After the war, Lea embarked on a new artistic chapter, this time as a writer. His debut novel, The Brave Bulls, showcased his brush and ink illustrations, which captivated readers and propelled the book to bestseller status, eventually inspiring a cinematic adaptation. Following this success, Lea penned The Wonderful Country, a tale set in the fictional locale of Puerto, drawing inspiration from his hometown of El Paso. Notably, he employed a distinctive pen-and-ink drawing style that differed from his earlier work on The Brave Bulls. Tom Lea, ever the experimenter, eschewed fixed artistic styles (to which his career will attest) and preferred to adapt his approach to suit the specific demands of each subject.
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