What’s Wrong with this Picture?

January 30th, 2007 | Posted in General

I’m a baseball fan. Really. I have season tickets to the little team that could, the Minnesota Twins, and take my kids to ball games all summer long. I know the names of players as deep as our single A minor league teams that are on the fast track to the??ᬨ‚Ć majors. I even keep score and prefer to listen to games on the radio as opposed to watching on TV (the sign of a real fan). So, I was incredibly embarrassed when my art director told me I made an error on this image from last week:


Do you see it? Well, if two players are colliding in the field when trying to catch the same pop fly they would have one thing in common… THEY’D BE IN THE SAME UNIFORM, BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE SAME TEAM!!

Ouch. That’s a bonehead mistake. I was so wrapped up in trying to separate the figures via color when they are so entangled visually that it never occurred to me they needed to be in the same uniform. No wonder I dropped so many pop flys as a kid… I must have been confused that another member of my team was nearby on the field.

The worst part was that my art director just fixed the art himself, rather than call me to make the changes. I scolded him about that. I didn’t care about his altering the art… I’m sure it looks fine. I was upset that he took the time to do it. It’s my job to deliver a final piece of art that is mistake free and what they were looking for. If I don’t do that, then I should be required to fix any issues with the image. That’s what I’m paid to do. My art director just laughed about it, and shrugged it off as no big deal. He said he and the other people in the art department got a laugh over it, and they razzed me about not being much of a baseball fan on speakerphone. When I mentioned my Twin’s season tickets, one guy asked me if I even knew the color of the Twin’s jerseys. I asked, “Do you want to know the color of the home, home alternate, road or road alternate jersey?” That shut him up!

I’d hope in the future that art director will make sure and let me handle any mistakes like that one. He has enough to do without needing to revise artwork that should have come in ready to use. I hope the freelance police don; revoke my artistic license.


  1. Matt. says:

    You received a comment on the direction of the ball before but not this. Kind of ironic, haha.

  2. pokedachef says:

    haha, oh no TOM! Well it could have worked for an illustration about the players taking to many drugs!


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