the Broncos go 16-0 in next years regular season….

I have absolutely no faith that Manning can win the big game.

Peyton choke

That folks,…just sucks…Think about it.

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I’ve never heard of Bruno Mars before but I’ve been listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers since the 80′s.

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Again props to the Seattle Seahawks..Superbowl XLVIII Champions.

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I’m “D” the Ranter…Always a Broncos fan.

Futures not so bright and bird shit ain’t right.

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Manning Delivers…Rivers Withers

1/12/14

Say that title three times fast.

Alternate title… “A broken bolt has no volt”

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Chargers vs Broncos Playoffs at…

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For two weeks I had to listen to folks that know more about football than me tell me not to count out the San Diego Chargers. Granted they are coached by a former Bronco, but I just didn’t believe the hype. Plus I like Phillip Rivers about as much as I like the smell of that Purina dog food plant on I-70 mid-summer.

The Broncos parking lots open 5 hours before the start of each game.  That means if you’re mountain folk, you need to wake up and hit the road way to early and be in your car in line by at least 7:30am. If not, you’ll be trying to tailgate on some side street and the homeowners who live there don’t dig on that too much(especially that early). I had no troubles getting up this morning, I was so ready for this game I couldn’t sleep.

Smooth sailing getting a tailgating spot and by the time we headed into the Stadium we were in the perfect mood to see some post-season football :)

Was it cold? There were moments of warmth when the sun would pop out of the clouds and for a few minutes I actually felt overdressed. But once the sun went down and the wind kicked up even harder it was cold enough to hang a coat off of ‘ole Elway’s nipples.

In order to have a good time at Mile High you have to seriously learn how to ignore the assholes. I figure a good portion of folks here have had a few more to drink than they should have and once they’ve had too many the dumb ass in them likes to find its way out. I find the older I get the less I like dealing with intoxicated people. I’m not sure where I stand yet with whether folks should be able to smoke weed inside Mile High Stadium but I do feel like people who smoke tend to behave better in public.

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I am in no way trying to start a debate here, I’ve just seen enough alcohol infused fights and piles of Pabst Blue Ribbon puke to last a lifetime. With all of that alcohol being consumed have you seen how long the line is to take a leak?

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Seriously, you can wait up to 20 minutes or longer to whiz. That’s a LONG 20 minutes if you’re a man over 40…Just say’n.

On the other hand if everyone was high…

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The line to whiz would be shorter, but when you got hungry the line for food would be a bitch.

I usually start my blog entries on MLBlogs(here), then when I start to get picture heavy I continue on my other blog as it is designed to show the pictures in full resolution. So with that being that please…

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Cheers and Eeers to a Happy New Year!

Good luck to all of you in 2014

“D” the Ranter!!

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Broncos T-Bag the Jags

nfl_jaguars_vs_broncosThere’s nothing like an early morning tailgate party.

Bronco’s parking lots open at 9am for a 2:00 game. Either you’ve got your shit packed the night before or you’re gett’n up at the crack of dawn to load that car. Krista and I have no elaborate tailgating ensemble right now until the VW bus is finished. For now we just bring food, booze, our chairs, my Broncos cornhole game and a lot of enthusiasm.

We rolled in about 10 am and managed to get a decent spot to tailgate and play a lil cornhole. I wanted to get inside the Stadium a bit early so I wouldn’t miss the Todd Helton tribute.

Tebow to Jacksonville…Hmmm?

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