Last night we were sitting on the couch watching the Steelers and the Ravens. They come back from a commercial showing the inside of an artist's studio and a guy painting this really great portrait in sort of a graffiti style. And then before I know it, it's back to the game. I'm like what was that?
“When I was a kid I would draw and draw and draw, because I couldn’t afford paints,” he said. An NFL salary changed that, and he took to it with the same discipline as the physical training and playbook memorization of football.
“I approached it like a job,” he said, devoting hours each day to painting and poring over texts on art and design. Although never formally trained (he studied communications at Texas Tech), he counts Andy Warhol, Banksy and Dr. Seuss among his influences.
“In grade school someone would ask what do you want to be, and I’d say ‘an artist,’ and they’d say, ‘Be realistic,’ and I’d say, ‘Well then, I want to be a football player,’ and they’d say, ‘Be realistic’,” laughed the guy who has managed to do both by age 26.
I love what he says in the video about naming artwork (which is something that I really struggle with)
"With my paintings, I was trying to make them and then name them. And it doesn't work like that. I started thinking of it like no one would name their 13 year-old son when he's thirteen years old. He's going to name him probably before he's born, right? So that son grows up to mean what his name is intended. ... You don't name your kids mid-life. I was like, man, that works the same way with art. ../ If I can name my piece something meaningful, that I want it to mean something, then I can build around that everything else, the subject matter, the colors to tell the name of it. Then I'm making art." --Baron Batch
Talk about busting stereotypes...from the NFL to an art studio! I love it!