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Bill the Butcher by Leopreston Bill the Butcher by Leopreston
William ‘Bill the Butcher’ Poole (or William Cutting if you prefer his fictionalised name), for ‘Mr Dandy’ himself, Steven (RelaxingDragon1) over on FA.

This piece was way too much fun to work on and the pre-prep for it presented the perfect opportunity to find out more about a figure I knew so little about. In all honesty, I had never seen Gangs of New York all the way through before and finally watched it a few days ago, as required research. I immediately realised just what I had been missing! It’s a truly great film, albeit slightly confusing because there are many details that have been changed, including Bill the Butcher’s real name. Anyway, thanks go to Steven for recommending it! ;)

So yes, Bill the Butcher, an ‘actual’ butcher, New York City gang member, bare-knuckle boxer, knife-thrower… and racist git (bloomin’ pro-‘native born’ American, anti-immigrant, anti-Irish, anti-Catholic whatnot!) Lol! I know that Steven would hit me hard over the head for mentioning that again, because the whole turf-war was a huge issue back then, but thankfully the word ‘unity’ has a little more meaning these days.

…Oh yeah, and he dispatched Liam Neeson damnit! Why? WHY? Wahahaha! :(

(Artwork © Leona Preston / Steven Burse 2009 /
Inspired by the motion picture ‘Gangs of New York’ © Miramax Films)

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ukalapi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
wow!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yay! :D
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GhostAura Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Good god, You made him look as sexy as Daniel Day Lewis in the film. I applaud!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you, that's quite a compliment!
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:iconghostaura:
GhostAura Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Anytime, keep up the work :)
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
:) I will certainly aim to do so, thank you!
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GhostAura Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Ya welcome :3
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Galileo-Figaro Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
cooooool :D
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PyromaniacVampire Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Your style...Your art...a must love!
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Leopreston Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you very much! OMG... your icon. Crazy 'you sir!' look! XD
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