Thursday, November 30, 2006

Confederate States Marine Corps

This is a 1/35 scale figure that I am doing for a collector. It is made of Aves and Duro putty. The head is from Tiger Models. The cartridge box and rifle are from Dragon Models 1/35 Union Infantry set. The CS box plate on the cartridge box is from Shenandoah Miniatures. The steps and deck planking are made from basswood, with the railings made from brass rod stock. The only items not attached to the figure are the socket for the bayonet and the rifle sling. The figure was inspired by a Don Troiani painting.

I found that posing a figure going down stairs is not an easy thing to do. My hat is definitely off to those sculptors that are masters at posing figures with a lot of animation. Sorry if the picture is a little dark. Photography is not my strong suit, but I'm learning...slowly.

Monday, November 27, 2006

4th Pennsylvania Battalion, 1776

This is a pencil sketch for a future figure study painting. It's another early war subject that is wearing a patched and cut down uniform that was issued early in 1776. Like the American Civil War of later years there were a variety of uniforms worn by the fledgling American army.

I need to make a few anatomical corrections before transferring the drawing to multimedia board. I have not yet decided on the size for this one. It will either be 8 x 10 or 11 x 14. I like the 8 x 10 size, although the larger size is probably more practical for use in reproduction.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Drummer, 4th Maryland Independent Company, 1776

The 4th was one of seven Independent Companies raised in 1776. The contractor's reciept for their coats did not include include buttons, but hooks and eyes instead. Besides being drawn to musician's uniforms, this little detail made it all the more interesting. The figure study was painted in Gouache and Acrylics on Multimedia Artboard. The painting measures 8 x 10.

This is the first piece of color flat art I've done in a long time. I'm happy with the results, though there are some things I would probably do a little different today. Gouache is a very tricky medium to work with as the paint "reactivates" itself whenever water or other colors are laid on top. Just for fun I may do this subject over again in a year. I'd be curious to see how different my approach and results would be.