Recently, I posted on my social-media accounts about finding a few of my sketchbooks from my art school days at The Pratt Institute. My senior thesis prior to graduating in 2000, was to illustrate the history of lacrosse from the Native-Americans to the present day. The goal, back then, was to make the illustrious ‘Pratt Senior Show’ to validate all the hard work and effort in something unique, but manifestly, not done before.
Inside the pages of the sketchbook were reminders of the earliest stages, of what is now called ‘The Art of Lax’ and the foundations of the products known, today.
The two images, above, of the Native-Americans honoring the game was for the first piece of the series. With the help of one of my college buddies, who played lacrosse and did the figure poses for the camera, those sketches eventually turned into the piece, below.
17 years later, ‘The Creators’ is still a popular seller on the website.
More sketches and thoughts done using the same black, ink pen that I still use to this day! The sketch, above, was to prep for the following images and genres, below, of the senior thesis:
But, some of the recent products from the past couple of years such as another popular seller called ‘Sticks Up!’ can be found in an early stage, inside the sketchbook, as well.
I didn’t make the ‘Senior Show’ after my thesis was done. I was devastated but I also wasn’t surprised, either. The kind of work produced in an athletic genre, wasn’t understood or geared for that audience – artists. And that is a very important lesson from that experience. Find your tribe!
However, 17 years later almost to the date of my college graduation, some warm surprises are never too late to happen on social-media. :o)
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