Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Ace of Spades" ACEO watercolor for 2011 ACEO card deck

I signed up to produce an ACEO for the 2011 card deck.
My card was the Ace of Spades.

I couldn't get past my original fascination with this card.

I grew up in the age when we played cowboys and Indians, and there were westerns galore on the TV. To find out that the Ace of Spades has such a shady history with the shooting of Wild Bill Hickok, I never could get out of my mind.

Attending a western re-enactment last year provided some wonderful images, so with a bit of manipulating the pose, etc. This is what I came up with. I did a bit of this under magnification. And I deliberately gave it a very muted color scheme.


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