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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.