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Battle of Monte Cassino by Lueb-Art Battle of Monte Cassino by Lueb-Art
This is a rework of the previous version. I was never happy with the sky and smoke before, as it seemed I just couldn't break from the "ugly phase" of the painting. It's always good to leave a work alone for a while and let the subconscious do some work. That's what I believe anyway, and today for some reason my subconscious told me to open up this painting with Painter (now version 12 - hooray) and give it another shot. Smoke and clouds, just like the real thing, are fickle, fleeting, and very complex but simple at the same time. So I let the subconscious do its work with it, and I am now satisfied. My wife convinced me of the obvious: that the distant plane on the right side was unnecessary and detracted from the closer subject. She was right as usual, as it didn't do anything for the composition.

I read some on this battle before starting this painting, all done with Painter 11, and my first real, serious Painter painting. I did use references of three renders of the B-26 model I made as I would a photographic reference, but everything is painted by hand the old fashion way. Lloyd, part of the crew of the Sessanta Nova? gave me a first hand account of the battle: it went on for days. The bombers would fly back from their runs, get maintenance and repairs, load the bomb bays, and fly back to plaster the mountain top monastery, which they believed was being used as a Nazi HQ and observation post, near Rome and the sea front.
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Lueb-Art Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Note: this also became a DVD cover for a documentary type film about the European Theater of WWII:

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Lueb-Art Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Update: this image has just been sold to a publishing company in Spain. It will be used for the cover of a book about the battle. I still have copyright too.
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Lueb-Art Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011   Digital Artist
I didn't log my time, but I worked on this painting off and on for about three or four weeks. Some days for a few hours, some not at all. First session about two weeks, doing all the foundation, getting the monastery and airplane sketched out, then painting it. The second session, after reading the chapter about clouds in Don Seegmiller's book, Advanced Painter Techniques, gave me the solution I needed to create and fix the smoke and the clouds. That took a good week of trial and error: thank God for the undo feature! I don't think I used any photo or source for my palette, just kind of took colors out of my own inspiration. Also referred to some good photos of smoke, fires, and explosions to help me try to get it right.
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ElrondKane Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Wow. How long did this take ?
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twmfrntman Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Fantastic work!
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Lueb-Art Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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focallength Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Great work. Funny thing is, in spite of the B-26 Marauder's reputation, it had the lowest crew casualty rate of any medium bomber in the ETO.
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Lueb-Art Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks. True, it had a bad reputation during its developmental phase, but after widening the wingspan a few feet and some other things it was a good 'ne. It had some great nicknames that I know of: Baltimore Whore, the Flying Coffin, Widowmaker, the Flying Torpedo et al.
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focallength Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I'm familiar with the story. Once they increased the wing area and decreased the wing loading, it was easier to fly. I do love the nicknames it had. Another great thing about it was that it was as fast as its fighter escort so the escorts didn't have to fly back and forth so as not to outrun their charges.
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Lueb-Art Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Yeah, a great plane, quite fast. My Uncle Ed happened to be a side gunner / inflight mechanic who would crawl into the wings and work on the engines in the air, passed away a few years ago. He would often go to England every so often for a reunion of his fellow Marauder group. My old friend, Lloyd, now 90+ years old, was a crewman of the plane illustrated here, the Sessanta Nova?, meaning sort of in Italian, "wanna mess with me? (then I'll mess with you)" derived from the battle number on its tail, 69. It flew over 100 missions all over Europe and did some courier service in Europe after the war. Not sure what ship my uncle was on, wish he was still around to ask.
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