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Old 12-09-2017, 11:53 PM
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Notorious Wild West Outlaws Challenge

A new thread for notorious outlaws of the wild west and maybe a few cowboys, as some were, is started for anyone to post their works. Give a bit of history, myth, lore, or story along with size, medium and title.


Sam Bass, 5.25x8.25 mechanical pencil on junk/grunge journal just completed over gessoed book page. Sam is a story of youth gone wrong, an orphan at 13 who left an abusive uncle for a Mississippi sawmill job and ended up a cowboy in Texas. Teaming up with another bad boy to take longhorns to market, they stole the cattle, split the money and gambled then began robbing trains and stagecoaches. The Union Pacific's largest robbery of $60K was done by Sam and Joel Collins. Wounded by a Texas Ranger in one of their heists, he died two days later on his 27th birthday.
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Re: Notorious Wild West Outlaws Challenge

Such a neat idea, Kay! I hope a lot of folks take part, because I think we all have a favorite outlaw, don't we? Thanks for starting this thread.

Fantastic work on Sam Bass! Look at that mustache! This turned out so well, and I enjoyed reading a bit of his legacy. Great work on kicking this thread off.
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Thanks! Yes, and we welcome any depiction or version of outlaws or cowboys as most were to begin with, and even Hollywood actors portraying them.
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Re: Notorious Wild West Outlaws Challenge

I'll throw an outlaw into this thread, too.

This is Jesse James. Kind of. I cheated and drew the character of Jesse James, played by Brad Pitt in the movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I came across this image of the actor online and couldn't resist drawing a lighter-hearted capture of a rather sinister character. I had so much fun with this; I could just relax and draw for pure enjoyment.

It measures about 5.5 x 6 inches or something like that. It's drawn with a regular, ordinary ballpoint pen. A few little mistakes were corrected with the use of a white Jelly Roll pen. It took around 3 - 4 hours over the last few evenings. As I said, it was enjoyable to try to capture a grin rather than something overly serious. Maybe my next outlaw portrait will look more dangerous. C&C welcome. Thanks for looking!

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That's a super portrait, Jenna!!!!!
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Yes, it is so wonderful and I love the twinkle in his eyes as if he knows he is taking the public for a ride, at least till he gets caught.
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Nobody in particular, just my junk journal version in charcoal of what a rustler would be doing; light shaped cattle in background. Probably in the dead of night he'd be up to no good Size is 8.25x5.25 on old book page w/ gesso applied.
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ANGEL EYES -Actor Lee Van Cleef created this dangerous character in FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE and THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY. A fictitious bad guy but a memorable one. I did this last year. It's acrylic on stretched canvas at 16 x 20.
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Re: Notorious Wild West Outlaws Challenge

A great thread and a great start to the outlaw portraits!!
My favorite outlaw was Robin Hood but as he's not from the Wild West, I have to look up. Is just a portrait and name ok or do I need to find a face with a story?
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Van Cleef with his sharp chiseled features was a favorite film bad guy and evil to the core. Woody, this is outstanding work!!!

Christel, Robin sounds like a character worth drawing or painting and we can learn a bit of history, too. I can't wait to see what you come up with here. He may be one of the first outlaws ever.
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Thanks Kay. Here is an excerpt from wikipedia:
Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore who, according to legend, was a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Traditionally depicted dressed in Lincoln green,[1] he is said to rob from the rich and give to the poor.[2][3] Alongside his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest and against the Sheriff of Nottingham, he became a popular folk figure in the Late Middle Ages, and continues to be widely represented in literature, film and television.
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A film was made, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner playing Robin Hood.
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"Van Cleef with his sharp chiseled features was a favorite film bad guy and evil to the core. Woody, this is outstanding work!!!"

Thanks so much, Kay.
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Re: Notorious Wild West Outlaws Challenge

Wile E. Coyote is a notorious Southwest villain, but he is fictional and not human. Besides, he is subject to instant karma.
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Re: Notorious Wild West Outlaws Challenge

Thank you so much, Woody! I'm happy you like my drawing. I must say, your painting of Lee Van Cleef is awesome! The colors are so strong and in-your-face, and the expression is so menacing. Fantastic painting, and just perfect for this challenge!

Thank you, Kay. Your description of the expression makes me smile. It seems fitting. I really like your cattle rustler! Using old book pages as your paper is such a visually striking idea! Good work!

Hi Christel. Hm...I think we could allow Robin Hood if you choose to draw or paint him.

Hi Richard. Wile E. Coyote is a great idea! He'd fit here.
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Wile E. Coyote
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