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.

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