I gave this particular figure a little more "pop" than the typical pieces I do. The tile work went easier than I thought. I drew a grid pattern, then gently went over the lines with an Exacto knife. This etching gave the brush tip a stopping point. As for the painted background, I wanted something that would help set the figure off. Ruyter, being a pretty big name in his day, needed something to tell his story or give the viewer an idea of what he's about. More on the ship later.
I live in the small town of Bath, Michigan with my wife and children.
I have been modeling figures for 25 plus years. Since I was a kid, I've always been fascinated by military uniforms of the past and soldier material culture. This then led me to express my interest through modeling figures from many time periods and scales.