Wednesday, September 19, 2012

War Photographer-Vietnam War, 1971

This bust is modeled after an image of famed Vietnam War photojournalist, Larry Burrows (1926-1971). Burrows captured many popular images of the war, from 1962 till his death. He and three fellow photographers were killed when their helicopter was shot down over Loas, covering Operation Lam Son 719 in February, 1971. The bust is a monster at 1/10 scale, and is offered through LIFE MINIATURES. I was commissioned to paint him black and white. It's painted with acrylics. I used pretty much the same palette that was used in my Airborne figure earlier this year. The construction of eyeglasses was a bit intimidating at first, but really wasn't as hard as one would think. It took a lot of "eye-balling" and checking of proportions, but a fairly quick project. I simply used clear plastic card and carefully carved out the lenses. Built up putty to make the frame and re-sculpted the hair around the ears. I hope I did this beautiful bust justice.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

French Hussar 1790's Painted!

I really like how this one turned out overall. From pose to paint, this has to be one of my favorite projects. I used HISTORIE & COLLECTIONS book FRENCH HUSSARS 1. From the "Ancien Regime" to the Empire. Painted with acrylics. You'll notice the mane and tail are mad from frayed embroidery thread. A trick I got from Greg DiFranco. Time consuming, but impressive when finished. I'll do an SBS on a future project using this material/medium.

Big ol' pile of heads and armatures for the St. Privat project.