Illustration – Glass Aftermath

  • 08/07/2016


150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration

This one took way too long to produce; only 40 hours production time but a myriad of things got in the way; work trips, daughter’s marriage, son into U.S. Army, visiting grandchildren, photography trips, other illustrations, life in general, etc.

The Gettysburg Series is being carried on throughout all other life pursuits.  Why?  Because it is about Gettysburg – the Civil War Battle that rivets mankind.  I have been focused on Gettysburg since small childhood.  That is why I became a Battlefield Illustrator-Reenactor for the 150th Gettysburg – and have intimate knowledge of the battlefield – and so does my reenacting wife.

While participating at the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment the battle “came alive” so to speak – not only because of what we experienced – but because of my combat experience… You can imagine how it seemed to me when I heard the sound of 100’s of muskets firing around me at the height of Pickett’s Charge… …memories… …feelings… …history…

All good.

“Glass Aftermath” was certainly an artistic labor of love and yields a very “different” point of view.  Experience with photography had influence.  I wrestled with it; trying to decide how far to go, what to show, and what anything might mean to others.  In the end I just “got it out the door”.

About the history behind the drawing:

The defeated Confederate Army Of Northern Virginia beyond Seminary Ridge is viewed from the cupola of the Lutheran Seminary through a Union Signal Telescope in the early evening of July 3, 1863.  Hence the name:  “Glass Aftermath”.  The illustration was “built” from on-location reenactment sketches and photos posted in our other galleries on this website, as well as historical images.  Union Cavalry General Buford had been in this very cupola with binoculars looking at the Confederate advance on the outset of the battle on July 1st.

The furled Stars And Bars on stacked rifles with fixed bayonets, exhausted and wounded Confederate Soldiers, field surgeons at work, hasty encampments, and pending rain all contribute to the feel of this somber after-battle moment.  Pickett’s Charge and the three-day Confederate effort had failed.  The soldiers are dirty; faces grimed with powder from the constant use of firearms; uniforms worn and in disarray.  Blood-soaked bandages, bare feet, removed boots, and a scattering of equipment help portray what surely was a hard moment to bear.  Interspersed throughout the sketch-like illustration are lens flares stemming from the western view into the setting sun; the interior of the telescope providing vignetting.

Wiley Studio does what it does; providing alternate visions; some hold them to be thought-provoking… …and time may tell.

“Glass Aftermath” can be viewed or purchased  at Wiley Studio

Time Of Execution:  40 Hours

Technique / Media:  Contour Line Graphite, Prismacolor and Ink on Illustration Board

Size:  12” x 18”

Enjoy All!