“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” – General George S. Patton
Let’s file this one under a “Flashback Friday”, just because. I was recently asked in a client meeting what my toughest project ever given to me was, and I wondered if it was lacrosse-related, or non-lacrosse-related. Well the answer is not lacrosse-realted, or a sports-genre, at all. It was a full sized drawing of over 80 portraits of the entire faculty and staff of my grade school in NYC, The Saint David’s School. In early 2006, I was commissioned by the school’s Headmaster to do a piece that is sized to almost 30×40 inches. I asked a friends of mine, an alum who works in the development office, for pics of the piece today. Below are what he took.
“Pressure is something you put in your tires, or on yourself.” – Charles Barkley
You can only erase so much with pencil before it smudges all over, the once you spray it down it won’t come off, ever. The portraits had to be recognizable, enough. :o) For the background, the Headmaster wanted to have the architecture from Raphael’s ‘The School of Athens’. Ugh, architecture – it had to be well proportioned! I haven’t seen it since delivery to the school in 2006. It hangs in the hallway leading to the faculty lounge. Seeing it now, makes other projects seem, for the lack of a better word, easy. It was the toughest project I ever took on.
Happy Friday & Flashback Friday!