Mark Buehrle – 1985 Donruss Diamond King
I actually made this card before the regular ’85 Donruss card of Mark. I was looking through some old cards and thought that it would be neat to try and make a Diamond King card. I chose 1985 because this site was driven by the 25th anniversary of my first ballgame. The main part of the card was not too hard to make. I had to take an actual Diamond King banner from a ’85 card to make my own because I had no clue where to begin making one. I added my own personal touch to it by putting my brand on it. I had a lot of trouble with the background at first. Nothing looked right. I tried many colors, but none of them did it for me. I ended up with colors similar to the ones the ’85 Sox team wore, and put a burlap filter on them. For some reason I liked how that ended up and stayed with it.
The pictures were both taken at the Sox game at Wrigley last Saturday. The close up head shot was taken of Mark as he was leaving the bullpen and walking to the dugout before the game. The smaller action picture was taken as Mark was on the mound during that game. I filtered them with my editing program to look like a charcoal drawing. I tried some of the paint and pencil filters, but they did not look good. The charcoal filter made it look a little closer to the Diamond King style.