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October 2017 Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

The reference this month is from the 22nd September WDE poste by lisilk. It is the Fife and Drum band parade at Willimsburg. I gave it to my class last week and painted the Fife player in the 2 hour class. I just finished touching up the cords etc with gouache.

Here's the full reference photo, you can paint all or part of the photo.
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Here's my Fifie player:


After contacting Li, I now know there is a drummer behind the fife player and I have painted part of his coat

I hope you like the challenge. I used a quarter sheet of Saunders Waterford 200lb rough and napthol red for the coat.

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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

Doug, Now here's another interesting subject to take me out of my comfort zone but I really like how yours came out.
Will you be adding more soldiers to it?
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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

I don't see part of the drummer's coat? The blue on the left seems to be the inner facings of the fife player's coat, and they all seem to be made that way.
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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

I won't be adding more soldiers, I was confused by the presence of the drum and lisilk confirmed there was a drummer behind, so the drum belongs to him. The tail of the Fife player's tunic is straight if you look closely and I have added some red from the drummer behind in error.

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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

What a lovely bright subject. I missed last months challenge but hopefully will find time to tackle this one. I like your take on the photo Doug,it works well.
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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

Thanks, Sandie, I really liked this one and didn't want to spoil it by adding more.

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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

Quite the challenge! Bravo, you certainly captured his image, color, shadow, (maybe a bit more under his arm?) Wise move to stick with one player. I may tackle this after I finish with my leaves and trees...lots of color here for a change of pace.
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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

Lovely work, Doug! What red did you use, and what did you do for the shadows in the red? They look great.

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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

I left the red parts of the coat until the very last thing after everything else was dry. I then painted the shadows first with a mix of ultramarine, burnt sienna and a touch of permanent rose making a dulled purple. When completely dry I painted a flat wash over the whole coat and shadows with napthol red, a very powerful transparent red.

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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

Well, here's my beginner's attempt:



The reference is quite complex and different from my usual subjects, but I learned a few things.

Thank you for the challenge!
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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

Congratulations Traci for tackling a very complicated reference. Plenty of movement there.

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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

Doug, I like how you painted the soldier, very nice.
Like you I only did the one figure in front since I didn't want to attempt all the others next to him. Thanks for this challenge.
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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

Nice work Lil, must look at my reference again, I missed the rebbons on the hat.

I have to choose references that I can draw and paint in a two hour class demo, so I chose to paint a single figure.

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I left the red parts of the coat until the very last thing after everything else was dry. I then painted the shadows first with a mix of ultramarine, burnt sienna and a touch of permanent rose making a dulled purple. When completely dry I painted a flat wash over the whole coat and shadows with napthol red, a very powerful transparent red.

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Thanks Doug. Naphthol Red is a paint that I haven't tried yet! I use cad red - your technique of painting in the shadows first may not work with cad red. Too opaque !

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Re: October Watercolor Challenge - Williamsburg Fife and Drum Band

Just seen a TV programme where they explained why the cap brim is turned up like that. Apparently, the flintlock rifles they used were unwieldy and to avoid catching the cap they turned up the brim.

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