Dabbling with dappling: part 3
Posted by Martin on August 9, 2007
Since I’m about to set off on my Summer hols, I thought I’d leave you with a photo of the latest work on good old General Borstell and is trusty steed. The general has a painted face and cap now plus I’ve been doing work on his saddlecloth. The problem with Peter F’s sculpts being so good is that if he’s sculpted it on a figure, I feel obliged to paint it. Prussian generals’ bearskin saddlecloths have four stars on them. Peter’s sculpted them, so I’ve had to paint them. It took a couple of attempts before I was happy.
On another day (when I’ve got more time) I think I could easily devote a whole posting to these pesky little stars. I can tell you that I spent an evening scratching my head after I decided that my first attempt just wasn’t good enough. It took study of several pictures, a change of palette and a switch to a different painting technique to achieve what you see here. And there’s no guarantee that, when I get back from holiday, I might decide that they need doing again. So feedback appreciated to give me a view. I’m meeting up with master painter David Imrie next week, so maybe I’ll ask what he reckons.