To all who see these presents...Greetings and Happy New Year!
I've been a busy little beaver lately, working on some graphic illustration projects (images to come upon publication) as well as the normal "fine art" things in the studio.
Here are two little oil sketches I've been working on, and I think they'll be complete shortly. They are based on photos and sketches I did while in Afghanistan, and depict a couple of artillery Marines in India Battery, 3rd Bn 11th Marines at Fire Base Thunder, now known as "Fiddler's Green".
The first one, in process:
The Basic Sketch and color block-in...
More color and detail...
a detail of the face and hands in the curious light made by the camo netting...
The Second painting, in process: the basic sketch and color block-in...
More color, and a little more detail (but not too much in the end, I hope...)
I am a fine artist and illustrator in the Classical Realist school, inspired by the masters of art history as I sketch and paint the world around me.
Recently I served as a Combat Artist in the US Marine Corps, from September 2006 till March 2014.
Though now once again in civilian garb, I continue to endeavor to uphold the traditions and standards of Marine Combat Art. The uniform may have changed, but the artist's fight remains the same.
"The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”
― Steven Pressfield