This is a piece commissioned by an EOD technician for the EOD Memorial & Scholarship Foundation. They enjoyed the previous piece the tech had commissioned from me when they saw it up in the Nukes Division, and they wanted a painting for their foundation.
This commemorates and pays tribute to the brave bomb squad technicians in all branches of the United States military. It was unfortunate that halfway through the piece I actually had to add names to each of the plaques, but in a way, I'm happy I was able to include them.
I hope you guys like it. This will eventually be up for sale on the EOD Memorial & Scholarship Foundation's website, and I'm sure the proceeds will go to help the foundations activities and scholarships. Please check out their site when you get a chance.
Technical details: Being as I used a variety of techniques for this piece, I thought I'd make them clear to avoid confusion and answer some questions.
Given the realistic nature of the piece, I did used photographic textures to help create the look. For certain parts, I also incorporated portions of photos and completely painted into them to change lighting, details, and overall look. I used this namely on the gun, flag, and the seals, and as a jumping off point with the trees, which are mostly a custom brush.
The overall work is 5000x5350 pixels and prints at 20"x21.4" at 250 DPI. The amount of detail that had to go into each part to make sure it prints well so large made it both fun and challenging.
I'm not overly fond of the character element, but other than that the piece works very well indeed. Nice work on the trees, they came out great; I would perhaps tone down the saturation of the sky but I don't think that's really a big issue. Overall a nice piece of work man.
Hey! Nice piece. I have a workflow question for you. Do you start something like this at a low resolution? If so ... at what point do you convert to 250 dpi or 300 dpi or whatever is appropriate for output?
It's a great tribute, but I hope you don't mind some criticism from me.
I personally don't like the wings all that much. They don't seem to fit with the rest of the picture (and are a bit over the top, maybe). The texture of the feathers doesn't seem "realistic" like the rest of the picture does, and looks a bit cartoony, even. Like someone else suggested, it probably would've been a better idea if the technician was see-through himself, it would've sent the same message.
And maybe it would've been a nice touch if he was saluting to the flag. It could make his pose more interesting, and show their dedication to their nation some more, without really throwing it in your face.
But, for the rest, it's perfect. It has such an atmosphere; the rose petals were a great touch.
Hey, I always appreciate critiques, so thanks. I actually redid the wings, but I forgot to update the image, maybe I'll do that later today. They're in because the commissioner requested them. It looks cool with both, but I think it helps the picture maintain a symbolic nature. As for the EOD tech, I tried making him see-through, but it just didn't work well. Thanks for the input, it'll help me do things a little better next time around
Reid. What could I say here that I haven't said throughout the process of watching this from the beginning to the end.
Amazing and Everyone from my side of the world Appreciates this more than anyone can imagine. Next up, I am going to start gathering Ideas for the next piece. Like I said before, Old School Memorial and this one Together.
It will be On this site [link] . I have to get them a copy over, and then they will have to update the site. All Proceeds will go toward making the Memorial "better" and unfortunately an Expansion soon.
I like the piece, with your choice of colors as exquisite as usual, though I felt the piece exuded a somewhat stagnant air. The memorial, of course, can't really express anything, but the soldier's stance might be a bit more dynamic if he were kneeling while looking down at the memorial. In all, it feels quite realistic, with the sweet touch of gently blown rose petals and deep blue sky corresponding to the patriotic colors of the flag.