Sometimes you get to try some new thoughts out with a new shirt. This new one for Ranger Up was a different approach for me. Taking a type driven design based around a saying and building it into a design is always tough. But sometimes you see the right inspiration here and there, find bits and pieces that make sense. And build something new with the parts. Sinners and Saints comes from the idea that you can be both in your lifetime. When you are military, you’re essentially both at the same time. A savior to some and a sinner while you perform the action necessary. There’s something nice and old school about this one. The typeface, the scroll work and small additions. I’m looking forward to rocking it.
I know a lot of people stress their job selection and finding just the right job for them when they enlist. I knew I wanted to join the Army, and while I didn’t know exactly what job I was going to go with, I knew it would be combat arms. I had no desire to go in any of the admin/supply/etc. jobs. When it came down to selecting the job I was going to pick, my recruiter and I simply went through a list of high bonus combat jobs. When it came to 13F Fire Support Specialist, it just seemed right. He was an old Mech Infantry guy and so knew FO’s I could talk with. I had a quick chat with another recruiter who gave me a quick run down of the job and I was set. I love what I did as an FO. It was the best mix of small unit and large scale operations. It allowed me to get into the mix with all combat unit types from Infantry to Armor to Scouts. And it allowed me the chance to meet and befriend some of the greatest people I’ve ever known.
This drawing has been in my head for some time, and with all of the commission work I’ve been knocking out, I hadn’t had a chance to get at it. I’m glad I was able to finally get around to working it up. Though it wasn’t without issue. I had a lot of trouble creating a believable sense of scale and background and I think that’s why I’m more partial to the version at the top. It’s cleaner, it speaks more to how you feel when you’re up on the hill calling in fires, and allows the viewer to fill in the rest.
One of the biggest reasons I love gaming of all types is the way it brings people together. I’ve met so many amazing people by simply being interested in a certain video game, or a tabletop game, or even a collectible card game. Some of the most lasting friendships I have were forged through those shared passions. You can learn a lot about the kind of person behind the keyboard or on the other side of the table in such a short time. A lot of it is in their play style and how they react to a challenging situation (or an overwhelming victory).
Recently I started playing World of Warcraft again to get a little more online hang out time with some real life friends that are more than a little scattered across the country. In no time I was meeting a ton of new players from the guild and getting to know each of them through chat or over the headset.
When news that our guildie Kimilyn had passed away broke, I felt compelled to make something to honor a fellow gamer whose own passion for the game and specifically the PVP aspects of it drove me to play a little harder when I was lucky enough to step into a battleground with her. She was kind, caring, fun, and utterly ruthless on the field of battle.
Kimilyn’s guild note says it all: “PVP.thats it.PVP.nothing else”
I was recently interviewed by Tim ‘Lawdawg’ Lawson for the Veteran Empire Podcast and it just went live last night! We chat about some of my experiences, my inspirations, methodologies and even my caffeine sources!
I watch a lot of Kickstarters go up, mostly in one of the various gaming industries, some in product design or even art projects that require a little extra funding to see their work realized more fully. This one hits home a lot more than all of those.
22 Veterans commit suicide EVERY SINGLE DAY. The “1, 2, Many” project aims to get deeper than the superficial stats and get to the people affected by this tragic reality. In order to better understand what is happening to our community, Tim is interviewing vets who have survived the struggle with suicide, the families of those vets who have lost their fight, and professionals from around the country.
I’ve been struck down by a bit of technology issues lately. But it hasn’t kept me from working!
This drawing was commissioned by my geology professor as a Christmas gift for his wife. It’s of their three dogs one of whom is a recent rescue.
I always like hearing about successful adoption/rescues and it really helped keep me motivated on the drawing. The story behind a given commission is alway interesting and it’s one of the best parts of getting work like this.
The drawing was done primarily with mechanical pencil with a little touch up using an 8B. The bar across the background was an element I found useful in giving the dogs a little more pop off the page since they are done so softly, especially along some of the lighter fur lines. I have to thank one of my former classmates for the idea having shown me the work of Sergio Toppi some months back. The strong graphic shape also helped to solidify the composition on the page as well.
Expect more of the holiday work in the coming weeks!