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Ace in the hole by smallreddog Ace in the hole by smallreddog
Again for a weekly forum contest at ImagineFx titled Ace In The Hole. Used photo reference from falln-stock [link] and dragon-orb [link] at deviantART . both have some really interesting and useful images to work from. So here is the lovely Callisto "Calico" MacKenna grow up in Buckskin, a wild west town that never was in the Colorado foothills. Mother was a noted beauty and owned the best saloon in the region. Her father is unknown but is rumored to have been in the army and now is playing politics back east. This wild west world has a true indian nation on the west side of the Rockie Mountains, magic and things left better not said in front of children and wimmen folk. So when trouble comes a callin in Buckskin, Calico not only wants an ace-in-the-hole but a fist full of them. Makes things more easier on everyone that way. Amen.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”
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greenhuntingcat Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Well done!
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dgm-077 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
hehe i like the idea! :)
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smallreddog Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks the sheriff is one of my characters that I keep coming back to.
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dgm-077 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
hope so it s a important person ;)
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Eaglecaste Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
This is a marvelous piece. I'll reiterate what I've said in other forums, that I think this is a breakthrough painting for you, it truly is superb
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smallreddog Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you again. Now just to find time to do more. LOL You need to post your Sonja piece here soon.
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aLyrist Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I really like the textures of this, great job.
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:iconsmallreddog:
smallreddog Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I was really happy how this one seem o flow right out of me.
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aLyrist Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
It certainly shows. :)
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HaywireVisions Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009   Digital Artist
Congrats on a well deserved win with this one :D Love the background and texture.
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smallreddog Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again This one just kinda flowed outta me. I'm sure you know what I mean. the only hang-up was the background, because I wanted to add an old west saloon and storefront back there but after I started I know I was running out of time. i think I want to polish it up and send over to CG forums and get some response.
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HaywireVisions Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009   Digital Artist
It is nice when that happens, you just hit it. If it happened more often I wouldn't complain.
Good plan its a great effort already in the short amount of time.
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smallreddog Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean about it happening more often. I'm finding if i relax and just have fun with it its more likely to happen.
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dragon-orb Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Wow, great work! So glad my stock proved useful! Love it!
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smallreddog Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks but you and falln-stock made it possible. I just couldn't figure out how a hand would look wrapped around the rifle that way. I'll be back again if you don't mind.
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dragon-orb Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Mind? Not at all! It's talented artists like you that make it all worthwhile for us stock photographers!
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