Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Project

I was really happy to see some of my work appear in the Winter 2015 issue of Military Collector & Historian published by The Company of Military Historians. I've always wanted to illustrate a plate and or article for them ever since I was a kid. It feels great to see it finally come to fruition after all these years. Much to my surprise the work attracted the attention of an author that is in the process of writing a book that needs uniforms studies of various mid 19th century subjects. Unfortunately I cannot go into the specifics of the projects or post the work that I'm doing by request of the author. I'm considering posting some sketches of subjects relevant to the period so as to keep the visual tone of this blog.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015

Though I have many projects at various stages of completion THIS is only the 2nd post for the year. At this stage I can only promise to double the amount of  posts in the coming year. Happy New Year.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Just for fun

Silly little projects like this help to get me out of a funk and back into more serious projects. What could be more silly than Yosemite Sam as a 5th New York zouave?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy Halloween

I did a quick sketch of Frankenstein years ago and thought it was time to do a painting. Boris Karloff's version is probably the most celebrated. This 5" X 7" painting was done using black, white, and orange gouache. It's a tricky medium to paint with, but offers some great possibilities. Have a great Halloween.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Another Company of Military Historians Project

This is the latest painting project done up last month. It will be in a future volume of the Journal published by the Company of Military Historians. The subject is the 1st Louisiana ( Federal )  Native Guards. The text is written by noted historian Rene Chartrand. There was limited time in which to get this project done and I was happy to finish with a few days to spare. The painting was done in acrylic on multimedia board.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Figure studies for Company of Military Historians article

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to do some illustrations for the Company of Military Historians journals or it's Military Uniforms in America Plate series. I offered to do some figure studies for an author that was working on an article for the journal. Hopefully publication of the article will send other authors my way seeking to add a bit of color to their articles.

The Smith Guard 1860-61

Coldwater Light artillery 1859

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


In addition to working on a few painting I also started filling up a few sketchbooks. One is historical subjects while the other one are non historical ( for the most part ) in nature. I recently completed this drawing of Edgar Allen Poe, along with a few quotes. A few color studies and more sketchbook pages are on the way.

Friday, April 5, 2013

146th New York Zouave study

This 8 X 10 acrylic figure study depicts a Corporal of the 146th NY as he would have appeared in the winter of 1863-64. The red tassel, which is unusual was part of the first issue zouave ( Turco ) uniform issued in June of 1863.

The three figures represent some of the painting process. The first figure shows the under painting done in raw or burnt sienna. The second shows the under painting with a wash of burnt sienna given to most of figure with the exception of very light areas. Thirdly shows the figure blocked in with it's basic colors. The color for the face and hands would be blocked in also. Lastly, more refined coloring would be applied to achieve the finished study.
The finished figure study.