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Mississippi River

While I live in Kansas City now, I grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa right along the Mississippi River. So I decided to do a river scene with some of the wildlife that lives off the river. 

Here is my word-association/mind map + reeaaaaaally rough thumbnail of my composition:

Originally I thought I was going to do more of a riverfront scene so I did a lot more sketches of people doing things. I decided I could go simpler if I stuck with just the wildlife, but here are a couple of my compiled sketches:

And here is my sketched out/compiled composition. 

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