Image Type: Single Image
Usage: This illustration was used on Armistice day as a tribute to all the soldiers that died during the war. Especially poignant as it was 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.
Process: This illustration contains many different elements. It's largely a digital image but I have worked up the various textures in charcoal, pencil and watercolour. I use a lot of handmade textures in my work and I felt the grainy feel the illustration has was appropriate for the subject matter.
Materials: This image is mostly digital using custom-made brushes in Photoshop however I have used charcoal, pencil and watercolour textures as well.
Formats: This is a digital image. It was first drawn out on my tablet using my custom made pencil brushes that I have and then I applied the various textures that you can see within it.
Brief Requirements: This was to commemorate the 100 years since the Battle of the Somme and Armistice Day.
Key Brief Ideas: I wanted to be sensitive to the subject matter but also produce a powerful enough image that would resonate with everyone who looked at it. The boy looking out at the sunrise represents all the young soldiers that fought and died during the war. They were just boys themselves when they signed up and I think this image captures the fragility and the horror of the situation they were all going into. Trees turned to skeletons and splinters, the ground strewn with barbed wire and the constant acrid sky with the common poppy standing out against the morning sunrise in memory to the fallen!
Commissioned For: Armistice Day 2016
Agent: Bright Group International
Agent Website: thebrightagency.com