Seth Wilson, of Las Cruces, sent me a copy of "The Wonderful Country" by Tom Lea and I have been marveling at Tom's graphic illustration skills and in fact, did a whole series of sketches emulating his style and studying his technique:
Seth also mentioned the work of Cisneros, another El Paso artist who did vaqueros and they really seem close in style. I wonder if one of them was a student of the other? And last night I really got into it, poaching Tom Lea's sparse methods for line work from the book:
And, the night before I continued my studys of saguaros and last light:
I'd ask for advice, but Steinbeck nailed that false pretense:
"No one wants advice, only corroboration."