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Old 09-03-2007, 11:16 PM
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Hi, all!

Started a new one which, for lack of a better name, I'll call "Mountain Man". Probably not the final name as that handle has been used on quite a few paintings by other people. Maybe "Buckskin Joe"? I dunno. I'll think about it a bit. I'm doing this one as a kind of quasi-sepia. Limited tones of black, white and tan in the style of an old tin-type.

Here's the reference photo I shot, with a bit of vignette just as a point of departure for the concept. I'll be adding a rather cheesy hanging drape typical of the old photos of that time period:



Here's the background laid in:



And here it is with the basic shape and tan base color laid in:



After this dries, I'll pencil in the details.

Later!

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PS: There are some funky blue-tones in these photos that are not in the actual painting. I didn't have time to do much filtering in Photoshop before posting. Sorry. I'll try to do better on the next round.

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Wonderful! Looking forward to this one.
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Hiya Roger,

Nice start..'cept for 1 thing..That rifle will be an eye catcher..It's a toy or it looks like one..the lower end is ok but the upper is off for the period..looks like a pellet gun..should be a hex barrel or round but over an inch across the flats and carry a ramrod underneath it...try googling a "Plains Rifle" and I'm sure you'll find an easy fix..
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I can't wait to watch this unfold!!
How in the world do you get these people to pose for you, and where do you get the props!? Enquiring minds want to know, LOL!
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I will be watching this one. I love the way you have started the background. Jan
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Hiya Roger,

Nice start..'cept for 1 thing..That rifle will be an eye catcher..It's a toy or it looks like one..the lower end is ok but the upper is off for the period..looks like a pellet gun..should be a hex barrel or round but over an inch across the flats and carry a ramrod underneath it...try googling a "Plains Rifle" and I'm sure you'll find an easy fix..
Hope you don't mind my comment.

You have a sharp eye. This was just a prop gun for the guy to hold. I didn't have an actual Hawkins rifle available, so I figured I would just graft the end of a Hawkins rifle onto the existing stock during the final painting stages. Here is what it should look like:



This elongates the rifle a bit, compared to an actual Hawkins rifle, but I like the effect of the longer barrel. As you say, the stock is pretty generic and will match okay but I'll probably get rid the painted-on scrollwork on the base.

I'm glad you brought this up because I meant to change the outline to the Hawkins barrel and I forgot and just used the original prop gun barrel. Yikes! That could have been messy!

Thanks!

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I can't wait to watch this unfold!!
How in the world do you get these people to pose for you, and where do you get the props!? Enquiring minds want to know, LOL!

I order costumes from Frankels Costume shop in Houston and have them shipped out to Utopia, if I can't find what I need locally. I exclusively use local townsfolk around Utopia. Initially it was kind of tricky getting local people to pose but word has got around and now everyone wants to be in a painting. I am hoping that, eventually, our gallery will be an interesting record of the local population.

A previous painting, "Waitin' on the Coffee" had the local telephone repair man:

http://www.rogerevans.tv/coffee_big.html

"Mountain Man" is his boss that decided he wanted to be in a painting, too.

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Can't wait to watch you at work again. I love the idea of local folks posing for you. How fun!
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great start and excellent process .... will be watching !! ... eagerly !!
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Interesting subject Rodger, its always a pleasure to see your work progress
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You got the stuff Roger!!!
I think my husband would flip if I asked the repair guy to pose for me, lol!
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Enjoying all of this, Roger.
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Good to see more of your neighbors Roger.If this guy turns out as good as the coffee man he'll be proud!!!
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Re: WIP: Mountain Man

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I exclusively use local townsfolk around Utopia. Initially it was kind of tricky getting local people to pose but word has got around and now everyone wants to be in a painting. I am hoping that, eventually, our gallery will be an interesting record of the local population.
Now that is a brilliant idea. May have to give that some thought myself.

Lookin' forward to seeing this one unfold too, of course.
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I'll be watching as well, Roger. I love that you're going for the old-time photo look in both set-up and finished painting. It will be both fun and interesting to see it develop.

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