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.


Dan Morton said...

Excellent painting in a tricky medium. The drummer looks like he has spirit!

Would be curious to know how much formal art training you've had. You seem to have command of several different media.

All the best,

Jason said...

Great blog, pard! Love how you set it up. Will be checking it frequently.


Gary said...

Dan, Thanks for your comments. I attended a technical highschool and had commercial art as my shop class. There I learned basic drawing,painting,photography and silk screening. After highschool I attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for about a quarter before leaving, as I did not feel challanged enough with the classes . In my opinion the Art Institute schools are not the best choice if one wants to persue a serious career in the art field. Aside from what few things I learned in school I'm basically self taught. It's an ongoing education without end.~Gary

WHDamon said...

Impressive, didn't realize your talents extended to flat art. Hope you don't mind but I downloaded your drummer as the wall paper on my desktop. Great way to start a day in front of the keyboard. Keep up the fine work

Walt Damon

Matt Springer said...


Nice job on the drummer. Any chance we'll see a 3- dimensional version??

The site looks great too!


maui said...

Nice blog,
and beatiful painting.
I like your style.



Martin von Bargen said...

Very inspirational Gary. I love to see artistic talent on display, and even better in a historical context.



Gary said...

Jason, Thanks buddy. The format needs a bit of tweaking. I wish the page were a bit darker as images stand out more. Hopefully I'll get myself in gear so there will be something new to see from time to time.

Walt, Thanks for the kind words. Go ahead and use it for your wallpaper if you like.

Matt, Thanks. A figure of the drummer? Anything is possible, though it's not on my list of things to do.

Maurizio, Thank you. As for a style, it's still a work in progress.

Martin, Thank you also. Hopefully larger pieces await me.

Thanks again guys, I appreciate it. ~Gary

John Rees said...

Gary, I saw your message on the Company of Military Historians Webpage. Wonderful work. I've posed for Troiani, worked with Pete Copeland, and admire and used George Woodbridge's work. I may be going out on a limb, but the two figures you posted show great promise along the same line. I've written for 20 years on the soldiers of the Revolution, and perhaps sometime in the future I may be able to use your artwork for an article.


John Rees

P.S. I, too, work for the USPS. Here's a link to some of my articles and a partial list of my published works:

Gary Dombrowski said...

John, Thank you very much. The American Revolution is one of my favorite periods. I'm familiar with your articles, as a matter of fact I have all, if not most of them in my research files. I hold Troiani's work in high regard. He's one of the best. As for Peter Copeland and George Woodbridge, they are heroes of mine. I've admired their work as long as I can remember. I'd would be interested in discussing some ideas with you fter finishing some miniature work and another painting that are on my "to do" list. Again thanks for the kind words.~Gary