“Adapt, or go the way of the dinosaurs.”
Those were the exact words from one of my visiting professors in art school who was teaching a liberal arts class. He required that students email him the homework paper assignments, rather than type, print and “hand” in class. That was the mid-90’s, and not all students had email accounts, nor full-time access to a computer. Art school was still very traditional, and the computer graphic art was very cumbersome. But to me, that professor’s request in a non-artistic class, was an entry to the digital age.
Fast-forward to today, we decided to try our hand in doing our first digitally-rendered illustration on the computer. A lot of clients have told me, that our traditional drawing style would be very hard to replicate on the computer, but that did not stop us from wanting to explore it. This was the perfect time to execute a project that was in the concept stage for over a year. As a history buff and a lacrosse-nut, I remember seeing an exhibition at the Museum of Natural History in NYC, of old, Native-American lacrosse sticks all lined up. I noticed that it stopped at a certain point, leaving out the synthetic, plastic and metal materials of today’s lacrosse sticks. I decide to do my own version and finish the line-up with lacrosse sticks from the present day. Here are the digital progression pics:
It was really awkward drawing digitally but it as quick, and not messy! :o) As things were coming together, and looking consistent to our idea, we were hunting for a name to the piece.
That was the saying in our team huddle before the opening whistle. Almost like “hands in”. The statement brought us together, in unity. And that was the title for the piece being done – ‘Sticks Up’. While it is a lesson in lacrosse history, progression and innovation, it demonstrates a union throughout the generations from the Native-American founders to the present day players.
Available in reproduction print, framed and matted options, oversized prints, Fathead® Wall Decals and canvas wraps, and stationary notecards for any season.
If you are heading to the WILC 2015, this piece will be on display at the LaxAllStars booth. Come check it out.
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