For the longest time I only associated this sort of thing with Navy Seals. It wasn’t until I started getting familiar with the Marine Recon and MARSOC community that I began to see how much bigger the combat diver community was than those few pictures of Seals everyone knows.
I’ve actually had this drawing in my head for a while now, I just couldn’t get to it until now. The figures floating but grounded by the water reflections and letting the viewers imagination fill in the rest.
I was commissioned recently by Treadswift Tactical to do a t-shirt design for them. They’re looking to do a line of moto shirts and happened upon my postcard at The Safe House in Sneads Ferry, NC. It was great working with David on this first piece, it gave me a good chance to figure out my workflow when a client is more linked in with the process and was a good chance to try a few things with my military work that I haven’t had a chance to mess with.
The final result for this will be a blue/grey finish on a sand colored t-shirt with their logo on the front, flags on the sleeves and my design on the back. I can’t wait to see the shirts in the flesh sometime soon! The final art will also be sold as fine art prints. Both of which I’ll announce here as soon as they’re available!
Be it Air Assault, Rangers, Special Forces, Force Recon or other, fast roping into the fight seems to be a favored method of troop delivery amongst many groups in the military. It’s quick, it’s accurate and effective. It also gives the troops on the group quick egress as well once the mission is complete. The downsides well noted as well. With visceral reminders like the Battle of Mogadishu etched into the consciousness of anyone who sees a helo flying too low and slow.
The base drawing for this was done some time ago with the Force Recon drawing, but I felt a need to distill it even further soon after it was finished but didn’t have time to really ensure it was completely ready for print. The above was an exercise in working on my line quality in a digital medium and I found a new interest in working on the Wacom Cintiq that carried me through the rest of my courses at MICA because of this one piece. I was able to clean specific areas and even create new lines that fit the original pencils perfectly.