Accuracy needs to be considered carefully when illustrating a subject that has a historical purpose but the overall feel of the painting can become dull and lifeless if the composition is neglected. I enjoy sketching on watercolour paper, it stops me from getting too tight with the detail at the early stages. Often I can loose the composition of the overall painting if I get tied up trying to get a particular piece of armour accurate and by using a paper that is textured I can rely on the tonal qualities to represent certain areas. Each image is A3 size so the main characters are around 4 inches high.
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Sir John D'Aubernoun d1327
The sketch above of Sir John D'Aubernoun uses very loose marks to describe the figures in the background. in truth it is the brain that fills in the details
Sir John de Creke d1325
The sketch of Sir John de Creke uses flat diagonal lines to describe the figures and hills in the background thus pushing the two main figures into the foreground.
Below. Sir John Bettesthorne d1398 in France with Edward III
Below. Edward III
Below. Thomas Camoys d1419-21 Commander of the rearguard on Henry V's left at Agincourt.
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Below. Richard Quartremaynes d1477
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