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The other cowboys by whiteflyinglizard The other cowboys by whiteflyinglizard
I did this from an idea in my sketchbook. What if the Spaniards hadn't brought horses to America in the 16th century? What if it was another animal? What if te Native americans rode bareback on zebras? What if the cowboys won the west on backs of ostriches? How different would all those tough, manly paintinings of Remington be. Think of the John Wayne westerns. This idea really would only work if I could render in the same style and detail of Remington and the like. I'm not nearly good enough. I hadn't tried acrylics in a traditional way in years and this gave me a great excuse. This painting kicked my butt and I'm happy to move on and learn from all my mistakes. Thank you for taking the time to look at it.
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throughalocomotive Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
wow....this is amazing..
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le-Chin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
very nice style!
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whiteflyinglizard Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
thanks
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love the idea--I have something similar in my own gallery!
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whiteflyinglizard Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
wow, that's great. I like yours better. Great job.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Naw, don't say that! Different style, different feel, different sensibility--each our works has its own merits and intentions. I'm just glad we share a similar vision of the 'wild' west!
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FellTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Looks good. I see you used another medium, and did a fine job.
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whiteflyinglizard Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
thanks
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SubSpracHgefuhl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
I like the caricature-esque faces of the ostrich-boys.

I'm picturing armored ostriches and zebras racing to battle...
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whiteflyinglizard Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
thanks. I like you idea. Would be fun to do a whole series.
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SubSpracHgefuhl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
I feel like I'm going to have bizarre dreams about these things.
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Oddstuffs Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's hilarious! And They would have been totally serious about it all too! :rofl: To think what our ideas of what it would be like to be "noble" and "knightly"... that's awesome... :-O duuuuuude!
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whiteflyinglizard Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
that's totally it. It's the seriousness of cowboys that I thought would be funny with a more comical vehicle. Thanks for your comments.
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Novawuff Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
nice to see my acrylics being put to good use :D
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whiteflyinglizard Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
yeah I should probably go buy my own now. You're going to go start a painting now and find all your colors used up. well, all the earth tones. Your bright happy colors are all untouched. ;]
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Novawuff Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
no that's a good thing, most of those I bought like, 5 years ago. I'd like to get either more inks, or one of the brands of paint that doesn't dry as fast, or both :D

been meaning to replace my old smushed up tubes for awhile. now i can guilt trip you into buying them for me ^^
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eilidh Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant idea, and beautifully painted, too!
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whiteflyinglizard Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
thank you. I'm glad the idea was understandable when I was done.
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eilidh Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know if it was intentional, but one of the things I love about this concept and its realisation is the cowboys' spindly look. It makes sense of course; you wouldn't expect them to weigh 200lb and ride ostriches!

But overall, it makes for an exciting alternate reality.
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blueze Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
soo cool!!! :rock:
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whiteflyinglizard Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
thank you
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