Fly-Fishing Cowgirls

From Alberta in the north of the continent to Texas in the south, there exists a prominent Western (like the film genre) culture that surpasses national borders. Its rodeos, fly fishing, hunting, and even tongue-in-cheek cowboy style itself are tied closer to the Land than the often-prominent rootless cosmopolitanism of urban environments. 

Being "city folk" myself, and, at the same time, coming from a different--Eastern European--background, to boot (pun, sorry!), this culture strikes me as exotic and fascinating as visiting Kyoto for the first time.

This weekend, I've documented its trailer-riding, fly-fishing, cowgirl-dressing ladies:

Oh, and I'm totally into the boots. 

Fishing Pin-up

In light of what I normally post on this blog, it might be somewhat surprising to see a blonde bombshell show up amidst all the wildlife and Heideggerian (!) imagery (albeit in cartoon form)! Yet I also enjoy creating lighthearted illustrations within the realm of pop culture, such as this one.

My client requested a remake of a vintage American pin-up with a fishing theme, but with a twist--it had to be transformed into a cartoon portrait of her. (The original was a wavy-haired brunette.) So what I've attempted to do was modernize the image while maintaining the elongated proportions of the original pin-up look.