About the digital painting
First of all things: I need your help! If you see something I could improve, please be sure I would love to ear it from you. It could be anything. To do this digital painting, I used Photoshop, many hours of patience, and some new techniques, at least for me. I tried to put some textures on it, some dust everywhere, trying anything to give you a more vivid picture. I’m not an expert in this, but it’s a start, others will follow. I also think I’ve made some improvements in rendering muscles :)
I’m not satisfied with my speed of painting, I’m way too slow (but’s it’s improving…). Something is also wrong in general about this image, but I don’t really know what, and that’s why I need you! Is it the composition? Is it the colors? Or maybe the texturing, not enough present? What do you think?
Exercitatio – The painting
A bit of History: Ancient Roman legionaries were excellently trained. It was their duty to train everyday, and they knew why: their lives depend on it. With this new picture, I wanted to show a young legionary, after his probatio, starting to train, under the supervision of the doctore (a military officer in charge of the training). The training was, above all for a beginner, the marching. They would march heavily loaded with their packs for miles and miles and miles… This would give them endurance and discipline. But they would train also to swim, run, jump, to do heavy tasks and so on, everything to be in shape.
Romans legionaries trained, of course, also the combat techniques: in my picture, you can see that the young legionary is using a rudis, a fake sword made of wood, but much more heavier than a regular metal gladius. He is also using a wicker shield (for an artist, it’s an horrible thing to draw…). Those fake weapons are difficult to use, but they are not lethal, unlike the real ones. If the beginners could use those, it would be a lot simpler to use their real gear in combat.
I don’t know if they used their lorica (armor) during the training or if they had another type of heavy armor specially for training like the rudis…
I hope you’ll like it, I’m still improving! Outside of my home, I can ear an heavy thunder, preventing me to post this on the Internet… is it a bad omen? :(