Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Making of "The Strangest Race"

The summer of 1862 witnessed one of the most unusual skirmishes of the entire American Civil War.

Confederate cavalry commander Jeb Stuart received information that there were 5,000 Union soldiers guarding a nearby depot and decided to attack. As the sun rose the following day, Stuart’s troopers arrived at the location, only to find that the enemy had already departed.


The only preliminary sketch Mort did for this painting.



As always, Mort draws his final composition on brown paper so he can highlight with chalk where the lighting effect will take place.


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