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Colorization of Christy Mathewson, Pitcher for the 1910 New York Giants
This black and white photo of major league baseball player Christy Mathewson was taken in 1910. Christy Mathewson was one of the first five men voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and over one hundred years later he is still considered to be one of the top five pitchers of all time. His reputation for being a friendly and all around good guy earned him the nickname “The Christian Gentleman”
Mathewson enlisted in the United States Army in 1918 and served overseas with Ty Cobb in the newly formed Chemical Service. Sadly, Christy Mathewson was accidentally gassed during a training exercise and developed severe tuberculosis and lung damage. Upon return to the states, Mathewson became the coach of the New York Giants from 1919-1921 due to his illness. Sadly he succumbed to the tuberculosis in 1925 at the age of 45. I’ve always enjoyed the following quote of his:
“You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.” – Christy Mathewson
The colorization of this photo was simple enough to start but became increasingly difficult to get the tones right due to the shadows and lighting in the photo. For colorizing the eyes I used a base layer of blue set to soft light, then two shades of green with low opacity set to vivid light and then a white-blue around the center also set to soft light.
Below is the full size black and white photo as well as my full size colorization. Feel free to share this post on your social network of choice or leave a comment or question in the comment section below.