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Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times Bloomfield High School on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. processed by IntelliTune on 08022013 151320 with script _New Nice Image-CTP (Augusta Liddic)
BLOOMFIELD — One number decorates a lot of Eric Armstrong's art: 509.

509 is the number Armstrong wears in motocross, a form or motorcycle racing.

"Motocross has been a huge inspiration for me," Armstrong said.

Armstrong, a senior at Bloomfield High School, draws detailed motocross pictures. Inside a binder, Armstrong has a collection of his pictures. In addition to his small signature at the bottom, some of the drawings display the autographs of pro motocross racers.

In addition to drawings of motocross, Armstrong has also worked on designs. He said he once had a company, Fly Life International, contract him to do a few designs for them after they saw some of his images online. Armstrong came up with the designs, but the company, which was fairly new, ran out of funds.

Armstrong said drawing motocross presents a lot of challenges. Every little detail has to be right Êfrom the logos on the bikes and riders to the colors, shadows and angles. If one detail is off, the picture doesn't look correct. Armstrong said his favorite style of drawing is realism and when he draws he tries to make people not believe it's a drawing rather than a photograph.

After high school, Armstrong said he plans on going to an art academy in California to study graphic design.

"A lot of people ask me why I do art and why I want to pursue a career in art," Armstrong said.

He said a lot of people wonder why he doesn't pursue something that isn't so risky.

"It's not as much about the money as getting up everyday and doing what I love and making a difference in the world," he said.


Armstrong said he believes art has the power to bring about change.

He has already been accepted to an art school in California and is waiting on a reply from another.