Friday, December 22, 2006

The Marlboro Marine

I was on my first patrol back in November, with Lima Company 3/2, and I was taking photos and video while walking about... (sketching while on patrol is ill-advised unless you're under some good cover-- see the final scene of "All Quiet on the Western Front"...)

While the marines were taking a break, one of them lit up a cigarette (politically incorrect, I know, but it still makes for a cool subject!)

I used a "General's Sketch & Wash #588" Pencil, which makes a good black line but is also water-soluble, so you can create washes with it to achieve a good tonal range.

The more I use this pencil, the more I like it...

More to come...

9 comments:

V. Schroeder said...

Thanks for such superb stuff--best wishes to you at Christmas and all with you.

TJ said...

Wow, your drawings and paintings are great. Love seeing the "every day" stuff. Don Smith posted a bit about you on wetcanvas and I had to check your blog!

Prayers for you and looking forward to seeing more of your posts to your blog.

Terry

René said...

As i said at Wetcanvas to Don Smith, very impressive! I like the "Generals Sketch & Wash #588" Pencil also and looking forward to see lots of those marvelous drawings.

Take care and best wishes to all.

Robin Neudorfer said...

Found you via Wet Canvas. These are supurb drawings, and your WIP I can already tell, will be wonderful.
Can not imagine creating under the conditions you find yourself in. I am impressed.
Thank you for sharing, and please let all you come in contact with, that prayers are sent your way every day from CA. Please stay safe, and know that we are thankful for the work that you find yourselves up against.
Happy Holidays!

Anita said...

Robin sent me your URL - no words just admiration for you and your work.
Please take care of yourself and know that our thoughts are with you and all the men and women who are out there.
Merry Christmas to you all!

Anonymous said...

I love the drawing of the marine underneath the heading "The Boys Are Back in Town." You captured "the look" that marines and soldiers have after being in combat. It is all in his eyes...

Merry Christmas!!! I hope you have a wonderful day. I know it is probably tough out there to have a "wonderful day", but God is good! Psalm 91, brother! Think of Linus reciting the passage of Jesus' birth in Luke Chapter 2. That always makes me smile... I love you.

Jen

rsm said...

Merry Christmas and I appreciate your art. I am glad they have you to capture these moments in more than a photograph, with all the care an artist can add. And I hope you are safely home as soon as you can be.

J. Fowler said...

Impressive Kris. Keep up the good work. We miss you and the family here in St. Aug.

Stay safe,
The Fowlers

Maggie45 said...

I've loved everything of yours that I've seen. God has given you a beautiful gift. Thank you for using it. God bless you and keep you safe.