Saturday, December 29, 2012

The end is near

As we approach the end of the year I thought to post some of the digital work I've done this year. While drawing and painting traditionally is still enjoyable, digital work adds another medium to choose from. Very tight line work lends itself well to doing uniform and equipment drawings.

Hopefully the new year will usher in a lot more work than what I've done this year to date.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A different kind of painting

The 150th commemorations of the Civil war are something I really wanted to take part in. So far I've refought (loosely) the 1st Battle of Bull Run as a member of the 11th NY, or 1st Fire Zouaves. A few weeks ago I marched with the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves at the 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Antietam. The years 1863-1865 (or 2013-2015) will see me largly serving in the ranks of the 146th New York volunteer Infantry. Our particpation in the 150th of the Battle of Gettysburg will see the 146th uniformed in zouave (more correctly Tirailleurs Algeriens: Algerian Sharpshooters) attire. A lot of research has gone into the reconstruction of these uniforms. With that being said we want to give equal attention to the regimental flags.

Currently I'm preparing the art that will become the full size stencils to paint the regimental flags. Since I've never painted on silk before I thought best to practice painting different elements of the flag first. The eagle of the regimental flag will be a fairly involved project. what makes it challenging is that I will have to paint this image twice. Stars are also a large part of both flags so I've painted several already with more to go. I just finished painting the eagle's head and will do a few more elements to get an idea of what's ahead of me.

The stars are really gold but photographed yellow for some reason.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

North Carolina Provincial, Fort Dobbs, 1756

I just finished another pencil drawing for the APG show. What next?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Charging Confederate

I Finished the drawing this morning. It will go into a 11 X 14 silver metal frame with a black mat. Now it's on to the next one.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Time left for a few drawings

I figured there to be enough time to get one, and possibly two new pencil drawings done for the show. The first is this charging Confederate soldier. It's drawn on white bristol board but photographed like ot was drawn on gray paper.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two more underpaintings done

Those these were a bit rushed they're finally done. Portrait numbers 3 and 4 close out the first installment of this series.

I need to tweak the position of one of the eyes as it looks
a bit off to me.

I know each shoulder looks different, but that's how
it looked in the photo...really.

Not sure what to say about this one. It's strange
how different something looks after you take a photo
or scan it.

Friday, January 13, 2012


I've decided to do all of the underpaintings for the first four portraits before painting. The cigar will give "mini" Portrait No 2 a little attitude. It's viewing images like this that make you wonder what these people must have been like in life. Next up will be the first female image.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Portrait No. 1

Here is the subject of portrait No. 1. Right away you can see why I want to paint this. The guy has a great face. After cropping the photo I made a drawing of it which was then transferred on to Ampersand Gessoboard.

An underpainting done with Burnt Umber acrylic paint to pick out all the patterns of lights and darks. The face looks a bit narrow here. When I took the photo the painting must have been at a slight angle. The close up looks a bit better.

What should I call this series?

I'm a huge fan of Daguerrotype and Ambrotype photographs. Early photography is the closest thing we'll ever have to a time machine. In addition to hundreds of Civil War photographs I've also downloaded hundreds of Photographs of civilian images. Studio photographs are not only comprised of the wealthy, but tradespeople and common laborers as well. These black and white images are deceiving as well. From the looks of them it's easy to think they were all or mostly clothed in drab boring colors. A while back I thought to do a series of miniature portraits based on early 19th century studio photographs. not only will these "mini" ( 6" X 6" ) portraits give me more practice, it might breathe a bit more life into what appear drab images, though they're far from that.

The four images above have been cropped to only include the head, shoulders, and possibly a hat or some other sort of head covering. After completing these additional portraits will be added between other projects. I'm mostly looking for great faces that have lots of character or clothing that does not appear that common in most photographs.

I'd like to give this series a name but have yet to come up with anything. Any thoughts?