Saturday, October 07, 2006

Practice, Man, Practice

I recently spent a few hours out on Murphy Demolition Range with the Combat Instruction Company, watching the instructors prepare and give lessons in Breaching and Assaulting to newly commissioned Second Lieutenants. I sketched the lieutenants while they were in the classes, and I filmed the final breech & assault demonstration. It was literally a blast! It was good fun and great training.

Here are a couple of the sketches I did. They are loose and (obviously) sketchy, which is the nature of the beast with field drawing. I was using the pen directly, without any preliminary pencil layout. This forces me to develop an artist's eye, and a more confident line . With practice, I think I can keep the freshness of the sketch while developing more efficient mark-making and getting them to a higher finish.

In a matter of days I deploy. The training here has been beneficial, but nothing compares to putting one's skills to the test in the real world. I can't wait to get out there and document the Marines in action!

Semper Fi and OOH-RAH!


jel said...

very cool drawing!

May God watch over you and all that are out there!

God Bless

Beverly said...

Hello, Kris,
It's good to hear from you by way of our blog again. Our pryaers go with you and your family as you deploy.

AlliciaBattles said...

Kris-Just wanted you to know how proud your brother and I are of you. God Bless and keep you safe. Love Ya. Your-sister-in law, Allicia.

Hope said...

Kristopher Battles, Laughs & Smiles to you! This is a complete blast from the past, but I wanted to wish you many prayers, much honor, and the best of health as you embark upon your journey. What you are doing is surely a special thing. My brother, an apache longbow pilot, just returned from his 2nd tour in Iraq. Keep a smile and stay safe. Hope Rector-Mundwiller, in Missouri