Although this piece is also an on-the-spot artist alley commission, it's quite a different type of chibi from last week's featured art! Rather than a colored caricature of an anime character, it's an inked caricature of a real-life historical figure!
|The initial pencil work is all done.|
If you didn't already guess from the title of this post, the historical figure I was asked to draw is Butch Cassidy. I was provided with a specific photo of him to use as a reference--my preferred way of working for on-the-spot commissions. I simply took his exact pose, expression, and outfit and chibified them!
|Partway through the inking process.|
As I was drawing chibi Butch, I became very pleased with how he was dressed. There are certain details I didn't notice until I was looking closely to ensure I captured everything I could. Not only is he wearing a well-pressed three piece suit with a jauntily-perched bowler hat while sitting in an extremely ornate chair, he's got a watch chain through the buttonhole of his vest (I noticed that it's unbuttoned where the chain is; I always assumed vests remain fully buttoned even when a chain is worn), his vest is collared, and his tie has a decorative pin at the knot. Butch Cassidy is simply dapper!
|Final inked drawing and the photo reference.|
I think this is the first time I've drawn a chibi in a bowler hat. What do you think? Does chibi Butch look like himself? What historical figure would you have me turn into a chibi?