Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Mountain Sentinels"

Dedicated to our 10th Mountain Division Soldiers and their Families for all they do to ensure our freedom. Finished drawing measures 24" x 16".

Saturday, May 29, 2010

An hour left.

Ran out of clock today with about one hour left before I can call this finished. Tomorrow I'll wrap this up for scanning on Tuesday. Prints, then framing for pending special events.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Another few hours progress

What difference a few hours makes at this stage of the drawing. I have most all areas roughed in and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully I can get this completed by the end of the week as planned. Saving the weapons for last since I am intimidated and challenged by them.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Just a subtle start on introducing the background mountains and landscape. Helps to start to pull the whole thing together. Keeping it all balanced properly will be the focus of the next few days work.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Filling in some blanks

Here is the before and after of a few hours work. Pushing the contrast to suggest strong sunlight. Adding the landscape next before finalizing each Soldier in order to see how they relate to each other and the background then on the weapons and that will do it.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Technical Drawing

Moving along quite rapidly on this drawing as a deadline looms. Nearly finished with the first Soldier and now detailing his weapon.

Precision is the name of the game with this type of work and I've relied upon my technical illustration skills for accuracy. This gun is a bit different than the 410 shotgun I bird hunted with years ago. I have it roughed in and have started to bring up the volume gradually. You may notice that I've added protective eye wear on our young hero. The circumstances surrounding the creation of this new work are interesting and I'll be telling more about that in the next few postings.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Second Sentinel

This addition reveals more of the overall composition. A good friend of mine, Command Sergeant Major Hibbs explained that the top Soldier should have his glasses and gloves on. Ooops, I'm considering adding clear ones later. I'll think it over. It's important to be accurate with this subject matter because Soldiers are some of the finest professionals I've ever met and they really know their business. CSM Hibbs is a very talented photographer and has advised me on work in the past. So glasses and gloves on this 2nd Soldier for sure!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Who is this Soldier?

As I work on this drawing I'm wondering just who this Soldier actually is. This part of the composition is based on an image from the US Army website. I'm pretty sure he's a Specialist and definitely a Division Soldier. I don't have the details of exact location aside from Afghanistan, or a name. Anyone who might know this young warrior and can inform me of his identity would be entitled to a free print from the limited edition as well as a print for this young hero. I can be contacted via my website.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

New project

For those that are familiar with my work will have seen these patches before. Bravely worn by our devoted Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division. Once again I'm proud to create a drawing to honor the sacrifice made by them and their loved ones back home. Stay tuned.