Here is the latest illustration I am doing for a series on the American Revolution in South Carolina. It's for a book that is going to be published by my mom and dad's small press. It's supposed to be a picture book for young students--like third graders. They're going to pay me which is cool and I really dig the subject matter. It just means I have to put all the other stuff I'm doing on hold for awhile.
This illustration is of a colonial partisan--or the 18th century equivilent of a guerilla fighter. The illustrations in this piece have to be more graphic looking so that we are able to highlight certain aspects of the illustration for pedagogical purposes... You'll notice certain touches like the wrapped flintlock which keeps the moisture and elements off the locks and prevents them from misfiring. Also, he isn't wearing a uniform because militia units were a voluntary force that fought in homespun and generally returned to their homes and farms after the battle was over.