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Chief Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Sioux


This portrait of Sitting Bull is the third in the "Western History Series" and was my favorite drawing to date. Sitting Bull typically wore one or two coup feathers in his hair rather than an elaborate headdress. His simple clothing speaks to the understated nature of Sitting Bull.

The figure is 7.5" x 12" and is based on a portrait taken by D. F. Barry in 1885, several weeks after Sitting Bull's surrender. The oddly-appearing crucifix around his neck was given to him by Father De Smet at the peacemaking council in 1868.

The original photograph is slightly overexposed resulting in little to no detail in the fringe and shirt. Many of the details were created based on similar photographs and imagination.

Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Fabriano Artistico Hot Press Watercolor Paper, 12" x 16"

Last Update: January 10, 2016

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