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Painting: Painting with Oils
Discuss Oil painting techniques.
Faire le zouave
Kinggeorges
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 09:46 AM UTC
Hello peers,

IN France we have an expression "faire le zouave" that basically means "to play the fool". I like this title because my Duryee zouave looks everything but enjoying a nice moment. I tried to depict a weary guy that went through a a fierce battle.
He's my first 54 mm figure. This scale has pro and cons. Whereas you can play with the face painting because you've got more space to play with the brush, on the other hand I don't like big piece of clothe, which I find harder to make realistic, especially if they are mono colored.
Anyway, This Pegaso figure, which from the artcover I found ugly, turns out to be very enjoyable. I've painted him with enamels and oil (trying to replicate some bill Horan technique, but without the muse skills :p). I tried blending technics with the hands, and some new experience on the cartridge belt to simulate torn leather.
I hope that you like it as much as I enjoyed painting him.
Best,
Julien













mohammedcohen
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 04:34 PM UTC
Exellent work all around!! Your rendition of the eyes is very good also - nothing spoils an otherwise well painted figure than poorly executed eyes...this is well done!!! the zouaves of the 19th Century - originated in France, but copied in the USA - were they originally referred to as 'fools', i.e. Zouaves, and why so???

CB in FL
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 08:47 PM UTC
I like it. I think you did get some of the "Bill Horan" look... the face is painted especially well and I agree with the comment on the eyes: superb!

Mario
Kinggeorges
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 10:07 PM UTC
Hi Chris,
Thanks for your kind words. In fact the expression "faire le zouave" came after this army branch were created in 1830. The name zouave comes from an arab (more precisely berbere) term "zwava", which is the name of another arab tribe (Kabyle one to be precise). This tribe provide turks with soldiers in Algier, and after France took Algier, they served in the French army.

There is no real fact or precise story that indicate the birth of this expression. One can explain by the fact the zouave were considered as brave and daring troops (particularly after the Crimea war), beacuse considered as élite troop. So "faire le zouave" is to imitate the courage and bravery, caricaturate it, as if the situtation were dangerous whereas not. Another explanation is that his uniform is for a long period characterised by the red (garance in french), which attract the attention. Faire le zouave, to play the fool, is also attracting other attention on its trick.
Hope this explanation satisfy your curiosity :

Mario : thanks for you comment, I'm glad you like it. what's sure is that 54mm is more pleasant when it comes to painting eyes than 1/35...

Best,
Julien
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Posted: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 11:16 PM UTC
Beautiful piece of work Julien. Love it.