Many moons ago (in 2015!!) — I did
a quick digital sketch of just this guy's face.
It was just a silly, cartoony idea — but recently I
opened it again and did a little work on it in Krita (an AWESOME
FREE digital painting app) and took it a little further —
adding a quick concept doodle for his body.
I'd been reading / studying a lot
about the Great Lakes Native American
around the time I was working on this —
and was obviously influenced by that.
I was also inspired by a rough sketch/painting that
Frank Frazetta had done
of a warrior brave — but
without using it as a reference — I came up with my own pose.
Obviously deviating a lot from Frazetta's piece —
principally in that my piece is a cartoon — I also added
that expanded and expanded that until it
became the moonlit /sunset vista you see above.
This was a blast to begin — and then a chore to
finish — but it taught me a lot about Krita —
and I'm glad to have completed it.