First, here's what the cover of my little sketch journal looks like. The newsprint is actually a paper gift bag from Hagley Museum. Next time I visit that place I should probably ask for a few extra gift bags. I just love the old advertisements.
Above, the title page. This is hand-lettered. I know my letter spacing isn't perfect, it gets crowded near the end of the page, but it looks like I'm trying to mimic typeset and printed letters, which I am.
Above, two new sketches. Those are the best people you will ever see me draw. I had to use a photo for a reference, it was a firing line of one of the New York infantries from 1st Manassas. They wore the bright red fireman shirts with the shield-shaped "plastron" beneath the collar, visible on the man standing second from the right. Below, my accouterments as arranged on the floor of a house where I spent the night.
Most of my sketches made on-site will be of everyday objects used in camp, or maybe unusual tent configurations. I'm not one of those sketch artists that can quickly scribble out a battle unfolding in front of me, I also can't draw people or animals without a photo reference. But still, it gives me a way to challenge myself and work on my neglected pencil drawing skills. I'm trying to avoid anything in the drawings that would make them look inappropriate to the 1860s period.
There will be many more to come!