Sunday, January 27, 2008

Militia officer sketch

Here's the subject of my next painting. I also decided to finally include other partial figures in the background. The size of the painting was originally going to only be 5 X 7. The size has since grown to 11 X 14. I'm looking forward to working with larger brushes. I may do a half size color study to help avoid obstacles that may come up with a larger piece.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Lt William Falconer, Grenadier Company, 15th Regiment of Foot, 1777

To the best of my knowledge there is no surviving miniature portrait of Falconer. This was a fun piece to do.In addition to the great looking hunting sword I was able to play with reconstructing a simpler uniform that he very well could have worn.The only thing I took a bit of license with was positioning the sword a little higher up on the body. An inscription on the throat of the scabbard helped me decide what I wanted Falconer's face to look like.

"The Honorable Lieut. William Falconer of the 15th Regt. of Foot Commanded by Lieut. Colonel Bird was killed in the action at Brandywine Sept. 11th 1777 in the 19th year of his age."

Monday, January 21, 2008

Miniature portrait

While I'm still working on the preliminary stuff for a larger project I wanted to keep my painting skills (haha) fresh. I decided to to a 5 X 7 portrait of a flank company officer of the 15th Regiment of Foot, c.1777. My inspiration comes from several military and civilian miniature portraits done during the 18th century. Most examples were painted on ivory and are round or oval in shape. The first drawing shows the thumbnail sketch which I then carefully traced and refined. The second drawing shows a larger and more refined example of the smaller cleaned up drawing. A follow up post will show the finished portrait along with some background information on the subject.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sneek peek

Here is one of a series of notes I'm putting together that will be used for determining the final look for some figures studies I'll be doing for a Revolutionary war project. I really like doing this type of stuff. Though there are not a lot of notes here I usually also list the book, article, or pictorial reference the sketches are based on.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

44th Regiment of Foot

I just completed my painting of a Corporal from the 44th Regiment of Foot, circa 1755. I'm still working on painting reds. The most difficult part is getting the highlights just right. aside from trying to master acrylics I'm really working on getting the weapons and equipment just right. More 18th century stuff is on the way, in addition to a number of Gettysburg related subjects.