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Pawnee Scout by zulumike Pawnee Scout by zulumike
The portrait subject is based on a 1870 B/W photo, the Pawnee scout As-Sau-Taw-Ka (White Horse) wears a military shirt and holds a Colt 1861 Navy Model pistol and a pipe tomahawk. Two companies of Pawnee and Omaha scouts served in Nebraska units during the Civil War.

I have always admired the artwork, and hertiage of Native Americans. The colors are based on several hours of research.
The Pawnee people were proud of their hertiage and culture. The men plucked their beard and eyebrows and shaved their head on the sides leaving only a scalplock.

Total Time: 12 hrs. Painted with GIMP. The pistol, shirt, and skin tones were the biggest challenge.

Thanks for Looking.


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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I do say this Indian is a very finely dressed up man indeed. A very fine representation indeed.
jncarter Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice indeed
zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks John.
I am inspired at the amazing work at DA.

I have several other portriats on the drawing board.

You would be good at it with your eye for color and blending techniques.

Cheers, Mike
jncarter Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's good to know you are enjoying seeing the amazing work here. I find it fires me up to try harder.

Not sure about portraits, I tried Max's tutorial and found I was not very good at it. I think I prefer the freedom of composites and 3D renders.
zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The "haircut" also adds some toughness to this man's character. I can remember seeing photos of the 101st Airborne talking to General Eisenhower with their "Mohawk" haircuts prior to D-Day. The Mohawk haircut was a style used in1600's 1700's among the eastern indians.

Note the 1861 model Colt has a round barrel. We can always learn something new about history when researching our artwork. Thanks for the feedback.

Cheers, Mike
SwiftFlyer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nicely done. I have an 1849 Colt replica. It does seem a bit small in my hands. I see his hands are quite large also.
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