is the soldier trying to salute
Just a little curious as a Devildog I am wondering if the soldier without the paper is saluting the soldier with the paper or what. I really can't tell what his is doing aside from possibly scratching his head. The reason for asking is in the military you salute with your right hand, not your left. Unless this is from some ass backwards world. Aside from that the painting gives a real sense of emotion, it has feeling which is good, however the emotion it invokes in me is somber or saddness. This feeling is coming from the overwhelming sense of darkness on the two characters, the background is full of light and they are so dark and muddy. Finish it and it will be really nice. Don't think that you to change uniforms on them just show a little rank on them. If you are not sure as to how to rank it go to http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/alma.../enlisted.html
this will tell you what all the different ranks look like. Keep in mind that you probably don't want to use the navy, air force, or coast guard! Hope all that helps a little.
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