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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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:iconkh2kid:
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
cool
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:iconmanbot47:
manbot47 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
did you have Canga by any chance?
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
yussir i did. I really like that teacher
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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.
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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! :)
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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.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks great! He's full of character :)
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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.
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CrystalMarineGallery Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010   General Artist
Very cool! :D
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BLaKcatINK Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
:noes: Man I love this !! esp the head shots he~he
exellent work

:star::star::star::star::star:
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UnrealSlayer92 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Can I use this picture as my avatar and sig on website please? Its GameTrailers.com by the way.
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:iconsabtastic:
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
My, what sexy teeth you have. :+fav:
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
all the better to chew on your iceback ankles
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Sabtastic Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
D8<
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:iconkuroichoucho:
KuroiChoucho Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice job on the guns, I find them difficult to draw.
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Ruth-Tay Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I love this sepia look to it. Also the shading with pencil looks great. It gives this old fashioned look too it. You should really draw more characters this way.

And for some weird reason this guy reminds me of my Dad. well my dad loves cowboys and he´s very hairy aswell.
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Kazifer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
You know, the second I looked at this picture, I could swear that I could smell whiskey and smoke.
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IGP Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Student Filmographer
OHMYGAWD. It looks like my dad! LOL.

Awesome design, he looks just like a grizzled gunslinger. Great Job! :+fav:
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shikaru777 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
It's really good...I really like how it turned out. Although I would like it if his teeth seemed more rotten...but It is hard with pencils I guess...other than that it kicks BUTT!!!
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
I didnt want his teeth too messed up, he is a sheriff good guy after all, nasty teeth are crazy easy to do ;p
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shikaru777 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
still, this is frikken awesome, hope you get a good grade on it!
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Got an A-
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:iconshikaru777:
shikaru777 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
ummm...is that a good thing or bad? I mean to me that is a good grade, but some people think nothing but an A+ is good
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arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
my school doesnt offer an A+ XD
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shikaru777 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
do they offer just an A?
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:iconoriginalbune:
originalbune Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009   Digital Artist
pretty nice concept >D
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:iconmaximumdistance:
MaximumDistance Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
OMFG..... I love gunslingers and.... this is just.... AWESOMENESS O_O I love it.
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kozomaru Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
This guy's got style!
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:iconnuclearbandaid:
NuclearBandaid Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
It looks like a real person

Joo's gettin' bettur omgyay
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Ra7ar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
That is awesome
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Painseeker101 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
amazing picture i like how its set in the sepia tone it gives it the perfect old west look all in all another amazing picture :thumbsup: keep um comin
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:iconventhor78:
Venthor78 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!! really nice!! XD artistic!!
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Highwaymanartist Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
awesome work mate
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chili7beanz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Aces & Eights
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Rogancryd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Looking great! Especially good job with the clean lines and the shading.
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:iconktwizard:
KTWizard Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This only took you an hour? Holy crap...
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Only an hour to assemble in photoshop. It took a long time to draw in pencil.
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:iconoriginalbune:
originalbune Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009   Digital Artist
:iconfacepalmplz: why people doesn't read before ask?
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:iconktwizard:
KTWizard Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I see, that makes a LOT more sense. Still, awesome drawings.
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getvent Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student Filmographer
Lots of personality here. Love it.
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Scurge-UW3 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Nice and those playing cards in the hat give it a great touch
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DarkBunny31 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
It's the card because of the "Dead Man Hand" thing?
I like it
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TornAroundtheEdges Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
OMFG! this is excellent, instafav. Effyes cowboys >w> You really impressed me with this one 8D
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh!!! Wonderful work!!!!
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Skirtzzz Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Aughhh I want to watch a western now....this guy kicks so much ass.....you're so cool Arv. :heart:
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exuitirteiss Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god WILD bill XD
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Neri3 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
very nise, tones, line work is great, love the expresions and the designe,
im reduing mine right know so ill probably be sleepy tomorow
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
You should post yours on dA
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:iconneri3:
Neri3 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ill defenetly will be doin that, got to get time to go to the library fist
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shidabeeda Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AWESOME! the details are mind blowing and the movement of the clothes.. makes me feel like im watch an old western during the duel scenes ^ ^
Also the guns.. I love the guns :thumbsup:
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