I have prints available here : http://www.circusposterus.com/prints#travis_louie including this image
The Smoking Girl “Concerns a young lady who after surviving a fire in 1893, developed a “smoking problem”. At first, she merely gave off the scent of burning wood which was ignored by her classmates who felt bad that she lost her home along with all her belongings.
But as she got older, her hair began to release smoke into the air as if her head was smoldering. She eventually was no longer allowed in public buildings as the smoke would fill up enclosed spaces.
She became a villain of sorts as she tried to take over a small town and turn it into a sanctuary for “smokers”. “
Rhinochops circa 1881
Defender of Rhinos and other larger animals during the rise of big game hunting at the end of the 19th century. He was the nemesis of every hunting enthusiast from Central West Africa to Northern Cameroon. During the Boer Wars he was referred to as “Rhinochops” because of his signature look. After maiming several soldiers who were “practicing” their marksmanship on black rhinos he became a target himself. Just before WWI, stories circulated in that region, that he had strapped explosives to himself and blown up a pack of hunters in their camp. Some decades later, spectators claimed to have seen him at the Cricket World Cup in 1975 sponsored by Prudential Assurance Company.
Wish I could borrow this painting back to look at some of the technical aspects, …I remember doing something different with the layering of the first tones on this one.