Monday, March 18, 2013

Doc Holliday's Last Gunfight Concepts

March 18, 2013
Spent the weekend working on a cover concept illustrating Doc Holliday's last years in Colorado, which is being written by Doctor Gary Roberts, the foremost expert on Doc. I am going to do "Doc Holliday's Last Gunfight" for Classic Gunfights which was in Leadville, the two miles high mining town. I'm thinking of these headlines:

• Sky High Gunfight

• Two Miles High Gunfight

• Doc Holliday's Last Gunfight
After the OK Corral Fight Doc Landed in Leadville Where the Lead Flew

• Pasty, Cantankerous, Dyin' & Still Willin"
Doc Holliday's Last Years in Colorado

I'm doing a painting of this image (below), but here is the rough sketch which has some potential perhaps all by itself?

Here is my first crack at this idea:

And here is a study to illustrate Doc Holliday's Last Gunfight (The legend, that is):

A little bit of a red nose, but the guy was a roaring alcoholic! Finished this before I came into work this morning. Don't tell anyone but I poached the stance from a poster for the Matrix. Ha. Meanwhile, here is a version I did earlier of this same idea. This is how we WANT to see him, although the reality of his last gunfight is a stumbling, bumbling one-way shootout. Here's another version of the legend::

 Any of these ring your chimes?

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
—John Cage