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The original concept for this piece was "Wild Angelinos." I wanted to show the wildlife of Los Angeles (pigeons, rats, raccoons, coyotes...etc) going about their business much as we do, dressed up in suits, dressed down in flip flops, walking their pet cockroaches and so on. Working with Jason the idea evolved into charicatures of different types of LA citizens represented as animals; "Local Fauna." I wanted it to look like a vintage scientific illustration.
Original thumbnail, so you can see how rough I sometimes start:
Process: Sketch, final drawing, and halfway through the painting (done with sepia washes, before any color.)
*THIS DRAWING SOLD*
As always, a big "thank you" to art directors Jason Jones and Darrick Rainey!
And finally; this tall drink of Swiss mountain spring water is the lovely and exceedingly talented Danielle Buerli. She is moving out of the country in only a handful of days so I made her a friendship-headdress out of soft faux leather and wire. Here she is wearing it at Sturtevant Falls. Shomako forever.