At long last, an art trade between
and I has been fulfilled! We struck the deal in July, 2009 and he quickly responded with excellent work. Alas, I was off to the Virginia Military Institute for a summer class and then the start of the Fall semester. It has been a very trying and exciting journey as a Rat (Freshman) at VMI, a journey that has allowed me no time to sit down and draw.
I've been home for the past three weeks for Christmas furlough, and today, January 10, 2010, is the last day - I leave tomorrow! However, I will not return to The Institute without first upholding my end of the deal... I give you,
, my half of our art trade that has survived the test of time!
I used pen and ink to draw the ship's lines. For the antiqued version, I applied an old paper transparency layer (stock image provided by
) over the original lineart. For the colored version, I applied transparency to the lineart layer, added a white layer beneath it, and colored it via your standard digital painting tools. The program used to digitally enhance this piece is The Gimp 2.2
is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat in the world. Launched in 1797, Constitution
was one of the six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794. Joshua Humphreys designed these frigates to be the young Navy's capital ships, and so Constitution
and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed and built than the standard frigates of the period. Built in Boston, Massachusetts at Edmund Hartt's shipyard, her first duties with the newly formed United States Navy were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War.Constitution
is most famous for her actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guerriere
. The battle with Guerriere
earned her the nickname of "Old Ironsides
" and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She continued to actively serve the nation as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons and circled the world in the 1840s. During the American Civil War she served as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy and carried artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878. Retired from active service in 1881, she served as a receiving ship until designated a museum ship in 1907. In 1931 she started a three year 90-port tour of the nation and in 1997 she finally sailed again under her own power for her 200th birthday.Constitution's
mission today is to promote understanding of the Navys role in war and peace through educational outreach, historic demonstration, and active participation in public events. As a fully commissioned US Navy ship, her crew of 60 officers and sailors participate in ceremonies, educational programs and special events while keeping the ship open to visitors year-round and providing free tours. The officers and crew are all active-duty US Navy personnel and the assignment is considered special duty in the Navy. Traditionally, command of the vessel is assigned to a Navy Commander.
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