This final stretch of the practicum was spent finishing the two spreads focused on baseball for the next issue of the magazine, and creating cover imagery for issue 68 of Bazoof!. Shorter days, given the number of hours I had left for the practicum, really helped keep me energized and engaged after the excitement and exhaustion following the grad show.
Being able to finish the baseball spreads really meant a lot to me. Given I played softball for ten years while growing up and really got invested in the Toronto Blue Jays over the last five years to the point where I have notifications on the games pop up on my phone and commonly watched games while working on projects throughout my time at IDEA, these two spreads were perfectly suited for me to work on. With my knowledge of the sport I was able to have a lot of fun with the spreads. For instance, I decided to make the background a bird’s eye view of a baseball diamond.
The decision to include information about injury prevention on the spread was a really great choice on TeLeni’s part. Growing up, my dad – who was my assistant coach – and my coach Mike were very adamant about preventing shoulder and elbow injuries. For a low contact sport, it is incredibly easy to do damage to your arms playing softball or baseball. I remember my dad nagging my best friend Paige – whose photo I included in the spread – about her habit of throwing side arm as it put her at risk of really wrecking her elbow. TeLeni had asked me if I had a picture of myself playing softball I could include in the second spread as we had some extra space, but I seem to have always been the one taking the photo from the dugout so with Paige’s permission we included a photo of her at bat instead.
TeLeni took me out for lunch one day this week and it was really great to be able to talk to her without stressing about work. We had a great conversation about the grad show and keeping in touch as there might be opportunities to work with her again in the future which I would really love. Working for Bazoof! was a really great experience.
The other projects I worked on were illustrations for the cover of issue 68. I had been working on an illustration for one of the children’s stories that was a very action-packed story. This story was scrapped however as TeLeni felt it was too open ended but the girl who sent it in did not want to rewrite the ending. The story was swapped for one about a superhero lion which was fine by me as I love illustrating animals. This was the final illustration and assignment for my practicum and it was a really fun one to work on. I can’t wait to see it and the other work I did for Bazoof! in the upcoming issues!