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It's been a while since my last post, especial something painted.
Well here you go!
This piece is kicking off a new series of paintings inspired by vintage poster/tattoo art, while keeping my love for the "painterly" look.
The mediums used thus far have been:
Watercolor Pencils
Colored pencil (Prismacolor)
Water soluble oils (Duo Aqua Oils)
On Rives bfk paper (great stuff but I think my process might be pushing it to the limit with this particular piece)

So far I really like the outcome. I'd say its about 75% done.
I'm starting out by blocking in color with watercolor and acrylics. I've got the skin tone built up to a point that I like. The next step is to bring some life into it by dirtying it up a bit. I'll do this with Oils (water based), some matte medium, and Nue Pastels. Should be very interesting.

OH! This will also have hand done script incorporated in that bottom area I haven't finished yet.
Should be cool if I don't botch the hell out of it!

This piece and a few other will be in a show January 5th in San franCisco along side a number of other outstanding artist. The show is being brought to you by Supersonic Electronic, a fantastic art site. Check it out if you don't know it:


The show is being held at Spoke Art gallery
I'll post more on the show VERY soon. Stay tuned

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HRCcookster Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gorgeous!!! how magnificent
Chinesesocal Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
smbhax Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Always great to see the process : )
covarrubia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
"First off, only about a dozen tribes (out of the 500 federally recognized) wore warbonnets, which is what they’re actually called, and most of these tribes were located in the Great Plains. Of course after most tribes were relocated to Oklahoma they traded traditions and whatnot. But it was never meant to be spread amongst white society.

Second of all, feathers are extremely sacred to us. Non-indians aren’t even allowed to touch my eagle feathers that I dance in. Eagles fly higher than any other bird and they are closer to Wakunda (god).

Third, back in the day, warbonnets were important and ceremonial pieces only worn by a) chiefs and b) warriors. The only people who could be chiefs and warriors were men. Occasionally there were women chiefs but they DID NOT wear the warbonnet. Call it sexist, but that’s just the way things were. If these people are saying they’re trying to break the cycle and give women the right to wear this regalia, I’m sorry but go find someone else’s culture to intrude upon and try and change. It’s been like that for years, don’t try and change it. It’s not yours to change.

To go back to what I was saying about feathers, I was always told that back when they still wore warbonnets for battles, each feather in the bonnet stood for a man the chief or warrior had killed. But they may have been for a different tribe. If you’re wearing a warbonnet/headdress/roach and you’re not an indian and you’re not a man and you’re not a chairman/chief of a tribe and you haven’t done anything honorable, you just shouldn’t be wearing it because it’s sacred.

I’m gonna quote something I found that pretty much sums up a lot of what I was saying:

"For the Plains Indian tribes, feather warbonnets were a sacred display of a man’s honor and courage, and each feather told a story. Eagle feathers are still sometimes awarded to Plains Indians who serve in the military or do other brave deeds today.""
theirison Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
First off,Thanks for the history lesson! I appreciate the passion you retain for your sacred culture.

Second of all! The feathers portrayed in this warbonnets where taken from a goose and a vulture, so no eagles were harmed.
"The world's highest flying bird is an Asian goose that can fly up and over the Himalaya in only about eight hours, after that would be a type of vulture called the Rüppell's Griffon...."
So a goofy goose and and dirty vulture (to name 2)can get closer to your mega awesome god than your sacred bird, pretty interesting right?!

Third, I am like the BIGGEST 'Last of the Mohicans' fan there is... That's got to count for something.

Fourth, you sound like a bummer to be around. Loosen up my friend, life will get better :)
covarrubia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
mjOboe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hubie-the-cat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
are you self teaching or did you learn that technique somewhere ??
theirison Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
I went to Ringling Collage, got a great education. But I developed most of these techniques myself
ASHLEYASDFGH Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student
beautiful work, as usual.
wrote a paper for extra credit in my AP art class about why I love you... this is a perfect example of it, haha.
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