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Life’s Canvas – Fernung takes art love to street

Artistry isn't hard to imagine on a football field.

The seamless and clockwork-like motion of a team coming together on a big play or over an entire game is something coaches, fans and players dream of.

Manchester University rising junior offensive lineman Tanner Fernung advances his love for art one step further … doing so beyond the gridiron.

A native of Sharpsville, Ind., his ability to sketch and manipulate 3D visuals with colors and layers got him national social media attention and a unique job.

"When I was younger, I might not have been the best student from time to time," he sheepishly admitted. "I was always doodling or drawing though. So, as high school approached, I took an art class, and I loved it from the beginning.

"I probably enjoyed it too much … going all out for the full class hour and then being worn out [to do much of anything else]," he added with a laugh. "Learning to pace yourself is important, and, after a while, I figured that out."

From the hallowed halls of Tri-Central High School to the art classrooms at Manchester University, Fernung's daily routine didn't and doesn't go too far without getting some type of art work in.

"I still like to doodle, and that's the basis [of art]," he said. "My first love overall is street art, though. It's coming into its own [along many levels]."

His work on a hometown alley's building wall, portraying the curmudgeonly grandfather from the Pixar Studio's hit movie "Up," has led Fernung to great heights. It got noticed by the
world-renowned Graffiti Mansion in Los Angeles, Calif., and, shortly thereafter, recognition of his work landed him an opportunity in the neighboring community of Tipton.

"[A Tipton community group] was taking applications to paint a mural next to the Subway," Fernung noted. "Word had gotten out about [my work in Sharpsville], and I was fortunate to be commissioned.

"[The Tipton mural] will be bigger," he added. "It's 20 feet by 10 feet. I've painted two wings in the space where townspeople can get their photos taken as an interactive opportunity."

Fernung's summer stylings continue his move up in the world of graffiti. The art/exercise science major doesn't have plans of a significant career in the field, as he's aiming at art or occupational therapy after graduating in May 2020, but he's hoping for a tag (i.e., an artist signature) to be developed.

"I've got credit what [Tri-Central art teacher James] Huntley taught me," he reflected. "Mr. Huntley was always talking about drawing from scratch and expanding his mind. As I was in his classes, I was able to visit New York City and see the graffiti/street art. I was determined to do similar things once I was exposed [to it].

"Graffiti, in a simple form, is taking art large-scale," he added. "Sketching your ideas is the beginning, so it comes naturally to me. If you can work colors into 3D drawings, you're pretty much set. I've used my drawing background coupled with working construction a few summers to understand textures and so forth in the painting process."

Even if a full-scale graffiti profession and a work on display at the Graffiti Mansion isn't in the cards for Tanner, he knows his love of art could be able to help others someday.

"Art therapy is relatively new in Indiana," he said. "As an example, it can help people who have had strokes develop some range of motion by finger painting and so forth. It's a therapeutic option when physical therapy isn't possible."

Artistry in motion … whether it's with his Spartan football teammates or bettering communities and people around him Tanner Fernung continues to impact his world.

