Entrenadores de los Rattlers
This is a 16" x 20" Pastel
Drawing of Mark Hassall and Jim Loughlin.
- Head Coaches
Medicine Hat College Rattlers Soccer Teams -
Copyright by Joe Versikaitis
This particular game I snapped 570 photos. I
believe I managed to capture a few players and of course these
The meaning of " Los Entrenadores " is Spanish for " The Coaches
In the 2008 Rattler's Men's Team there was a diversity of
players from different cultures. Like Sarajevo, Japan, and
Guatemala. The culture that was very prominent was from
Guatemala or the Spanish culture. Although the team was made up
of a majority Canadian group, I was taken back by the Spanish
fan fare that came out to the games.
" Los Entrenadores " the name of this piece is dedicated to that
Spanish fan fare and the pastel drawing is dedicated to Jim and
Mark, coaches of the Medicine Hat College Rattlers Men's Soccer
I know that I speak on be half of all the soccer parents that
had the privilege of experiencing both of your talents, THANK
YOU for all the hard work you both have put into the soccer
system in Medicine Hat. All prep work before each practice and
the strategies before each game.
This pastel drawing is my own way of saying THANK YOU Coaches or
should I say Mucha Gracias!
When I took the picture of Mark, I
noticed that his sunglasses were very dark. In doing portrait
paintings I always like the idea of seeing that person eyes. So
I took Marks photo into Photoshop where I was able to run curves
on it. In Curves, it lets you control the dark or light hues of
a photo. I was able to slowly eliminate the dark part of
the glasses. This allowed me to see his eyes a lot better. Also
the reflection of the players that were standing beside him they
became more prominent. In turn I incorporated this into the
pastel drawing. I wanted to capture the sunlight on his face
without giving him too much shadow. I really didn't want to show
hardly any shadow. I want to bring the feeling of what a
beautiful day for a soccer game even though it was a bit cool
for that time of year.
With Jim, I wanted to capture
intensity, strictness and the authoritative coach that he is.
Don't get me wrong, Jim isn't always frowning...LOL!
It's just....Game Time.!!...
In saying that I wanted to capture the detail of his glasses and
the sunlight that display his facial expression. I didn't want
to get too detailed with the coat. Being that it is Jet Black in
color I wanted to show the shininess, if you will, of the
fabric. The way the blue sky and the sunlight reflected off the
material. The logos on the coat, even though you can see that
one is Adidas and the other the Rattlers Snake head logo, they
are not detailed. First and foremost I want to direct the viewer
to the faces of the coaches. Everything else is second...
In this pose, I believe that the sun had a lot to do with his
frowning... or....he was contemplating the play in front of him
and saying to himself
" Aye Carramba "
In all fairness as parents we always want to see
our children excel in every aspect of life they may endeavour.
Whether in a social life, school, in sports or careers, we watch
them grow and try to guide them in the right paths. In our
family it was soccer that has kept us involved in the growth of
our 2 children Miguel and Jericka. Throughout the years they
both had great coaches that assisted in developing their game
and also encouraged life skills to help them become some pretty
THANK YOU for all your hard work...
Miguel joined the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in 2008 - 2010 and in
2009 Jericka became a Rattler as well.
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