Sketch for Etching

This is a preliminary sketch for a copper etching I’m doing titled David’s War. The scene is inspired by a photograph of my friend in Iraq who served in the US Marines. I’m trying to show the tension that exists in the personal experience of a soldier–something that gets overlooked or ignored often.

Any feedback would be appreciated as I can still make changes. Thanks!

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3 thoughts on “Sketch for Etching

  1. This is beautiful. My son did 2 tours in Iraq so we are no stranger to the war. Thankyou for recognizing our soldiers. I wouldn’t change a thing. You are very talented.

  2. Great start and I understand how these things evolve. I would look a little more closely at the proportion of the soldier. To my eye I would like to see him slightly more elongated. What is the white object in foreground left?

  3. Thanks Bill…the white object is a piece of cloth that has caught on the barbed wire. This was drawn from a photo, and I love this composition because of that…it reminds me of a surrender flag.

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