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Historicus Forma Artist Q&A
The Historicus Forma (HFModeling.com) Artist Q&A is a monthly feature. Its an interview with artists of the historical figure modelling world. These artists may include sculptors and painters; commercial and private modellers; well-known and lesser-known artists. Whoever they may be, the artists featured in Historicus Formas Artist Q&A are highly respected members of our global community; people who have greatly influenced our world in their own way. As we honour these artists with this humble Q&A and photo feature, they honour us by sharing a piece of their world.

This month, in our pilot edition of the Historicus Forma Artist Q&A, we chat to Joe Hudson, from Missouri, USA.

About me

I am 43 years old and will be turning 44 on 7th of July. I have been happily married for five years and am a stay-at-home Dad to two wonderful boys, Ethan (4) and Brody (3).

I got into figure painting after a serious motorcycle accident over 15 years ago. The accident left me with a serious leg injury that required many months and many long hours of rehab. It was during this long rehab that I needed an outlet and figure painting fit the bill perfectly.

In addition to figure painting, I enjoy watching movies and collecting football cards for my sons. I also like to golf with my wife whenever time permits, hopefully more now that the boys are getting older. Recently, I have also started to sketch and paint watercolors.

Being a stay-at-home Dad allows me to take advantage of my hobby while my boys take their afternoon nap. This allows me to get a head start on my painting in the afternoon which I usually continue in the late evening after the family has gone to bed.

About the Author

About Rudi Richardson (Tarok)

I'm a former Managing Editor of the Historicus Forma historical figure modelling website. While my modelling and history interests are diverse, my main figure modelling focus lies in Sci-Fi, Pop-Culture, Fantasy, Roman and WW2 German subjects. I'm a firm believer that armour and vehicles accessorise...


Thanks Rudi for this feature on Joe Hudson.It was great to read and get to know Joe better.Many thanks Joe for sharing your thoughts,and always a pleasure to see your work.Kind regards John
JUN 19, 2006 - 03:06 PM
Thanks, Rudi & Joe for that great feature. Very interesting. Joe, I've a question: I understand your aversion to drybrushing (I've heard others voice similar thoughts), but do you feel it has absolutely no place in figure painting? What I mean is, you obviously feel you can achieve better results with blending and shading to depict tone on skin and clothes. But what about trying to depict dust on boots or wear on leather belts, etc?
JUN 19, 2006 - 08:49 PM
Thanks for the feature Joe, its quite interesting hearing and getting to know a little bit more about the people whose names appear so often on figure forums. I really like what you have done with tartans, one of the more difficult pieces of clothing to master but you make it look easy. one question for you - if you were to reccommend one show in the USA to visit which one would it be? best wishes Steve
JUN 20, 2006 - 02:53 AM
Hey John, The feelings are mutual! I really get motivated after seeing your work and I look forward to seeing more of it in the near future. Hey David, I knew I was going to get into trouble with that answer!! :-) I think I can, me, get better results without the dry brushing and almost all the figure painters that I know do not do it. The only time they may and that includes me is to just lightly and I mean lightly do some on groundwork. I may use it to add some highlights to the top of grass and rock but to a minimal. I am including a few pictures of what I have been able to achieve just using layers/glazes/washes. Whatever you want to call them. Steve, Thanks ever so much for the kind words and I think you should give it a try and you may surprise yourself. I can remember calling Chuck at the Red Lancers and asking what was new that did not have a tartan and now it is the opposite! Without a doubt I would come to the MFCA show as the first one and then Chicago. Joe no dust dust
JUN 20, 2006 - 04:53 AM
Joe a lovely piece and it is very interesting to see where you are coming from. I still use a very minimal use of dry brushing technique when I am doing the dusting on edges of cuffs and knees but am also using more and more washes, highlighting- as I have always used acylics since introduced to them in the 80's Give the 2 boys a big hug and tickle for me but can't agree with your love of Golf - :-) :-) :-) :-) Ian
JUN 20, 2006 - 11:58 AM
Not at all, Joe :-) I understand that drybrushing isn't always realistic, but I haven't been entirely successful in finding acceptable alternatives. I'm, of course, in no way the expert you are, but I've minimised the drybrushing, and now only use it to depict scuffing, highlight texture on hair, and wear on clothes. Thanks for the reply. Guess I need to practice more
JUN 20, 2006 - 12:20 PM
Hey David, I am no way an expert, far, far from it! :-) I too used to just dry brush say the hair but what I have found now is to paint it like you would anything else. Paint it like the shape it is and then go in and used little tick strokes. What I mean is just hold the end of a brush and let the bristles do all the work, just kind of make random stokes using different colors from the base and add highlights to the base color. Sorry if this is sounding crazy. All the shadow work will be done when you just do the base coat highlight and shadows. If your strokes get to wild or bright you can add some glazes/washes of the 1st shadow mix. I am including a few pictures to show some of the steps. I am going to do a sbs in the very near future on just painting a 70 mm head and will try to include the hair in it as well. I hope this helps. Joe
JUN 22, 2006 - 04:26 AM
Here are the last 2 pictures. Joe
JUN 22, 2006 - 04:27 AM
Hmmm, interesting, Joe, interesting. Thanks for taking the trouble to explain. Look fwd to your SBS.
JUN 22, 2006 - 09:32 PM
Hello Rudi and Joe, that is a very nice article. I enjoyed it very much !!! Now I have the feeling to know Joe a little bit. And I take my head for this very very talented artist !!! I also found something very interseting: The motorcycle accident...it remebers me to Bob Ross...he always spoke about "happy accidents"...I think Joes`s accident was such one...because this was his entry into the figure modelling...I hope Joe will not misunderstand my thoughts. Im looking forward to see your next projects, Joe. Take care, Markus
JUL 24, 2006 - 01:48 AM