I’ve always had an affinity for the world of the infantry, I worked alongside them a lot as a forward observer and had to train in many of the same proficiencies when down on the line. Be it 11B or 0311, the infantry of the US Army and the USMC are some of the most highly skilled combat forces in the history of warfare. They are men I’ve been proud to serve alongside.
Be it light, airborne, air assault or mech, they find a way to adapt to the situation and overcome it. There is no substitute when the bullets start to fly for a soldier or marine at your side whose sole job is to carry their rifle and put rounds on target.
It’s an entire narrative in six words. ‘It’s behind you! Hurry before it…’ For this piece, that’s the only bit of information I had to work from. The only stipulation was that it had to incorporate watercolor in some way. I had a long and drawn out trip through my sketchbook trying build this micro-story into a realized illustration.