Friday, May 13, 2011

The Making of Heavy Traffic on the Valley Pike


After having painted Jackson Commandeers the Railroad in 1998 and Iron Horses, Men of Steel in 2000, I have received many requests to do a third painting showing the final stage of the incredible thirty-eight mile overland trip up the Valley Pike from Martinsburg to Strasburg. -
Mort Künstler


Here is Mort's final sketch before he transfers it on to brown paper.



He uses brown paper so he can highlight with chalk the light effect.

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All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Knstler, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright 2001-2011. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.