Monday, November 29, 2010

Felix Ward: Spoils of War, Arizona Style

November 29, 2010
Last night I helped MC a fundraiser for the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame down at Handlebar J's in Scottsdale. Got to catch up with many of my musician friends including Hans Olson, Joe Bethancourt, James Park, Steve Peroni and radio compadres Marty Manning and Carol Springer. I donated an original of Dyke & the Blazers which I created for the True West Moments that ran in the Arizona Republic.

Went home for lunch and whipped out a scene from the upcoming Graphic Cinema on the capture and kidnapping of Felix Ward, which set off the Apache Wars. Here is young Felix being herded towards the Arivaipa by his Coyotero Apache captors:

Over the weekend I worked on a series of close-ups on the 12-year-old boy, caught while herding sheep and goats on his step-father's Sonoita Creek homestead (about two miles west of present day Patagonia):

Not sure I'll actually do the shepherd crook staff, but it does give it a biblical flair, no? Believe it or not, I poached the expression off of a typical bug-eyed Anime still. Sketches for proof, tomorrow.

Also worked on the raiders herding the cattle off into the San Pedro Valley, before turning north to the Gila River area. Got this study going:

And I also worked on this scene of the Coyoteros scoping out the Ward Ranch before the raid. You can just make them out hiding in the rocks (this is taken from an actual photo of the site):

Had a dental appointment at 11. Losing a tooth, gaining an implant.

"It takes two to speak the truth—one to speak and another to hear."

—Henry David Thoreau

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