This was the first sports portrait, aka: “sportrait”, that was rendered by Inkster. It was unique at the time to portraits because it not only features a life-sized head and shoulders view of the player, but it also showcases an offensive and a defensive full figured action image. This was set up with Qualcomm Stadium as a backdrop and boasts the flags of all of the members of the 3,000 Hit Club.
Set against the comfortable grounds of Camden Yards, this oil pastel piece of Cal Ripken was completed shortly after the conclusion of the Tony Gwynn art.
This is perhaps the best of the Padres player renderings. Hoffman’s signature delivery is on full display here, broken down into three separate sections.
This was the second image of a Padre great that was captured in oil pastel, on Canson paper. The time-lapse styled process is shown here in 14 steps in effort to show how something like this comes together. Indian Red pastel is laid down first, followed by lighter and lighter shades of color. Each new color is blended into the colors that preceded them.
Ken was good enough to sign an original version of a portrait that was created of him and really seemed to be impressed with it. So about a year later, a second version was created expressly for him. It was signed by numerous Padres fans during a tailgate period, and then routed to Ken who had rejoined the Houston Astros. Word is that picture was hung in his game room.
T.G. & ME.
Tony Gwynn and Nate Robb pose with one of two prints that were made of this original work. One of those prints were kept by Inkster, the other framed print was given to Mr. Gwynn as a way to thank him for signing a print.
A COMMISSIONED PORTRAIT.
This 20″ x 24″ oil pastel portrait was commissioned for a client as a gift.