Selected poster designs & pages from the new book — & the primary source images that inspired ’em!
↓ BELOW, LEFT: Primary source images from eyewitness artists.
↓ BELOW, RIGHT: Click through to see how I created each “original” poster image.
Jonas Bacon on Picket Duty (New Year’s Day)
This video shows the creation of the opening 2-page spread for Vol. 3!
Eastman Johnson’s “A Ride for Liberty”
Harriet Jacobs @ Alexandria Freedmen’s School:
Harriet Jacobs teaching (with Sarah Low visiting) in the “Jacobs Free School” @ Alexandria, Virginia.
This work is PATRON-POWERED!
Winslow Homer @ The Wilderness:
^ Winslow Homer’s “Skirmish in the Wilderness” (1864)
Homer seems to be reaching here for a new style to express the confusion & terror of the Battle of the Wilderness. (It almost looks like 20th century abstract expressionism!)
This was the very first full-color artwork I drew for Vol. 3. Colby can’t see anything in the thick woods…
Alfred Waud’s Wild Fires (5 May 1864)
This became the front cover artwork for Vol. 3. // More about the scene >>
Rebels Surrendering @ the Wilderness:
Volleys @ the Wilderness (6 May 1864):
^ “Genl. Wadsworths division in action in the Wilderness...“ (Alfred Waud / 5-7 May 1864) [LOC.gov] >>
Field Hospital @ the Wilderness:
Sleeping on Their Arms (6 May 1864):
Technically this isn’t a “poster” — It’s a 2-page spread from the 2nd half of Vol. 3. If we ever color it, it’ll be a lot of deep dark blue.
Charging @ Spottsylvania Court House (12 May 1864):
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