After getting over my excitement, I sent an inquiry as to using his lovely photos as future reference images for my work. I hadn't painted in a while, but I thought this would be the perfect inspiration.
I quickly got the go-ahead and compliments on my work. There was a half-joking comment made about a free sample, and while I don't normally do that kind of thing, I figured this is a wonderful cause and anything I could do to help get the word out and support is well worth it.
So I chose a headshot of a Northern Blacktail Rattlesnake, dusted off my brushes (metaphorically, I promise they are actually well taken care of) and went to work.
Snakes are a bit difficult to get right because of the number of scales, I can't just smoosh paint and hope it works out alright. But I feel it turned out beautifully! I'm looking forward to sharing more in the future! In the mean time...go check out those links above and help support Orry Martin and the rattlesnakes!