This set of pictures shows my working practice for part of my new set of Hastings Stamps. This picture  represents how I think the Coronation of William the First might have looked in the Saxon Westminster Abbey.
There are two Bishop’s depicted, the Archbishop of York, Aldred, who performed the ceremony (after Stigand the Archbishop of Canterbury had refused) and Geoffrey, Bishop of Coutances who translated into Norman French. The other figures are William’s bodyguard, who I am assuming would be there – William went to the Coronation expecting trouble and had a large retinue of armed men. Who seemed to be pretty edgy, as when a cheer went up for the new King, mistook it for a cry of alarm and started attacking onlookers and firing the nearby houses.

I have drawn out the scene on tracing paper and I am now ‘pushing it through’ using homemade charcoal paper onto acrylic paper that I have stretched onto MDF board. This is then given a light coat of gesso.

Gesso

Gesso base

Acrylic Base Layer

Acrylic Base Layer

Finished Acrylic Base

Finished Acrylic Base

I then go over the image with a rough coat using acrylic paint, before starting to paint with oils as a top layer.
Starting Oil Layer

Working from left to right with the Oil Layer

And here’s the finished image on the Presentation Pack for Guernsey Post.
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