Wednesday, October 03, 2007

13th Alabama Infantry

Today was my first studio session with a member of the 13th Alabama Infantry.
Last year the Infantry elected me as their resident artist, an honour I haven't made much use of besides popping down to Washbrook Farm from time to time to sketch them while they train or take part in the country show.

Some of the Infantry members have agreed to model for some studio sessions and offered the possibility to loan a few of their 'props' if required for some still life works.
The members are very dedicated, uniforms and props are historically correct and my model today, Alan Blower, brought both with him for our session.

Time flew, as it always does in the studio. I was so upset that I had placed Alan too low on my paper in the first sketch, that I decided to sketch his boots separately.

I am looking forward to future sessions, I feel most fortunate to have these wonderful people model for me with their amazing costumes and uniforms.

A HUGE thankyou to Alan for his time and patience today.


Bonny said...

What an honour! I mean, these fellows are dedicated to the history and the preservation of it for future generations. I find this quite fascinating!

Your drawings are beautiful. What kind of media did you use? When I look at your drawings I keep thinking you used ink...?

Anita Davies said...

Thankyou Bonny.
They are extremely dedicated.
Yes, I did use ink, it's Noodler's red/black. Although the middle sketch was created with a black watercolour pencil.

Andrew Thornton said...

What a wonderful treat to be able to preserve a bit of history and do so with such talent. Nicely done as always.

Laurel Neustadter said...

Beautiful drawings!

Laureline said...

Lucky you!! And lucky them, to have you as their artist and chronicler! I delight in reading your delight ed tone and in seeing your excellent drawings.

phthaloblu said...

These are wonderful! Love those shoes. You've really caught the wear in them. We have friends who do revolutionary re-enactments. They've asked me to come down to their camp in March (brrr! Even for North Carolina climate) and do some sketching. Very intimidating as I know 2 of their members are professional painters who sell their huge paintings of revolutionary scenes. But, then again, maybe I'll learn something from them at the same time. These are truly wonderful.