colt 45 (no, not the malt beverage)

another unique pistol portrait request came my way last fall. a gentleman, who saw my artwork in few articles online, wanted to commission a drawing of an antique colt single action army .45.  he sent several images of the gun via email and gave a brief history. he recently found out this particular gun was engraved by a master engraver that colt commissioned to do just a few pieces for them specifically. the historic collector’s piece belongs to his father-in-law, to whom the commissioned piece was meant for.

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i sent a few photos to him once the drawing was complete.
“I am absolutely amazed at the finished product! It is exactly what I was expecting and more. Thank you so much for your time and effort on this project. The matte and frame work great with the drawing, the rustic look is perfect. I know that [father-in-law] will be blown away when we give it to him on Christmas morning. It really is going to be hard to wait for that day to get here.” … “The entire process was simple and with the little input I gave you the end result is perfect! If you ever need a reference please let me know. Although, your work speaks for itself!”

do you hear that?
it’s my ego inflating. oh wait, there’s more …

after mailing the well-packed drawing to him, he wrote:
“Awestruck!! There is a depth to the drawing that pictures can not capture obviously! Amazing work, beyond grateful! There were no shipping mishaps, and it made it in one beautiful piece. Thank you again for making the process so simple. I will most certainly keep you in mind for future concepts and happily spread the word of your talents and services. I know [father-in-law] will be speechless!”

daaaaaang.

vintage pistol couture.

detail.

the pistol series is continually evolving, which is a great thing … since this gun-drawing thing is not going to stop any time soon.

for years, i have been adding the paper of vintage sewing patterns to mixed-media paintings and illustrations. after researching pistol diagrams and spending hours looking at clothing patterns, i saw a correlation between the two. they began to mesh well, one evolving into the other.

detail.

the illustrations are framed with the vintage fabric pattern paper or vintage clothing pattern packaging behind the drawing. i also have a large stack of antique publications handed down in the family from 1911-1930 that i use to mount the illustrations on. i use amate paper to draw on, which is a paper handmade by otomi indians of mexico. it has a great texture and is sturdy. the two look great together.

i am really excited about this new avenue and plan to continue my “things-coming-out-of-guns” series, as well.

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