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Spirit leaders: Union student uses art skills to inspire football community

Evan Brown makes posters to pump up players and students

VANCOUVER — An aspiring graphic artist, Evan Brown started tinkering with the computer one day, trying to find new ways to make ordinary look extraordinary.

His first sports poster was one for his favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys.

Now, he produces one every week for his favorite high school football team, the Union Titans.

Union senior Evan Brown shows off his school spirit by producing a different poster every week of the football season, celebrating the Titans’ run to the Class 4A state championship game. Photo by Paul Valencia
Union senior Evan Brown shows off his school spirit by producing a different poster every week of the football season, celebrating the Titans’ run to the Class 4A state championship game. Photo by Paul Valencia

A senior at Union, and a former player with the Titans, Brown opted this school year to focus on his academics and his art.

His talents have helped record this special season. Union has won 13 consecutive games and will play for the Class 4A state championship Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.

As the Titans picked up win after win this season, Brown gets back in front of his computer to work his magic, week after week.

Classmates, teachers, even football parents tell him they look forward to his posters every week.

The players love them, too.

“I played last year. I know the players. I feel that helps me because I know them,” Brown said. “They’ll talk to me. ‘Put me on the poster.’”

The feedback is all the reward Brown needs.

“I’ve been told, ‘This is amazing.’ Or ‘That was kind of cool,’” Brown said.

 

This is the poster Evan Brown designed to hype the Class 4A state championship game this Saturday in the Tacoma Dome. Brown has made a poster every week this football season for the Union Titans.
This is the poster Evan Brown designed to hype the Class 4A state championship game this Saturday in the Tacoma Dome. Brown has made a poster every week this football season for the Union Titans.

 

He just wanted to find a way to show his support for the team, and get the student body excited about the next game. The posters are just another way to make this run to the state title game even more memorable for all involved.

“You get that big-program feel,” Brown said.

Brown wants to focus on graphic design, media communications, and fine arts when he goes to college.

“I think I got my creative influence from my mom,” he said of Eileen Brown, an apparel developer at Nike.

He got his love for the Cowboys from his dad Patrick.

It was a Dez Bryant poster that Brown made that sparked the idea to focus on the local team instead. He also was part of a marketing class at the high school.

“My job was to market things for the school,” Brown said. “So I made a poster.”

This poster, from 2017, was the first one Evan Brown designed with so many players. It is not his best work, he said, but remains his favorite because this is when he started to believe he was on to something special.
This poster, from 2017, was the first one Evan Brown designed with so many players. It is not his best work, he said, but remains his favorite because this is when he started to believe he was on to something special.

He showed the principal, Brian Grimsted, and the principal enthusiastically OK’d Brown to keep doing them.

That first Union-based football poster “looked good from a distance,” Brown said, but had some rough spots for the trained eye.

He works the computer every week now, trying to improve his skills.

His favorite poster came prior to last year’s game against Camas for the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League championship.

“It’s not my best one, but it was the first of that kind,” Brown said. “It kind of kicked off from there, that I could do it. I’d never done something that big with that many players. It took me so long to do it.

“They look better now. They’ve come a long way.”

Brown is also part of Titan Nation, a group that tries to pump up the rest of the student body at big events.

Evan Brown, far left, is part of Titan Nation, a group that promotes school spirt at Union High School. The students expect to be crazy loud Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, cheering the Union Titans in the state championship football game. Photo courtesy of Evan Brown
Evan Brown, far left, is part of Titan Nation, a group that promotes school spirt at Union High School. The students expect to be crazy loud Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, cheering the Union Titans in the state championship football game. Photo courtesy of Evan Brown

“There is a buzz in the air,” he said of this week as the school prepares for the championship game.

And should Union win the title on Saturday?

“I’m thinking about doing something special,” Brown said.

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About The Author

Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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