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Painting of Cheyenne Moon – Danny Reyes

This is Danny Reyes from the Cheyenne Nation.

This painting is traditional oils on Ampersand Gessobord Masonite. The finished size is 11″ x 14″.

Here is version one. On day one, I painted in all the dark areas.

Cheyenne Moon WIP 1

This is day two. I have laid in the base coat for the upper head feathers.

Cheyenne Moon WIP 2

Day three. Here I painted the base coat on his face.

Cheyenne Moon WIP 3

Day four. I spent the entire day roughing in his porcupine quill collar/chest plate and ear rings plus I added more detail to his face.

Cheyenne Moon WIP 4

This is the final version. I finished detailing out his upper feathers, painted in David’s collar feathers and lastly, I signed it.

I wanted to point out something in this painting that I didn’t notice until after I was about half way through the painting. If you look closely, check out the gold shape on David’s face. It is very cleverly painted to represent a crescent moon using his actual eye and nose, giving us the title that Andrew and I came up with, Cheyenne Moon.

Cheyenne Moon WIP 7

Here are two close-ups of my final version to show all the detail.

Cheyenne Moon WIP 5

Cheyenne Moon WIP 6

Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of my works in progress to come.


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