I have special places in my heart for each one of my drawings, but I wouldn’t be totally honest if I didn’t say this is one of my favorites. I decided to push the limits of detail in this drawing. I tried to summon extreme patience but could not help but rush a little as I was becoming excited at what was appearing on the paper. Although this was definitely my most time consuming piece yet (over 100 hours), I finished it in only a couple of weeks because I just couldn’t stop working on it. Staying up until 3 or 4 am was becoming the norm when working on ‘Stanzi’. The little things that most people may not see are sometimes my favorite in a piece like this. The light pole behind the stands of Kinnick in his helmet that appears to illuminate, the stitching in Rick’s jersey or the veins in his hand. I believe that it may be these “little things” that people may not look at directly but when viewed over time it makes them ask ‘That is a drawing?’ This piece is also a culmination of suggestions from friends and fellow fans. While casually talking with them, they would mention things like “If you do a Stanzi, you have to capture the flyover,” or “You have to catch that shot of him during the National Anthem”. It’s the connections with fans which makes this so much fun because as I always tell everyone, I’m just a Hawkeye fan first, the art is the icing on the cake.
The ‘Stanzi’ is also my first piece that is extremely limited in numbers and could truly become a collector piece and potentially increase in value. One very special print signed by Rick himself has been donated to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and will be auctioned at their annual golf open on June 21st, 2012.