As some of you may have guessed, I'm a bit of a fan of art nouveau. I've been looking for damask and decorative tile wallpapers, and I found a pretty wallpaper with an art nouveau peacock feather design. I couldn't make a good tile from it because it was tilted a bit and the colors faded in and out, so I brought it into illustrator to trace it and make my own.
Captain America has always been a political figure for me. Most comic book heroes deal with purely social issues, but CA comics always seemed to have more political undertones than other comics, even more so than the obvious influences in the early Superman series.
As my country celebrates its 231st birthday, I am reminded of how it has withstood its enemies. And much like the depicted flag and shield, the USA is still very strong, although it may appear to be tired and battle worn.