Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Civil War Artillerymen

Route Step in Garrison
8" x 7"
Charcoal & Pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes
Casey Klahn

This now qualifies as my return to the figure, and as a project. I'll name it the Civil War Project. The guy on the left of the image makes a great model, as he is a big statured guy with large hands.

Today, at The Colorist, I posted about the Civil War artist Alfred Waud. Follow the links there to find some artist reenactors who are active back east.

The drawing is not quite this severe in respects to contrast, as this is a scanned image.


Lindsay said...

Casey, I'm crazy about the whole project. I just looked over all your recent posts and I love them. I'm wanting to do more plein air work too and simple is better! Your quick sketches have so much life in them. I'[m looking forward to more!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks for favoring this project, Lindsay. I certainly have the passion for it.

It's funny, since I'm a big history and military history fan, but this project is as much about the figure and plein air as anything else.

The challenge is to keep the life in the finished drawing, isn't it?
One thing I note about the two canooneers is the garrison environment is calm compared to the battlefield.

More to come!