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at Stevenson 33, Wilkes 21
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at RPI 31, Hobart 24
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at MIT 13, Coast Guard 0
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Norwich 15, at Maine Maritime 7
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at Moravian 31, Juniata 14
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at Dean 53, Gallaudet 21
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Endicott 45, at Becker 13
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Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
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SUNY-Maritime 68, at Castleton 41
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at Trinity (Texas) 28, Sewanee 14
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Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
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N.C. Wesleyan 29, at Brevard 21
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at Misericordia 37, FDU-Florham 33
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Union 29, at St. Lawrence 7
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at Ithaca 28, Rochester 3
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at Colby 23, Hamilton 21
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at Middlebury 35, Bates 34
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Trinity (Conn.) 48, at Bowdoin 6
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Springfield 23, at Catholic 11
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Amherst 33, at Wesleyan 3
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at Plymouth State 17, Massachusetts Maritime 14
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at Husson 54, Anna Maria 14
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TCNJ 13, at Kean 8
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Carnegie Mellon 41, at Thiel 7
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Salve Regina 30, at Curry 21
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King's 37, at Albright 26
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Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
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Susquehanna 41, at Ursinus 35
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Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
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at Western New England 70, University of New England 13
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Franklin and Marshall 35, at Dickinson 14
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at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
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at Emory and Henry 52, Shenandoah 50
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at Wabash 32, Oberlin 7
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at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
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at Hampden-Sydney 38, Guilford 35
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at Randolph-Macon 44, Bridgewater 41
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Cortland 56, at Hartwick 3
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at Denison 27, Ohio Wesleyan 10
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Waynesburg 12, at St. Vincent 10
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Salisbury 33, at Southern Virginia 0
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at Methodist 42, Greensboro 6
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Christopher Newport 39, at William Paterson 10
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Albion 49, at Adrian 42
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Thomas More 35, at St. Scholastica 0
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at Westminster (Mo.) 25, Minnesota-Morris 7
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Lake Forest 24, at Grinnell 0
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at Greenville 41, Crown 14
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at Merchant Marine 25, WPI 24
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at John Carroll 27, Marietta 24
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at Tufts 28, Williams 21
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Ohio Northern 49, at Capital 46
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Baldwin Wallace 35, at Wilmington 33
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at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
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at Lycoming 52, Alvernia 0
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at Rose-Hulman 44, Anderson 6
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at Franklin 64, Earlham 20
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Hanover 48, at Manchester 14
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Mount St. Joseph 20, at Defiance 0
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at Utica 30, Alfred 22
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Maryville (Tenn.) 37, at LaGrange 17
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Framingham State 27, at Westfield State 2
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Morrisville State 35, at St. John Fisher 7
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at Muskingum 21, Otterbein 14
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at Berry 28, Millsaps 21
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at Muhlenberg 42, McDaniel 18
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at Rowan 28, Wesley 27
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at Wooster 28, Hiram 21
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Allegheny 54, at Kenyon 10
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at Nebraska Wesleyan 23, Luther 15
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Wheaton (Ill.) 20, at Augustana 3
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at Eureka 50, Benedictine 20
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 58, Texas Lutheran 14
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Chicago 63, at Beloit 0
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at Concordia (Wis.) 45, Concordia-Chicago 34
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Aurora 25, at Rockford 7
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at Bethel 41, Concordia-Moorhead 13
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Lakeland 38, at Wisconsin Lutheran 12
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at St. John's 57, St. Olaf 7
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at Gustavus Adolphus 42, Augsburg 0
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Dubuque 38, at Buena Vista 7
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North Central (Ill.) 26, at Carthage 14
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at Knox 20, Illinois College 6
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UW-Stout 31, at UW-Stevens Point 27
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Millikin 14, at Elmhurst 13
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at UW-Platteville 16
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at Mass-Dartmouth 41, Worcester State 27
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at UW-Oshkosh 24, UW-La Crosse 13
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at Birmingham-Southern 47, Austin 35
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Centre 41, at Rhodes 14
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at Carroll 23, North Park 0
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at Kalamazoo 17, Alma 10
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at Pacific Lutheran 33, Willamette 20
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at Brockport 65, Buffalo State 7
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at Averett 45, Huntingdon 17
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Washington and Lee 38, at Ferrum 35
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at Pacific 54, Lewis and Clark 22
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Redlands 35, at La Verne 17
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Whitworth 47, at Puget Sound 13
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 27, at Occidental 7
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Linfield 14, at George Fox 0
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at Hope 35, Olivet 30
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at Western Connecticut 50, Bridgewater State 48
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Case Western Reserve 27, at Geneva 14
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at Sul Ross State 28, Howard Payne 27
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East Texas Baptist 48, at Louisiana College 27
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Illinois Wesleyan 27, at Washington U. 21
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St. Norbert 46, at Lawrence 0
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Chapman 33, at Cal Lutheran 29
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Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
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at RPI 31, Hobart 24
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Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
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at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
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at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
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Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
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Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
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at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
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at John Carroll 27, Marietta 24
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at Berry 28, Millsaps 21
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at Rowan 28, Wesley 27
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at Muhlenberg 42, McDaniel 18
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Wheaton (Ill.) 20, at Augustana 3
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
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at St. John's 57, St. Olaf 7
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at Hardin-Simmons 58, Texas Lutheran 14
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North Central (Ill.) 26, at Carthage 14
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at St. Thomas 68, Carleton 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 24, UW-La Crosse 13
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at UW-Whitewater 44, UW-River Falls 7
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at Brockport 65, Buffalo State 7
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Whitworth 47, at Puget Sound 13
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Linfield 14, at George Fox 0
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Case Western Reserve 27, at Geneva 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 27, at Washington U. 21
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