A while back I mentioned on my Facebook page that I was going to have a new piece coming out titled “Unto the Breach”. It is a line from William Shakespeare’s “Henry the V” and I also mentioned that it would have the lacrosse goalie element somehow mixed in. English class back in school did not appeal to me considering it was the class I spent the most time doodling lacrosse players in my notebook. No offense to my english teachers in the past – you guys were great, and I still have some of my favorite books/novels on my bookshelf at home.
I needed another goalie piece in the mix and instead of making a save, posing in a stance, etc… I decided to illustrate the goalie running up the field with the ball, clearing it himself. It’s a gutsy move for goalies considering they always feel safe in their “circle”. However, there are times when they are called to take matters in their own hands and rush up the field, knowing that they are “marked targets” from their opposition. The times I have done that, made me feel that I was taking a risk, stepping into the unknown, stepping “…once more, unto the breach dear friends, once more!”
“Unto the Breach” pen & ink. 8×12 inches.
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Henry the V.
Another of my favorite quotes/scenes in the play – the Band of Brothers speech.