The subject of my next figure study is a Corporal from the 44th Regiment of Foot that fought alongside the 48th Regiment of Foot at Braddock's defeat in 1755. The painting will be based on an updated version of a sketch that was first done in 1997. I'm also considering a colored illustration showing what the typical redcoat of the day carried while on campaign. A thought came to me while sorting out what items to include. What would make one painting art and the other illustration? Maybe my work fits more into the area of illustration.
I've recently posted my paintings on a forum for artists in the hopes of getting some feedback that might improve my stuff technically. While there have been some positive responses to the postings I'm wondering if lack of appeal for historical subjects could be the reason behind not many responses.