Back in art school, drawing classes of many kinds had us do a number of ‘still life’ exercises of many kinds. :o) You know, the ones with fruit, bottles, a chair, a bed sheet, or maybe a book placed somewhere, etc? After a while, still life drawings in art school got boring because, nothing changed in a way – it felt automatic. Recently a custom piece from a client required me to do kind of a still life exercise, based on my ‘Gear‘ series. After doing a number of action projects, it was good to change it up back to the fundamentals.
The challenge was to make the modern lacrosse sticks Native-American. I always believed that most of the times, the customer or client has the better idea. In this case, the idea provided to me seemed very fun to execute.
It was time to set up the still life and take the reference pic for composition. Can you guess the classic sticks in the photo?
The progress pics, below.
The still life exercises were getting back to me, but I don’t think I ever did a lacrosse-themed one in art school? I wanted to make this real and highly detailed. Everything was coming together nicely.
I was having a lot of fun mostly with the rendering of the leathers and the pocket, overall. I wanted to show the hand crafted art of traditional stringing, that was done for the player, and by the player who was going to use it, that sort of feel. The stringing may not be perfect or pretty, but it works. :o)
As it was coming to a finish, I remember the customer/client telling me that this piece was going to be a graduation present for her son who will have it made into a tattoo. That should look pretty cool, too! But, what was also cool was the customer letting future customers have reproduction print sales of the new piece, below.
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