Illustration Friday: I Spy…

Posted in Illustration, Illustration Friday, Military, Painting at 5:43 pm

…With My Lethal Eye!

This was inspired by a photo of an Army sniper with the 5th Infantry Division in Iraq.

I really had fun with this and it went pretty quick. Much of the painting is digital except for a pencil drawing and a watercolor texture for the background (actually I used acrylic which acts similarly). I scanned the pencil drawing first then rescanned the drawing after adding a little underpainting on the figure and the watercolor background. The rest is a combination of layers of digital paint in Photoshop.

US Army Sniper


  1. antimatty said,

    03.25.07 at 7:01 pm

    really nice, the drawing is awesome , although that bit of purple in the watercolor layer is kinda distracting. still, great work.

  2. Ammon said,

    03.25.07 at 7:23 pm

    Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing your technique with a student.

  3. Jayster said,

    03.26.07 at 2:18 am

    An excellent, and very realistic looking piece. It actually looks very relaxed, almost serene, considering the setting.

  4. Brian B said,

    03.26.07 at 6:30 pm

    Great pic! Super technique…I like the use of color and how it helps create a sense of depth by using a splash on ground that is reflective of the sky but the figure remains neutral…one of my drills was a sniper…115 pounds soaking wet but he had that look in his eye that would make your blood run cold and we feared him more than any of the others…we figured he would end up winning if they all duked it out…

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