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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 Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
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Plymouth State 29, at Framingham State 28
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at Hamilton 62, Bowdoin 27
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Nichols 23, at Becker 15
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King's 51, at Alvernia 7
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Husson 56, at Alfred State 14
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Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
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Western Connecticut 23, at Massachusetts Maritime 13
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Stevenson 20, at Widener 6
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Wesleyan 44, at Bates 13
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at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
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at Carnegie Mellon 17, Bethany 14
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at Salisbury 17, Montclair State 15
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Maryville (Tenn.) 34, at Methodist 9
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Wabash 7, at Ohio Wesleyan 0
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Misericordia 25, at Lebanon Valley 21
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Denison 20, at DePauw 12
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at Western New England 56, Curry 21
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Randolph-Macon 45, at Shenandoah 14
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Kalamazoo 20, at Albion 19
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Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
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Wooster 27, at Oberlin 21
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at Hiram 28, Kenyon 24
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Southern Virginia 23, at Apprentice 21
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Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Tufts 24
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Franklin 42, at Mount St. Joseph 34
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Manchester 21, at Bluffton 17
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John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
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at Hanover 48, Defiance 7
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at Baldwin Wallace 44, Muskingum 7
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at Grove City 28, Waynesburg 3
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Merchant Marine 17, at Springfield 14
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Middlebury 21, at Williams 10
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Hampden-Sydney 42, at Bridgewater 21
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at SUNY-Maritime 35, Dean 7
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Endicott 66, at University of New England 38
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at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
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Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
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at Texas Lutheran 28, East Texas Baptist 21
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Augustana 41, at North Park 7
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Louisiana College 35, at McMurry 23
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at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
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Wartburg 31, at Coe 19
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Eureka 44, at Concordia-Chicago 14
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Carleton 36, at Augsburg 34
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Rockford 37, at Lakeland 20
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Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Hamline 14
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Concordia (Wis.) 23, at Aurora 20
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at Benedictine 40, Wisconsin Lutheran 31
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at Loras 44, Nebraska Wesleyan 20
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St. Norbert 21, at Chicago 20
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Bethel 35, at St. Olaf 7
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at Luther 41, Buena Vista 26
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Millikin 32, at Carthage 29
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Knox 28, at Grinnell 7
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Monmouth 45, at Illinois College 13
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at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
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UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
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Austin 34, at Millsaps 23
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at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
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Pacific 23, at Puget Sound 22
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George Fox 28, at Willamette 6
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at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
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at Southwestern 21, Belhaven 10
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Rowan 17, at TCNJ 14
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Adrian 28, at Alma 23
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Averett 24, at N.C. Wesleyan 14
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Heidelberg 21, at Otterbein 7
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Anderson 63, at Earlham 0
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LaGrange 43, at Greensboro 16
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at Delaware Valley 23, Lycoming 16
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Muhlenberg 34, at Thomas More 31
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Brockport 52, at Alfred 0
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at Frostburg State 56, William Paterson 0
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Wesley 54, at Kean 6
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Wittenberg 41, at Allegheny 14
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Trine 50, at Olivet 49
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at Case Western Reserve 37, St. Vincent 7
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Mount Union 77, at Capital 3
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John Carroll 49, at Ohio Northern 17
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Berry 35, at Hendrix 14
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at Washington and Jefferson 50, Geneva 43
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at St. John's 40, St. Thomas 20
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at Washington U. 17, Wheaton (Ill.) 10
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at Illinois Wesleyan 44, Elmhurst 28
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UW-Whitewater 45, at UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Sul Ross State 27
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at UW-Oshkosh 31, UW-Platteville 10
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at Whitworth 55, Pacific Lutheran 13
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at Linfield 43, Lewis and Clark 26
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at North Central (Ill.) 59, Carroll 0
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