So, it’s been some time since I last posted here. In January, I started working full time at Ranger Up! Since getting the job I’ve been setting up my new life in a new city and getting myself through a probationary status with the company to a full designer status. It’s been hectic and a little stressful at times but it’s been some of the most rewarding work I’ve done since I was in the military. Converting my ambition to work as an artist full time was daunting, even terrifying at times. I felt like it might never happen and I’d just end up having to abandon it all together in exchange for a little stability.
With the new job comes a lot of new art. Some I can share here, others that will be filed away for the future.
I’ve been lucky enough to see my work go from a design meeting concept to final design to printed shirts and products. Seeing stacks upon stacks of shirts with my design on them go out the door to people. Even seeing fans getting them as tattoos!
Last year, I wouldn’t have thought it possible that I would be here, in a place like this, working in the field I’ve loved so much. Back then it was just a dream to be considered as I struggled to make heads or tails of what it was I was trying to accomplish with my life again. I’ve sacrificed so much to get to this point, that some days I need to remind myself what it was all for. Every day I sit behind my desk, I can’t help but feel pride in what I’ve accomplished in the face of so many obstacles. There is still so much more to achieve. More goals I want to meet. The bigger picture is finally clearer than it’s ever been.
Just a little heads up to any of you out there looking to snag a print of my Deployed series! There is a promotion going on for my shop on Society6 for free shipping on most of the stuff there. Head over and check it out!
Additional details from Society6:
Promotion expires July 14, 2013 at Midnight Pacific Time.*Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases and Throw Pillows with insert.
I’ll try and keep everyone informed when these sort of promo’s happen!
Patrols can consist of any type of unit, from heavy tanks to light aircraft to legging it. My unit used Humvee’s to patrol Route Pluto in east Baghdad. Patrolling in any context can be a dangerous affair. You are exposed, you are out there and can only hope nothing bad happens. Be a hard target, trust your instincts and hope they’re out of munitions today.
I’ve been fighting to find a good place to bring in experiences from Iraq to my alphabet project and had batted around a lot of different ideas early on. Here though, I think I’ve found a good place and moment to bring it out.
I did this drawing during a club meeting at CCBC as part of a quick exercise they were doing to create something based on a theme. The theme that day happened to be ‘monster’, and the first thing that came to my mind happened to be one of the most monstrous things I could think of, an Improvised Explosive Device.
I intended this to be the first of what would end up being a series of military themed sticker designs, but things never came together as my time was quickly soaked up with other projects that were actually for credit and kept me too busy to get going with other design ideas. Some time, I would love to get back to this series and get them printed for sale. Should that ever get off the ground, I fully intend to donate all funds to wounded warriors of the US Military.