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Chatting to the Clansman
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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2006 - 01:55 PM UTC
This month, in our pilot edition of the Historicus Forma Artist Q&A, we chat to Joe Hudson, from Missouri, USA.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!

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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2006 - 02:08 PM UTC
Thats a nice one for starters, and many cudos to both Rudi and Joe , for making it so good and fast !!!

Waiting for the next one guys!!!!!!

Have Fun

Costas
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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2006 - 02:38 PM UTC
Thanks Rudi and it is pleasure and honor to know Joe Hudson better now..very very nice
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Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2006 - 03:11 PM UTC
This is absolutely a great feature.
A pleasure to get to know Joe Hudson a little better.
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Posted: Monday, June 19, 2006 - 05:31 AM UTC
Hey guys,

I would like to say thank you very much and I would also like to say a BIG thank you to Rudi. He was a great help and it was quite an honor and a surprise that he would ask me. I feel this will be a really nice feature and it will help to make us a little more personal than just a few names just posted here or there. Agian thanks and I look forward to meeting others and if I can help anyone with what I do know please feel free to ask.

All the best,

Joe
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Posted: Monday, June 19, 2006 - 03:06 PM UTC
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
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Posted: Monday, June 19, 2006 - 08:49 PM UTC
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?
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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 02:53 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 04:53 AM UTC
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



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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 11:58 AM UTC
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 - :-) :-) :-) :-)
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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 12:20 PM UTC

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I knew I was going to get into trouble with that answer!!



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
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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 04:26 AM UTC
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





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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 04:27 AM UTC
Here are the last 2 pictures.

Joe



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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 09:32 PM UTC
Hmmm, interesting, Joe, interesting. Thanks for taking the trouble to explain. Look fwd to your SBS.
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Posted: Monday, July 24, 2006 - 01:48 AM UTC
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.

I´m looking forward to see your next projects, Joe.

Take care,
Markus