True Grit

In a minute I aim to kill you Ned

Rooster Charging

My wife and I just finished reading the classic novel True Grit, and then we watched the John Wayne version of the movie. Well that inspired me to draw Rooster Cogburn’s charge toward Lucky Ned Pepper and his gang. If you haven’t seen the movies or read the book I’ll avoid the spoilers here, but tell you that they are entertaining.

This Rooster comes from the Coen brothers’ adaptation of the novel and I have to say that I enjoyed that one a great deal. The John Wayne is closer to the actual details of the book, but the Coens certainly capture the spirit.

When I chose to do this I didn’t realize that I would have to have some grit to get it done. I could see the image in my mind, but quickly realized that I didn’t know much about horse anatomy. A lot of visual research later and here it is- this Monday’s offering.

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One Response to True Grit

  1. Lori says:

    Love, love, LOVE this drawing, right down to the gritty brown background. You’ve inspired me to borrow the book from the library and dig in. I could use a lil True Grit of my own about now…

    Thanks for sharing your gift. Amazing!

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