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For Marc Kaufman at RUNNER'S WORLD. Marc is great to work wih as any of you who've had a chance to work with him already know. Smart and easy going. Marc also selected the running shoes. Even though I was twice all-state running champion of the Lehigh Valley back in my youth it's been been a long time since then and styles have changed. I made that last bit up. Still, a man can dream can't he?
I like to keep my sketches simple. The basic idea is there but the composition works itself out as material is selected and integrated into the work. Because of its placement on the page, Marc wanted this piece to have a background. We decided to have them running down a street in the 'burbs.
An early pass. The boys running together with Lincoln having hit the wall. The first house was eliminated. Marc wanted to see Washington running away from the pack and up a hill. It was the right decision. I kept seeing the figures in the final as being animated.
Tim O'Brien helped me pick out the running shoe for this image. As many of you know, he's a marathon runner and better versed in these matters. I wanted to use Tim's latest NYC marathon number on the guy but time ran out and I had to turn the piece in before he could get back to me on that.



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