This was a project for my sidekick Eli Dodgson, who is a Junior at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. I’ve known Eli since he and and his family moved to NC from Maryland about six years ago. The story behind the head is that his mom wanted to get him something special to recognize his efforts in the classroom.
She simply asked that there be references to the three teams he plays for (FCA NC, @BattleLax and Millbrook). Aside from that, I had free range. E has also been known to suit up for @RaleighLacrosse (and did a stellar job filling in for me on D at Asheville last year playing against the old men), but I focused on the three teams that he primarily plays for.
I was going to go with the color combinations shown using my trusty marbling skills, but as I mentioned on a recent job, I wanted to try something different. I decided to refer to each team’s uniforms for inspiration and add Eli’s number from each team. As you can see, the initial blocks I had for the checkerboard were too big.
I had them redone and I’m pretty satisfied with how the whole thing turned out. More importantly, Eli loved it. I put in another shooter knowing his style and had him give it a toss tonight. I’m hoping he doesn’t bust it out for his game tomorrow night as I got it to him after practice tonight, but I’m pretty sure he will.
Here is Eli’s highlight video from his trip with FCA to Long Island this past summer:
(Editor’s Note: Kid can ball a little, huh? Poised, efficient in his movements, clears well. New hot recruit!)