Colorization of Christy Mathewson, Pitcher for the 1910 New York Giants


Black and White Photo Of Christy Mathewson Colorized

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.

 Black and white photo of Christy Mathewson   Black and White Photo Of Christy Mathewson Colorized

All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within is the sole work of Wayne Degan.


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    February 12, 2016 at 3:16 am

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    • MetaColor
      February 12, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Wow, thank you very much for the kind words! That is incredibly motivating. I am not going anywhere and have some really great work to publish very soon. I only took the past month off to work on a few commissioned projects and to finish up some very complicated colorizations. Beginning this weekend, I will be back with regular updates and will be posting some of my best work to date. Again, thank you for checking out my photo work as well as the kind words, I really appreciate it.

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