For months, I did research on the project. My main source was Rebecca Yamin's Book Rediscovering Raritan Landing: An Adventure in New Jersey Archaeology. You can view it here. I read it a few times, and really studied it for important details I would need for my illustrations later. With both the book and the [above linked] website, I was able to piece together the layout of the town and how it would have functioned. This map in the book was also a great help:
|This is the image that greets you in Yamin's book in the Prologue|
Later, I would also use the internet to search for smaller details (like what the uniform of a British soldier would look like if he was in the 35th Regiment of Foot).
About a year ago, once all the details about the project were approved, I began drawing. I won't release all the art until the exhibit is out, but I'll leave you with a few "thumbnail-to-sketch-to-finish" examples until then.
|These are the thumbnails for the Tavern scene. I needed to get a lot of information in one illustration, and I wanted to make sure that it was accurate. I did a LOT of research to get this scene right.|
|This is the sketch we ended up going with.|
|And the final! Ta-dahhhh!|
More to come on this project!