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Lt. Col. William Washington

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by garyjd, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I've decided to go ahead and do another flat (relief). This one will be of Lt. Col. William Washington, another known American cavalry officer from the American Revolution. Like Lee, he will also be based on another of the Peale portraits.


    Charles Willson Peale probably painted the museum portrait of Washington sometime in 1783, after the subject’s release from British captivity following the evacuation of Charleston. In the painting, Washington wears the white uniform coat of the Third Continental Light dragoons. The Lieutenant Colonel sports the fashion of only one epaulette as the style of wearing saber belts over the right shoulder (rather than from the waist) then dictated.

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  2. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    A very attractive portrait Gary..
    And very much looking forward to seeing how he comes to life...it's a great face.

    All the best..Roy.
  3. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Gary,
    I like the "baby" face quality of this piece. I look forward to seeing you capture this quality. Keep us posted.

    Jay H.
    OKC
  4. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I've always liked Washington's portrait, and will also one day do a figure of him with a horse. The bust will be about the same size as Lee's but with a little less upper torso showing.~Gary
  5. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    gary,

    Great subject. Looking forward to your flat. But when painting, not the cheak so red as in the painting.

    Marc
  6. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Marc, I've seen the image on other sites on the net and the face is not so red.~Gary
  7. robbyk9 Active Member

    Hello Gary

    I am very gurious How you going to do the flat figure of this portrait. Are you going to show it whit a step by step. And do you paint it with acrylic or oils.
    You see alot of quistions but I look forward how your creation going to be.

    Greetings Dick ;)
  8. Stefano Borin New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    :eek: Gary
    This is a fantastic idea!!! :)


    Ciao Stefano
  9. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Stefano, Thank you.~Gary
  10. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    The first step is to tape a cutout of the bust to the back of the glass that I will be sculpting the relief on. I then roll out a sheet and carefully trim away the excess putty using the cutout as a guide.

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  11. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    The next step is to do a tracing of Washington and transfer it to the shape. I do this by taking a piece of clear plastic, from a sleeve for a binder. I trace the image with a permanent fine tip pen. This is then flipped over and placed on a white sheet of paper. A tracing of this reversed image is then done using regular tracing paper using a pencil. This tracing is placed on the putty "shape" and I scribble over the lines of the tracing. The lines are transfered to the putty, very much like a carbon paper. I then go over the transfered tracing with a fine point drawing pen and these are the results.

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  12. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Here's is where I'm at on the flat so far. Before adding additional material to give the piece relief I will carve as much of the piece as possible.

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  13. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Here's a close up. The one drawback to Aves putty is that little pieces crumble or flake when carving. I guess this is where mixing the putty properly is essential.

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  14. Markus Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Germany
    Hello Gary,

    that looks pretty interesting and I`m thinking about to give sculpting a flat a try - sometimes... ;)

    I´m looking forward to see your next steps.

    Cheers,
    Markus
  15. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    GO FOR IT! It is totally different than sculpting in the round.~Gary
  16. elvis A Fixture

    :lol: great idea and interessant work gary. i hope to see very soon the next step. ciao from Luca
  17. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Luca, Thank you very much. I hope to have more done soon.~Gary
  18. Roy New Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Yes Markus...definately have a shot...it makes a great change and an interesting challenge to say the least.

    Looking forward to seeing him take shape Gary..

    All the best...Roy.
  19. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Roy, thanks. I used a special X-acto blade that came in a multi pack of various blades. For some reason all the art/craft stores that stock X-acto products only stock the standard #11 blades which is not suitable for what I'm doing.~Gary
  20. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    He's comming along nicely Gary. I look forward to seeing the finished flat.

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