Here are some snippets of finished art from the comic I recently illustrated about the 54th MASS regiment. Frederick Douglass makes a “cameo” in the opening pages as he is recruited to recruit volunteers for the regiment.
The main character of the story is William Carney, a 23 year old volunteer who plays a crucial role in the attack on Fort Wagner in the climax of this historical retelling.
The young Colonel Shaw, at 26 also gets the spotlight in the book. I tried to draw him youthful in this portrait, but hardened. He’s seen a lot of death by this point. Things haven’t really changed much have they? Sending the kids off to do the dirty work … BUT ANYWAYlet’s not go there right now! Let’s talk about the anonymous paymaster that I based on Daniel Day Lewis:D This time he’s in full color! Sorry to pigeon hole Mr. Day Lewis, but have you heard?! He’ll get a chance to redeem himself from this disgraceful casting as the Paymaster when he plays Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming Spielberg production.
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