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February 26, 2013
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The Native by ronmonroe The Native by ronmonroe
I have been looking for awhile now for a reference photo of a Native American. I originally wanted to find an image with the full headdress but I kept coming back to this reference. I felt compelled to draw it. So... here it is.
I 'm not sure who was the original photographer. Reference found on Google images:[link]

Thanks to ~bigmagnet [link] for some information on the native in this drawing. The photographer for the reference was Edward Curtis. The Native was named Two Strike. He was a Lakota chief that got his name by knocking two men of their horse in battle. Here is a link with more info on Two Strike. [link]

Tools: Fiber Castell srt pens on smooth bristol

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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good rendering!
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LibbyKeppen Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous.  The detail in the wrinkles and hair is astonishing.
ronmonroe Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Haharius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
awesome !
bigmagnet Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
This is a beautiful versions of one of my favorite images. Edward Curtis took the the original photo and the man in the picture is named Two Strike.
ronmonroe Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info. I did a little research on Two Strike and learned he was a Lakota chief that got his name by knocking two men of their war horse in battle. [link] Interesting stuff, and I might even do another drawing of him someday, this one with the head dress. I will update this drawing with this newly found information! Thanks again.
bigmagnet Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
No problem. I started a sculpture of Two Strike years ago. One day I'll have to finish it.
ronmonroe Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have always wanted to try sculpture, James. I have done some carvings and messing around a little with cheap clay and actually, I'm not too bad at it. Could you point in the right direction to get more serious about it? Maybe a helpful website?
bigmagnet Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
I can't think of any one website. There's lots of little tidbits spread out over the web, some cool youtube videos I've seen over the years, but nothing specific comes to mind. Mark Alfrey has some really good DVDs for sale. There's a great book called Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure by Edouard Lanteri that was originally published in 1902. I found that one really helpful. The Stan Winston School looks like it's got some cool lessons on sculpting. Evan Campbell has some cool tutorials here on DA. The other thing I did was just identify which sculptors out there that I really liked, and then studied all of their work that I could find, trying to figure out what it was I liked and how they did it. Good luck!
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