Santos D. by Eduardo Cortes
Ok. So this is my drawing of Santos D. (18?? - 1856), who was in the inner circle of Progressives and intellectuals next to Benito Juarez (president of Mexico). He was a general, state governor of Jalisco, then minister of war and marine and also a poet. He later became a leading figure in the anticlerical movement whose goal was to clip the Church's wings in La Guerra de Reforma (War of Reform). In 1856 he was taken prisoner and killed.
In the drawing there is Santos D's "bust" and what I want to do is to show not just his political, military, etc. side but also his intellectual side. He was also a poet and a scribe and steeped himself in the works of some French philosophers like Voltaire and others. He also left behind a cultural monument: Guadalajara's famus Degollado Theatre.
Anyways, I want to add next to him the coat of arms of Guadalajara which is a pair of lions protecting a pine tree (leaves rather than needles). The Lions represent the warrior’s determination and discipline, and the solitary pine symbolizes noble ideals.
I think this would represent his two sides very good.
*Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco and Santos D was the governor.
It looks like an easy drawing but it was a lot of work and took me a very looong time. I used a sharpie paint pen which has a thin point. its not like regular ones. I used this because the ink is very thick so it makes it pitch black.
I am still working on the coat of arms on another piece of paper and i will later attach it next to the bust. I will post that later on hopefully tonight but this is what i got for now. Other than that I don't know if I should draw a background and if I do I really don't know what.
I really really need some feedback since this is the first time I post it and it hasn't been critiqued.