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The Art of Michael LaBash


When I Thought I Couldn't Draw

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Frank Moore
likes to tell the story of how I thought I couldn't draw.


Sitting around our living room one day, admiring all the LaBash art on the walls, Frank asked me, "When did you realize you could draw?"




I looked around the room for a little while and pointed at one of the large, complex drawings and said, "I think it was after I finished that third big project for you." He was shocked; it turned out my teachers in college had told me that I couldn't draw. My boss at my first graphic design job used to tell me I couldn't draw...and I bought into it. 




Frank, on the other hand, hearing that I was a graphic designer set me to work on various projects without even thinking about whether I could draw or not. He just assumed because I was a graphic designer, I must be able to draw!





So, when Frank lectured as a visiting artist at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, he plastered one side wall of the auditorium with my drawings and posters and told the story of how I thought I couldn't draw to the packed house of students. At the end of it, he told them, "So quit art school! Don't listen to anybody! Follow your own vision!"








Michael LaBash has his own graphic design business. The web site is http://www.designbymikee.com.


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