To celebrate this extraordinary and momentous day in the history of our country I thought I'd post a scene from the history of Brownsville, Texas.
I've posted a couple thumbnails of this piece in the past as teasers, but today I'd like to unveil the fully inked illustration I've done for the potential graphic novel based on the life of Charles Stillman, a 19th century entrepreneur. This scene in particular is a depiction of the moment Stillman reveals to his wife, Elizabeth, the map of the future town of Brownsville, Texas - which he founded on January 13, 1849. This is but one of the many interesting moments in the life of Stillman, an intriguing and even controversial character in American history. For the events that lead up to the founding of Brownsville were also one of the very reasons for the coming of the Cortina Wars a decade later.
And for a little "Interesting Trivia"...
Charles Stillman is believed to have named the first three streets in Brownsville after himself, his wife Elizabeth and his father Francis. These Streets are named St. Charles, Elizabeth St. and St. Francis. It is believed the sign making company who made the street signs originally misread the order and mistook 'street' (St.) for 'saint' (which is also St.).
Hope you enjoy and Happy 4th of July!