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(the process)


"Famous Kansans"

These are the three versions submitted for approval.

First Drawing Second Drawing Final Drawing
1st drawing
2nd drawing
Final drawing

Step 1
Step 2
Most of my references were in black and white.
I decided to use a warm pink as a base color to add some punch!
I began with Wallis paper drymounted to an acid free foam board.
After transferring my drawing, I blocked in the darkest areas with dioxazine purple acrylic .

Step 3
Step 4
I started at the top.
I am experimenting with the colors of the sky. I know I want it
to be stormy on the left with the tornado and lighter on the right
with the rainbow.

Step 5
Step 6
I think for composition, I want an arch across the sky,
echoing the rainbow on the right.
The tornado is symbolically wrapping around Amelia Earhart's propeller. Adding details to Carrie and Ike.

Step 7
Step 8
Working on the hand going back and forth between warm
and cool colors.
Continuing to work on the hand then on to Amelia's face.

Step 9
Step 10
I am trying to decide on a color theme. However, with the blue
in the sky, the rainbow and Amelia's red plane, I think this will
end up very colorful.
I wanted some interest to the background so I added
"colorful" elements to represent a plowed Kansas field.
Step 11
Step 11
I work generally from the upper left to the lower right so I concentrated on finishing Carrie, Ike and Bill.
Buster was such a fun subject because of his expression and characteristic demeanor.
Step 13
Step 14
I wanted all the "famous Kansans" to look as though
they were actually sitting together. After looking at George
Washington Carver and working out the elements around him,
I decided on a way for them to interact.
Instead of Emmett holding a sandwich,
he should be holding a flower of the same variety
George is experimenting on.
Step 15
Step 16
I originally had Dorothy leaning on the railing in
front of Ike.
I realized an opportunity to have Dorothy holding the
pot of flowers for George!
Step 17
Step 18
Nearing completion.
Finishing Emmett's feet.
Step 19
tep 20
But wait! I forgot something.
One more addition to my original drawing.
Toto, of course! (Thanks Pat)

Famous Kansans

Dwight D. Eisenhower- He was a five-star general in the United States Army and became the 34th President of the United States.

In 1892 the family moved to Abilene, Kansas.


Ameila Earhart- She was the first woman aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other aviation records but disappeared on a record-setting attempt to fly across the equator in 1937.

Born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas.

Carry A. Nation-
The hatchet-toting
prohibitionist identified all she thought was evil in the world, particularly liquor, tea and cigarettes. She became famous traveling from town to town, wrecking saloons.

In 1889 moved to Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

George Washington Carver-
an agri-scientist, botanist, educator, humanitarian, and inventor, was best known for discovering hundreds of uses for peanuts, soybean, sweet potatoes, and pecans and for developing crop-rotation methods.

In 1877 moved to Fort Scott, Kansas.

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody-
He was a trapper, a bullwhacker, Pony Express rider, scout, wagonmaster, stagecoach driver, Civil War soldier, and even hotel manager. He earned his nickname for his skill while supplying Kansas Pacific Railroad workers with buffalo meat. Later became stage actor, author and a showman in the traveling “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” shows.

In 1853 moved to Leavenworth, Kansas.

Dorothy Gale-
A 12-year-old Kansas farm girl, is knocked unconscious during a tornado. She, her dog Toto, and the farmhouse are apparently swept up in the storm and dropped into the magical Land of Oz.

Based on the 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.
Museums in Liberal and Wamego,Kansas.

Buster Keaton-
He was best known for his silent films in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”.

Born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas.

Emmett Kelly-
He was a circus performer who created the memorable clown figure “Weary Willie” based on the hobos of the Depression era. His routine was revolutionary at the time: traditionally, clowns wore white face and performed slapstick stunts intended to make people laugh. As a tramp, he also appealed to the sympathy of his audience.

Born on December 9, 1898 in Sedan. Kansas.

commissioned by the Kansas Lottery 2010

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