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John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn by Ronny Hart

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John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn by 

8" X 10.25" Graphite Pencil on Strathmore Smooth Bristol Paper.
Completed June 2011

In the first adaption of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel True Grit, John Wayne stared as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn and won his only Academy Award for his performance in this film.

FEATURED in Graphite Pencil Artists June 2011
FEATURED in Fantastic Mixed Class Art June 2011
FEATURED in Photo Realistic Artwork June 2011
FEATURED in ☺♫ Art At Its Best!! ♫☺ July 2011

TOP TEN in the Pencil Drawing group Black&White Challenge July 2011
TOP TEN in the Pencil Drawing group Voucher Challenge August 2011
TOP TEN in the Traditional Drawing – No Color group Your Best Piece Challenge December 2011
TOP TEN in the Art At Its Best group P&P in B&W!! Challenge August 2012


john wayne, rooster cogburn, true grit, portrait, pencil, black and white, graphite

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  • John Gaffen
    John Gaffenabout 3 years ago

    Great work Ronny, I’m a big fan of John Wayne

  • Thanks a lot, John. You suprised me with this comment, I only uploaded the drawing 2 minutes ago!

    – Ronny Hart

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...about 3 years ago

    That’s a wonderful drawing of John, amazing likeness and quality Ronny!!

  • Thank you, Arie. I learn more about pencil drawing with every one that I do.

    – Ronny Hart

  • versatileArt
    versatileArtabout 3 years ago

    we need to live years to see such an achievment

  • What a wonderful compliment – coming from a person of few words.

    – Ronny Hart

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberleabout 3 years ago

    Outstanding Work!!

  • Simon, thank you for the great compliment! It is an honor to be featured on “Graphite Pencil Artists”.

    – Ronny Hart

  • waynea3
    waynea3about 3 years ago

    I am in awe !!! This is beyond words Ronnie.
    Please tell me how long it took to draw this masterpiece?

  • Thank you, Wayne, for taking the time to look at and comment on my work. I am pleased that you like it.
    I didn’t keep track of my time on this one (I suppose I should). I have been working on it off and on for about a week. I would guess that I have spent close to 20 hours on it.

    – Ronny Hart

  • waynea3
    waynea3about 3 years ago

    Oops, sorry I meant Ronny :)

  • Don’t worry about it :)
    By Daddy told me that girls spell theirs with an “ie” and boys with a “y”, but I have seen it both ways. A lot of the spam I get in my email assumes that I am female so I guess it doesn’t matter after all.

    – Ronny Hart

  • rahulsutar
    rahulsutarabout 3 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – Ronny Hart

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...about 3 years ago

    Wow!!!! This is a masterpiece.

  • Thank you, Diane, for taking the time to comment on my drawing. Calling it a “masterpiece” is great praise indeed. The term is often used to indicate the greatest work of a person’s career. This may be so, but I think that I can do better, so stay tuned.

    – Ronny Hart

  • Sorina Williams
    Sorina Williamsabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Sorina. It means a lot to me that a fine artist, such as yourself, should take the time to look at my work and comment on it.

    – Ronny Hart

  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaabout 3 years ago

    Superb drawing !

  • Thank you, Michele. I chose this picture partially because I wanted to try my hand at all of those wonderful cloth and leather textures. I am glad that you like the result.

    – Ronny Hart

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