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.