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    Awesome work Jesus Food!

    Im into military art myself! And watching your work gives me a lot of inspiration! Keep up the good work!

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    I would absolutely love to see you edit one of those Germans to look like waldo, in the threnches waving up at the camera or something. i would just shit..

    stellar work as always, i love your little attention to detail, for example not all of the Germans have their boots bound up, and their packs are well alternated. really nice little touches that make it more real. Keep it up!

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    zitax- thanks man, im glad i could inspire u with my stylings lol

    austenFM- thanks man ya i will make a version with waldo in there, even if hes a jittering shellshocked mess huddled in the trench haha

    thx for noticing all the detail and stuff on those guys, when it was just a sketch it didnt seem like a major investment lol

    some lifedrawing i did today



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    The second of those life drawings is amazing. The others are good too, but #2 just nails it with form and the cross hatching is perfect. Great work!

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    Good Stuff that you have here my man. I too share a passion for military history especially that of our Canadians in WW1 and 2. Have you ever checked out some Herbie comics from ww2? They were drawn by " Bing" Coughlin from I believe the RCASC in the 1st Div and they are both amusing and inspiring. Another Canadian War Artist who is my personal hero was Charles F Comfort who again worked with the 1st Div and his illustrations of that conflict are marvelous. If you feel like discussing these subjects more feel free to drop me a PM and we can pick up a correspondence.

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    donalfall- thanks dude, ya i agree the 2nd one is my favorite too

    wheeljack- thanks man yea i also have a passion for that subject as u probably know already my grandpa went into the army when he was 16 and fought in france when he was 17. his group was captured by s.s and they flipped a coin, half of them were shot including his friends and he spent the rest of his time in a p.o.w camp

    he was always really quiet about it and he told me he felt kind of ashamed he wasnt fighting, and that the germans treated them well actually almost made it worse if that makes sense. And the fact that young men like him were shot because they couldnt feed them, makes life feel cheap. hes 85 right now but hes the sweetest old guy ud ever wanna meet

    just an update from the last one i posted


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    Try to see the light and shadow in masses. See the overall shadow shape and overall light shape. Squint your eyes. Capture that first, then worry about the small details afterwards. Randomly hatching flattens the form and makes the drawing look messy.

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    yea i agree man, i will take your advice chaser, thx for commenting

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    Sounds like your Grandpa was with the 3rd Division, that is assuming he was Canadian. You should seriously consider writing down what he tells you and ask him some specific questions about his experiences. I found that with Vets, it really helps jog their memory by providing them with some context with which to refer. Ask him if you can see his service book, it would be a gold mine of information. That and in my case, developing an interest in the war enabled me to develop a better relationship with my grandfather which I will always cherish.
    On my dad's side, my grandpa lied about his age too and went over as a replacement for the 48th Highlanders just in time for the invasion of Italy. He fought with the regiment up until the 22nd of December before a jerry 88 caught up to him just outside of Ortona. Luckily he survived but that ended the war for him. My other Grandpa went over as a 39er with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment but was transferred to the RCASC because he could drive! He spent the war attached to the First Canadian Army HQ and managed to get into all of the european theaters. Ironically, my wifes Opa fought for the Germans as a Panzer Grenadier and was captured during the closing of the Falaise Gap and if I am correct around the same time as your grandfather was captured.

    One of the best things I ever did was ask my grandpa to introduce me to some of his other Vet friends. I have been able to meet men who served in ever branch of the service and once they get to know you a little, they really have been generous in sharing their stories with me. Even down to showing me how to eat Bully Beef and Hardtack! If you get a chance to go to a remembrance day ceremony with your grandfather, I highly encourage you to do so.

    Keep posting up the work, I look forward to seeing more.

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    wheeljack- ya the thing is i only get together with him around the rest of the family for big meals and stuff and itd be kinda awkward because im the only one interested in war at all, besides i feel like hes made peace with it and he really doesnt enjoy reliving that nightmare, and its all on paper already he was in stalag 11 if i remember correctly



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    That trench shot is fantastic. I lack the patience and imagination to do that many different gestures. I always wonder how guys who draw crowds do it. I can think of two or three original positions and then everyone looks like clones of those three

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    thanks man, i will finish that peice when i get back to my tablet

    can anyone name me this famous soldier:



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    Is it vassili zaitsev?

    Re: Talking about war at the dinner table. I understand what you are saying and I am by no means trying to push you or him but if you want to know more I can offer up some tips.

    Rule #1: never talk about war, or ask stupid questions like " did you shoot any Jerries?" or " i bet you saw some F'd up stuff over there". Be Respectful.

    Rule #2: just listen, pay attention and ask specific questions.

    Rule#3: Give him some context and talk about the mundane. For example the rations. If your having Christmas dinner, you could always ask him if he ever got a Christmas dinner while he was in the service. If he did, I bet it was a great story.

    Cheers!

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    nope its not zietsev, it is simo hayha the white death, highest confirmed kills in any war

    ya ill certainly keep it in mind man, thanks for the tips

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    awesome as always

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    Very nice work as always. And Hayha is/was one tough bastard.

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    Velocity Kendall- thx man i appreciate it as always

    Falchion- thx, yea he was a best, i guess he was the perfect soldier, its amazing how he fought so intensely for so long and only stopped when he got shot in the face..

    small update on the trench pic


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    love the war stuff here, the latest one is turning out great! must have taken ages!

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    thx Parsakoira ya i forget how much time i actually spent on it bc i keep coming back to it



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    lovely, what an awesome scene. amazing how many characters you have in it. i think you should make it abit darker again though, get it more grungy. keep it up!

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    cool updates, nice portrait of fidel castro too : ]

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    thanks man yeah its nice to take a break from the war stuff lol not that castro isnt war related

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    Man your SB is looking great. I love this last one a lot. One thing I'm noticing with your rendering is: your "hatching" your highlights and shadows. This seems to be giving your images a cartoon-ish look. Try smoothing out those hatches with blended patches.

    I think that soldier is Vasily Grigorevich Zaytsev?

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    yea stalker i agree i have to blend it up i see what u mean by the cartoony feel

    wheeljack actually guessed Zaytsev ealier, its actually a famous finnish soldier named simo hayha who killed around 700 russians during the winter war with a modified mosin nagant (he didnt even use a scope)

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    You're a really good drawer, your sketches have a lot of impact.

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    Hey Jesus Food great updates I really like the trench one and I was really moved reading about your Grandpa.

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    thx LM! i really appreciate it

    Marion- thanks, ya nothing like a good old realistic war story to tug on ur heart strings. real life is much more scary than make believe



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    Oh man, these are nice (though, I think one of the image links is broken?). I love the feel of the bottom sketch of the soldier getting shot.

    I actually finally have some new stuff up, as well. Check it out, let me know what you think!

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    Oh man, these are nice (though, I think one of the image links is broken?). I love the feel of the bottom sketch of the soldier getting shot.

    I actually finally have some new stuff up, as well. Check it out, let me know what you think!

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    thanks shadow

    heres a watercolor i did today


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