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Wild Bill Hickok by arvalis Wild Bill Hickok by arvalis
This is the final homework assignment to my Clothed Figure 1 class. We had to collect reference and design our own version of a famous historical character chosen from a list. I wanted to practice drawing cowboys, so i picked old Wild Bill here. Im gonna print this out on a big 2 foot poster for class tomorrow =D.

Pencil: 10 hours?
Photoshop: 1 hour
Wild Bill ConceptİMe
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Reminds me of when I was young watching those Wild West shows at theme parks. You did an excellent job Arvalis! The poses and proportions are great not to mention consistencies in the costume. I like how the expressions are over the top Wetsern yet very life-like. I don't know the person you're trying to draw, but I could gather from the drawing that he's a bad guy. My favorite is the third from the left with the two guns. The smoke is drawn incredibly well. Overall, I think this is a great piece, I hope it does well in your class!
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First of all, I love all the little details on the clothing, and the ammo/gun belts in particular. From the top of his greasy-looking head to beyond the tattered edge of his duster, these images easily show that a lot of hard work was put into their design as well as their execution. The dynamism of the posing is fantastic, and the facial expressions are hilarious and strangely charming.

My only technical complaint is that the cigar looks like it should be falling out of his mouth in the top left image. I think his teeth should be slightly parted, and the cigar clenched between them, but then again my only real reference for men smoking cigars is old A-Team reruns. Maybe "Wild Bill" just has stronger lips than Hannibal?

Great work all-around, though. The jutting-jaw head-shot grin and the full-shot of him reloading are probably my favorite parts of this reference sheet.
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keyno91087 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
manbot47 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
did you have Canga by any chance?
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
yussir i did. I really like that teacher
manbot47 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
when i found this it seemed like too much of a coincidence that it was the exact same format as my HW right now.
Namminah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
What school do you go to? You're work reminds me of a lot of things I had to do at the Art Institute for the Multimedia Art and Animation degree! :)
arvalis Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
I go to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Im an illustration major aspiring to be a concept artist.
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks great! He's full of character :)
MajesticElk22 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Cool! So creepy, I found out a few months ago, that i was born on the same day Hickok was shot in Deadwood! (not the same year obviously). So Creepy! August 2nd.
CrystalMarineGallery Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool! :D
BLaKcatINK Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
:noes: Man I love this !! esp the head shots he~he
exellent work

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