Wednesday, 24 September 2014

More of my Sketches for forthcoming book 'Knights of Brass and Stone'

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 
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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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Sunday, 7 September 2014

My Line drawings

My line drawings are usually descriptive. I find that they are useful for me to get a sense of the shape that the armour has and help me to formulate the image in the round. 

I usually begin with a simple sketch in pencil to obtain the shape and when I am happy with it I erase any unwanted lines and use a Dip-pen and Indian ink to re draw the image. 

The line drawings often seem flat and can loose cohesion when using just one thickness of line, so I will often use the pen in such a way that the outlines of certain objects are thicker. This is done by simply pressing harder on the pen.

Many of my line drawings show the form of a particular type or part of an armour.

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Early 15th century Harness                                                                   14th century Coat of plates

16th century Harness                                                                    Elizabethan leg protection

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Friday, 5 September 2014

The History of Armour 1100-1700

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My Artwork for Knights of Brass and Stone

Knights of Brass and Stone will look at the lives and armour of character's that are depicted on Monumental Brasses. I will be working on many illustrations some of which you will see here and in other posts on this site.

The oil painting I have been working on below is of a typical Elizabethan Harness. This is painted in Oils on canvas and is loosely based on the portrait of  ROBERT DEVEREUX (1566-1601), 2ND EARL OF ESSEX

Above. Detail of Essex painting

Above. Marker pens. 16th c close helm

Above. Oil painting 16th century vanitas

Above. Oil painting of a 16th c Close helm

 The painting below which is a Watercolour on Board depicts Richard III's charge at Bosworth field but it is the knight to the right in the forground who is in my book, William Catesby. He is depicted in armour that can be seen on his Brass in Ashby St Ledgers. William fought with Richard at Bosworth but was captured and executed three days after the battle. The poem 'The Catte the Ratte and Lovell our Dogge rulyth all England under a hogge, was coined by William Collingbourne in 1485. The Catte being Catesby.
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Above. Richard III left and Catesby right. Both wearing a tabard displaying their coat of arms

Left. watercolour showing 14th c armour

Illustration of Sir Miles Stapleton 1364 as he is depicted on his brass in Ingham Norfolk'
He wears stud and splint armour.

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Above. sketches for future paintings.
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