Thursday, December 23, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas illustration done

Finished just in time for Christmas. I'm not crazy about "speed painting" but it'll serve it's purpose.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas is coming

Which is why this thing needs to be done by the weekend. For some reason it took several attempts until I was finally satisfied with the final drawing. The finished illustration will only be about 5 X 7 and will be done in acrylics.

I created the drawing by laying a piece of tracing paper over the sketch (or scribble) of the figure. A more refined figure was then drawn using the sketch as a guide.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tis the season

I'm long overdue posting some new art. I have a few paintings at various stages of completion that need to be resumed...shortly. Since Christmas is right around the corner I feel like doing an illustration to use for an online Christmas card of sorts. I actually was going to do this last year but time was running too short. Originally the figure was going to depict an Eastern Indian dragging a small pine tree that had just been cut down. I've decided to make him a French Canadian militiaman from around the 1750's instead. Here's the rough concept of the figure (below).

I have another sketch of a French Canadian walking in the snow with a puppy running alongside him. I may add him to the figure here as a cute little touch. Here's the concept figure with some type tohelp better visualize my idea.

Next up will be a much more refined drawing that will then be transferred to a piece of board for painting.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A makeover...sort of

A thought a makeover of sorts might help get me out of this slump. The drawing looks okay on the header though I'm not crazy about the look of the text. The open space above and below the text bugs me for some reason too. This is more of a work in progress as the NEW design feature on blogger is not that great IMO. It seems more complicated in some respects than the old one.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Drawing finished

Here's the finished drawing. I'm going to have to study up on photographing drawings, especially those with a white background. I shot this out side and it still seems a bit dark.

In two days Ill be able to walk over the same gound that the "color episode" of the 149th took place on.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Color Corporal Henry Spayd, 149th Pa Vol. "Bucktails"

I'm currently working on a pencil drawing of Color Corporal Henry Spayd of the 149th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry of Stone's "Bucktail" brigade. This drawing will be part of my display at next week's Artist Preservation Group miniature and art exhibition in Gettysburg, Pa. The APG sponsored the conservation of a flag from the 149th that will be unveiled in Gettysburg next Friday. To read about Spayed and the episode involving the colors of the 149th read HERE. Though I plan to do an oil painting of Spayed I'm going to settle for bringing the drawing instead. The Summer heat and wanting to get the painting right instead of rushed brought about the idea of bringing the drawing instead.

Here is a detail shot of the drawing. I was a bit concerned about the likeness as there is only one period photograph of Spayd that that I'm aware of. The discovery of a Grand Army of the Republic medal with Spayd in relief has me feeling a little better about his likeness.

I plan on doing more drawings and or paintings of the 149th Color Guard and the incident that happened on July 1, 1863.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Last painting of 2009

I finished this yesterday which makes it the last painting of 2009. The most important thing I learned from this is that it deserves to be done larger. It was more of learning experience more than anything, being that it was my first oil.