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Forton Draws One Up for Ravens

Havre de Grace artist Shawn Forton has parlayed his love for drawing and sports into a new venture—portraits of Baltimore's football stars.

When he met Shawn Forton recently, Terrell Suggs wanted to shake Forton's hand.

Four times.

The Havre de Grace artist's portrait of the Ravens star linebacker was so impressive to Suggs that the candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year couldn't stop thanking Forton. And in a continued show of appreciation and awe for Forton's work, Suggs requested 10 copies of the drawing.

Forton, a 2002 graduate of and a member of the , has always been an incredible artist. Recently, he's taken his love for drawing and sports and combined them in a series of Ravens-related portraits.

Ironically, it all started with a commissioned Steelers drawing.

"After I was done doing it, I liked how it turned out. I made 10 copies. Well in about 30 minutes, all ten copies were gone," Forton told . "So I made more and then they were gone too. Then I decided to do a Ravens theme and they sold like wildfire."

Forton is selling the copies for $25 each—or $40 framed. He has copies of a signed Suggs drawing for $35—or $50 framed.

"I will also have several more coming of different players," Forton said.

Check out the photos with this post for examples of what Forton has done so far.

Information on how to purchase the drawings can be found on Forton's Facebook page.

Do you own a Shawn Forton Ravens portrait? Which Ravens portrait would you most like to have hanging on your wall? Tell us in the comments.

Megan January 11, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I have personally purchased two of Fortons drawings! The details are amazing and the quality is great! I gave them as Christmas presents and both receivers were in love with them! I'm hoping to see these things go large for Forton.I love supporting our local community! Keep up the great work, you have one over satisfied customer looking for more, right here! ~Megan DePasquale
Terran Miller January 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Shawn does amazing work, always has! Glad to see that he is taking his talents to bigger places! Congrats!
Jeanell Mathena January 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
The pictures on the Patch don't do Shawn's artwork justice. To see his work up close is truly amazing. The amount of detail that goes into every piece shows just how talented he really is. Expect big things to come from Shawn in the future because his talent will only grow!
megan January 11, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Congrats Shawn. Ur such an AMAZING artist. Glad to hear ur taking ur talent to a different level. -Megan Scandrol
Tiara Sifford Jeffers January 11, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Congrats, Shawn! I'm so excited for you, bigger & better things are in store for you!
Anna Kays January 11, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Shawn does such an amazing job! I love his work! Congratulations Shawn!! :) -Anna Kays
Shaunna Parrish January 11, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I have purchased a pic as well for a xmas gift and it was the best present! Shawn your work is amazing! Congrats
Ellie Mencer January 11, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Oh my gosh... this couldn't be happening to a nicer guy. Shawn is awesome and I had the privilege to work with him years ago. What a great guy... I hope this takes far and makes him money. So well deserved. Way to go, Shawn!
Tracey Guilliams January 11, 2012 at 10:39 PM
That's awesome! Keep up the awesome work.
Dena Cardwell January 12, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Shawn designed the SHCO Duck Dunk Logo for the T-Shirts!! He is an amazing artist! Shawn is also donating Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs prints to be auctioned off at the pre- dunk party 7pm Jan 20, at Tidewater Grille!!!
William Watson January 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Very, very nice work, Shawn. I especially like your layout composition, integrating multiple elements into the overall design. Good to see another HdG artist showing their great talent and helping the community at the same time!
TheRealProb January 16, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Great Work!
Shawn Forton January 18, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Thank all ofy ou for the kind words and Support.... It really does mean alot

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