View Full Version : For Trumper - a WIP walkthrough

Russell Smith
11-07-2015, 08:04 AM
Hi Trumper, you asked me for a WIP post a few weeks back. I just redesigned my entire website, which includes a more up-to-date "how its done" section. Rather than repost and reformat what I've already put on my site, I'll just point you in that direction: http://russellsmithart.com/dataviewer.asp?keyvalue=26019&page=Pages

Russ :wink2:

11-07-2015, 08:38 AM
Very well explanation kept in layman's terms :)

So what have you on the easel at the moment Russell ?

Russell Smith
11-07-2015, 09:16 AM
Thanks Gollum. I have several projects that are in various stages, but at the immediate moment my priority is on two, both of which I have just completed the pencil studies for:

The first is a pencil study for a commission which will depict a 1914 encounter above Tsingtao, China between Gunter Plüschow flying a Rumpler Taube and a Japanese flown Farman. This encounter resulted in Plüschow shooting down the Farman and being credited with the first official aerial victory in the Pacific.


The second is a pencil study for a non-commissioned painting depicting William Barker's victory over an Austrian scout near the Piave River in Italy on Sept. 18, 1918. The victim was Sergeant Ludwig Thaler of Flik 14D. As Thaler's Albatros began to burn he bailed out and deployed his parachute, a device which had only recently been introduced into the Austrian squadrons. The sight of the Austrian pilot floating safely to Earth helped to convince Barker that parachutes should be necessary equipment for all pilots.


11-07-2015, 01:56 PM
Both are really good ... but the first (top) one with the way you handle light through canvas will be just awesome

If you don't post the finished paintings here you will be in deep trouble :evil: :D

11-07-2015, 02:35 PM
Hi Russell,
Thats fantastic both the link to your website and the artwork shown on this thread.Thank you very much ,i hope others will enjoy reading it all as well.We have alot of people on here will to help and advise and it is all appreciated ,certainly by me.I look forward to some time to have a really good read through.
Thank you again :)

11-20-2015, 09:39 AM
Russell, excellent website and i'm learning a lot from your how-to pages, thanks for putting them up there, i can imagine it takes a huge amount of time to put something like that together.

11-20-2015, 10:02 AM
Pencil studies? These are finished works in their own right! Keep em coming.