Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A little more progress

Still blocking things in although I started to tighten up some parts of the buildings. This painting is coming together really fast. It should slow down a bit once work is started on the figure.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Blocking in

Here the background is being blocked in. It's quite a difference from using acrylics that's for sure. It was hard getting a decent pictue as the freshly laid oils had a bit of a sheen.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tonal painting

After transferring the drawing to the board I do a quick acrylic tonal painting. The board is then toned with oils.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Something a little different

I've been toying with the idea of doing something other than an American subject, or at least a foreign subject that did not see service in the states. This figure study will represent a Sergeant of the 18th de Ligne, 1809. The inspiration for this piece comes from the work of Detaille, Meissonier, and Keith Rocco. The figure was taken from a photo of a slender reenactor that has a physical build with a period look.

The figure with the grid
 it was drawn on erased.
I next had to decide on a background to set the figure against. In looking through several pictures of old farm buildings and small towns in France I settled on one that would not overpower the figure. Instead of drawing the buildings in the traditional manner I did it on the computer using Google SketchUp 7. This program allows you to do 3D models of buildings, vehicles what have you. What's also neat is you also have the option of giving your drawing cast shadows.

One of the challenges with this study is how to do the cast shadow for the figure so it matches that of the buildings. I colored the figure in with black using Photoshop and used that to create the cast shadow for the figure. This is not the traditional way to do this, but it does speed things up a bit.

Silhouette of the figure with it's cast shadow. It gives me a better
idea of how the shadow should look though I'll tweak it a bit.
The figure drawing set against the background. This will be traced and transferred to an 8" X 10" of Ampersand board.