i just randomly stumbled upon your piece here... i really like it. ive been reading through what other people have to say about it- and i agree with most of it.
when i first saw the image though- i thought it was of a woman. the way the hair is shaded reminds me of how my mom used to roll her hair up when she was in the army... from all the old pictures and videos of her in the gulf war...
i guess it still stands out ot me now because my boyfriend is a marine, heading back to iraq early next year. he shows me lots of his pictures from over there... so images like this get my attention. thanks for making this ^^
I love the way that you have handled the folds of the material, and how you have let the paper act as a neutral ground against the shadows and highlights of the figure. I think this brings a great deal of "natrual" look to the image as a whole, tying the different elements together.
By making the rifle that rich tone, it, in effect, becomes the focal point of the composition. It makes me wonder which one is spent: the man, or his weapon...
Having gone through your gallery, I wish you would include a little more technical info in your descriptions, such as the type of pencils (or conte) used, etc. Are you doing these on a colored paper? Many artists like to see what others are exposing themselves to, in case they would like to try and obtain similar results.
Instant fav. As a Marine I can relate to this picture and the feeling of "being spent" no one is immortal. Great work here, also friended you just for your interest in military life and weaponry. I would love to see more of this style.
I've got another one similar to this one coming called Last Man Standing.
(Just FYI, standing at attention is when superior officers enter a room. It's a show of respect and typically never happens in combat. No one really cares how your fire, as long as it's both in the right direction and hitting something... :-D )
+fav. It's very powerful, serene at the same time. Really says alot about what people forget about. That there are men in those uniforms. The helmets make them sweat too. It is beautifully rendered. Very lifelike, and the choice of materials is excellent. Giving it that desert color, and that faded look. I love it.
There's a clip on the front of the helmet, I think to attach NVGs to. He's grasping the helmet by that, so that's why the fingers seem short and odd. He's got his four fingers clamped under the top of the clip and his thumb under the front of the helmet.
yep. I've been perusing the photos taken by troops in combat, instead of the Newsweek ones. Not many of them are powerful, but I found a few. This was the only one that had good composition and I still cropped it a bit. Most of the pictures are of people sitting on the side of an Apache ora couple guys horsing around, but there's a few in action and a few of those that are really good.