Title to be released once complete
"This image is in the process of being created. Firstly, the image
was drawn onto a canvas stretcher, gessoed with a tinted acrylic gesso
using raw sienna and then the sky was blocked in.
I wasn't happy with the colour of the sky so I applied a wash of
titanium white to give it a gradiated tone. With skies, the colour of
the sky will change the closer you get to the horizon. This is because
of the amount of particulates in the air such as dust, etc, that warps
the colour. Usually, the colour will get lighter and/or dirtier.
The wash still didn't look right so I kept experimenting until I
got a reasonable approximation to the colour I wanted. I did the
same with the background. Then it was time to get stuck into the face.
With portraits, I feel it's important to tackle the face first.
It's no use doing a fantastic scene and background only to have the
whole effect ruined by not being able to correctly render the face
which, after all, is the most important part of a portrait.
Once I was satisfied that the face was reasonable, I then started
the ancillary parts of the painting starting with the helmet and radio
headset. Accuracy is everything when it comes to war art, I believe, so
it was imperative that the technical detail was - and is - correct.
Independent Productions and Aviation Services
is the website of Conway Bown, Australian Army Official War Artist and Aviation
Consultant. Services include portrait painting and other portraiture, aviation
services such as CRM - Crew Resource Management - and Helicopter Underwater
Escape Training - HUET - which may include Emergency Breathing Systems - EBS -
training using Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Devices - HABD - or Helicopter
Emergency Egress Device - HEEDs.
During 2006, Conway Bown deployed to the
Middle East as the Australian Army's Official War Artist, what the US Armed
Forces call Combat Artist. This website features the artwork created during this
project as part of the Australian Army's Official Art Scheme.
For more information on War Art, Combat
Artists, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Emergency Breathing
Systems (EBS) or Crew Resource Management (CRM), please visit the relevant
HUET - RHO Aviation
CRM - RHO Aviation
EBS - RHO Aviation
Official War Artist - IPAS.