Monday, September 24, 2007

Outline done

I could not wait to get home from work to outline the figure so I can move closer to finally painting. Now that I've done it I almost wished I had not outlined the figure. It can be covered with paint over time, as for now it's way too dark.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

A toned board

I finally got around to transfering the drawing onto my 5 x 7 piece of multimedia board. I decided to try toning my board first instead of a tonal painting or just blocking in the main shapes. The drawing was transfered using a softer grade of drawing pencil to insure the image would be visible. My main concern is the pencil smearing or lifting if I get water on it. I've decided to go in and outline the drawing with paint so I not only have a guide but that it seals in the pencil.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

2nd Virginia Regiment, 1778-1780

Here's the subject of my next painting which will be a modest 5" x 7" half figure study. My buddy Pete Culos has done several of these and they are really nifty. What's really nice is it should take less time than a larger painting. As soon as the proportions of the figure are sorted out I'll transfer him to Multimedia board and paint him up.

Painting a Ranger with Photoshop

I'm really impressed with some of the work artists are producing using this amazing program. I decided to "experiment" by coloring in an old sketch done around 2001. Though there are some things that could be improved on I just needed something to throw some color on. The subject is a Ranger, circa 1759, Quebec. The first thing was to put in a color background of sorts to get rid of the white of the paper the drawing was on. I then erased all of the background that covered the figure. The next step was to start blocking in all of the colors that will make up the painting. Each major element has it's own "layer", that way I can for example erase part of the coat without erasing part of the background. Regardless of how this turns out this program is a great way to see what colors will work on a painting without using up paint and wearing out brushes on color studies.

I really like the way the drawing looks against a colored background. The figure really pops out and looks better than just floating in a white space.

Friday, September 14, 2007

New blog header

I decided to change the header for my blog as I thought it needed to have an older (more historical) look about it. This also gave me an excuse to play around with Photoshop some more.

A few more older drawings

Here are more older drawings, a few of which I might clean up and make into 8 X 10 figure studies. Most if not all of these were done around 2001-2003. Every now and again i get these bursts of energy (not often) and crank out 5-15 in a few days. Mostly I do 1 or 2 sketches a week if I'm lucky.

1. Rifleman from the 4th Maryland Independent Company, 1776. A painting I did of this unit's drummer was the first or one of the first things I posted on my blog. I think this would make a neat little full color figure study one day.

2. I found this badge on Fort Ticonderoga's website one day and had to have it. Their site made it impossible to save or print so I drew it from the computer. As I wanted the badge to be accurate I placed a grid made from clear plastic on my monitor so I could get the badge exactly as it looked. I then did a detailed drawing in ink on bristol board. This is the pencil drawing with notes I did before the final drawing.

3. Various Revolutionary War cartridge boxes done from photographs of the real thing. I darkened the drawing so it would show better.

4. This was a fun little drawing to do. The original was drawn by Jean Baptiste Antoine De Verger. I did a smaller version of De Verger's drawing with my "modern day" version. It was drawn with a ballpoint pen and I really like how it turned out.

5. Smallwood's Maryland Battalion, Baltimore Independent Cadets, 1776. Here's another drawing I'd like to do a color figure study of. What's interesting is the unit wore a red coat with buff facings. Over this they wore rifle frocks/shirts. I wonder why?lol

6. Another ballpoint pen drawing showing various types of civilian dress.