Friday, May 13, 2011

A little progress

After wiping off the face four or five times I'm moving on to Spayd's uniform. There are only two images of Henry Spayd that I've seen. The first is a wartime image of Spayd in uniform. The other is a three quarter portrait of Spayed as an aged veteran on a G.A.R (Grand Army of the Republic) medal. Getting Spayd's likeness is really important so I'll come back to it later when the task is a little more fresh. I did manage to get some paint on the frock and blanket roll. I'm going to darken the coat in a few places once the paint has dried for a few days.




Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Henry Spayd, 149th PVI color bock-in

This picture shows the basic colors blocked in. I want Spayd to look like he's standing in the open where there's a lot of sunlight. This painting is going to be 12 X 16, which will be my largest to date.




















Wednesday, May 4, 2011

33rd Foot done...almost

The painting is basically done. The only thing left is to put more highlights on the musket barrel. It's drying really slow. I think I'm going to start using Liquin to help accelerate drying. the reds turned okay though they could be a bit darker for an enlisted man.




The technical side of my painting continues. I found
studying how artists keith Rocco and Robert Griffing
helpful in getting the red coat to where it's at now.
highlighting red is a bit tricky, but that will come in
time.




A close up of the head.