Annie Oakley Colorized


Black and white photo of Annie Oakley Colorized“For me, sitting still is harder than any kind of work.” – Annie Oakley.

I can relate.  Annie Oakley, born Phoebe Ann Moses, was a natural born sharp-shooter,entertainer and all around bad-ass. She gained notoriety for being  the only female in a completely male dominated sport,  shootin’ guns. 

Born in a log cabin in 1860 in Ohio, Annie had a pretty rough upbringing. Annie’s father died during a blizzard when she was quite young, so at age ten she was sent off to live with a cruel family whom she would later refer to as “The Wolves”. While living with the foster family, annie would sneak off into the woods and practice her sharp shooting. After a year or so and Annie was capable and ready,she ran away from the asshole family and  reunited with her mother.

Annie paid the bills by shooting game in the nearby woods and entering marksmanship contests, which led Annie to meet her future husband,  Frank Butler. Frank Butler was a touring champion marksman, but on
Thanksgiving day 1875,  15-year-old Annie Oakley kicked his ass in a shooting contest. Frank was instantly smitten and they were married the next year. 

Annie’ became a household name after she started touring in Buffalo Bill Cody s Wild West Show. Touring internationally, Annie met Queen Victoria(who called her a “very clever little girl.”)  and was loved by the British papers.Annie Oakley died on November 3, 1926. Frank Butler, to whom she had been married for 50 years, died 18 days later.

This colorization is the first I have done with a digital pen rather than a mouse. I purchased a WACOM digital drawing pad and it gives me some great options and a better sense of depth when adding color and restoring the photo. 

My full size colorization is below as well as the full size black and white photo.Feel free to share this colorization on your social network of choice as well as leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.

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All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within is the sole work of Wayne Degan.

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