Forward Observer

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Forward Observer – Graphite and Digital

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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.

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Brothers Keeper

 

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This saying may have it’s roots grounded in religious texts, but it’s also a feeling that every soldier, marine, sailor and airmen that’s found themselves in combat know well. That willingness to do anything and everything for the man or woman at your side in their time of need. It’s not about bravery or heroism. It’s not about politics or country or even defeating the enemy. It’s about family. You take care of your own, and you’ll do anything for them.

Combat Medic

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Combat Medic – Prints Available

The men and women I’ve known as my medics have left lasting imprints on my life. They took care of me in my time of need and they fought side by side with us in the thick of it. It’s up to these soldiers to keep the wounded clinging to life, and thankfully our docs were up to the challenge time and time again. Caring for any who found themselves on the unlucky side of an IED, RPG or a bullet, they were always up to the task.

Dedicated to Doc Chase, Doc Torres, and Doc Collins.

Foward Observer

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Forward Observer – Graphite and Digital

Prints available on Society6

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.

There are a few versions of this one that you can find on my Facebook page or in my Society6 shop.

Martinez

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Martinez – 10″x8″ Graphite on Bristol

A good friend of mine from the Army has been extremely supportive of my work the past year, picking up prints and generally letting me know how much he appreciates what I’m doing.  Recently he commissioned me to do a few drawings for him from his time overseas, this piece is the first of two that he wants done.

The drawing came together well and gave me an excuse to try laying out scene a full scene within the bounding box instead of floating across the page like in my other military work.  The main reason being I didn’t want the figure to simply fade off into nothing.  I’ve used it effectively in the past but I didn’t want this pose to lose any of its strength by distracting the viewer from the action involved.  Unfortunately the background was washed out almost entirely in this scan, but there is in fact a light hillside in the far background.  If you tilt your monitor up you can just make it out enough to get what I’m talking about!  It would likely show in a print, but those sort of extra light details don’t quite show when on the monitor.

Bradley

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Bradley – 14″x11″ Graphite and Digital

The M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle is and always will be one of my favorite vehicles in the Army. The combination of firepower and armor, even its very shape called to me as a Private. I was lucky enough to be one of the first fire support guys to ever train on them and then helped to field them later when they were finally brought to the line in the First Cav.

In fact, I learned to drive and fire one of these behemoths before I even had a drivers license. Funny thing being a fresh faced 19 year old, power sliding around in an armored vehicle before I could even legally drive a car. And firing the 25mm on the range was one of the highlights of my time with the Cav, though tearing the gun down for time left plenty more marks on me as well.

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The Route


The Route – Gouache and felt pen on illustration board

I used this map as a sort of personal therapy to let some things out that had been swimming around in my mind for a while. Some things that came out were events and situations I haven’t thought about in years. Some I hadn’t thought about since they happened. I’m sure there is more in there, but I feel less burdened having put this together.