There was a Roman re-enactment at Dover Castle in the first week of August – Clash of the Romans – with two teams taking part in a show of strength and skill.
What better to paint for Illustration Friday’s History than a first century AD Roman Legionary?
I decided to paint in casein, a milk protein based paint. Above you can see an early stage with just a very rough sketch and some Burnt Sienna tones.
The painting is A4 size, in my ‘Turner & The Sea‘ Cold Press Watercolour Pad.
At this later stage I’ve filled in the green for the grass (cadmium yellow and pthalo blue); the sky (phtalo blue and titanium white); the greys of their uniforms (ultramarine blue, burnt umber, titanium white); the reds of their skirts and shields (cadmium red scarlet); the spears (burnt sienna, burnt umber, ultramarine blue).
The first stages were painted with fairly thin washes. Once I had everything established I went in with thicker creamier paint of the same colours. I then tidied up some of the edges with coloured pencils, the dark design edgings on the main shield have also been done in coloured pencil.