Ink on art board
Original Size: 12” x 16”
This illustrates several symbols of Oklahoma: the state bird which is the Scissor-tail Flycatcher; the Osage shield that adorns the Oklahoma flag; and Will Rogers, a favorite son of Oklahoma.
The line art techniques used in the piece are stippling (small dots made closer together provides a darker area; farther apart lightens the area) in the Scissor-tail. Parallel lines in the Osage shield, the letters “WILL” and the graphics band on the right side provide variety and contrast. The shadow-image technique was used in the portrait of Will Rogers serves as the focal point with its high contrast.
I used this illustration in my classroom to show students that a variety of techniques may be used and not look overworked. I’ve always enjoyed working with type and you will notice that many of my illustrations include type.