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Approaching storm by Baron-Engel Approaching storm by Baron-Engel
This is the final completed of a piece I have posted related development for in the past. It is commission for a patient client since it is horribly late in delivery.

I titled the piece "Approaching storm" for two reasons. First there is a weather system approaching which promises to bring rainy weather to the area in a few hours. Second the sky is crisscrossed with the contrails of a recent bomber raid and the fighters that went up to intercept them. This is the storm that will eventually engulf all of the Third Reich.  This piece is set roughly in early May of 1944 in Nazi Germany. The Luftwaffe has not yet been forced to abandon its airfields for the forests of Germany, but already the airfield is starting to show the signs of recent visits from USAAF fighters returning from their escort missions.

In the background can be seen the smoke burning fires denoting where aircraft, either Axis and Allied, have met their final demise, and yet in spite of all this carnage we still find two individuals able to spend sometime together and forget about the war even if for just a moment.

When I took this commission I had rather mixed feeling about it. I did not want create a piece that could be viewed as being supportive or sympathetic to the Nazi ideology, and yet I did not want to have the piece full of one-dimensional cardboard villains. In the end what I wanted to show was two individuals trying to maintain their sanity in the midst of the greatest conflict in recorded history.

The piece is done in my usual colored pencil, marker, technical pen and gouache on vellum finish Bristol Board. The image size is roughly 16"x 24". I will post more about this piece in the future.
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sinfronteras88 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Quick cunt fritz 10 B-17
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cron12 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like this piece.  Very nicely captured the time and conflict.  Only thing I would mention is that the jacket being worn by the right most character looks more like the american fighter/bomber pilot jackets.  Either way very well done.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually you would correct about the jacket it is USAAF issue, but while doing research for this picture I came across several photos showing Luftwaffe pilots wearing captured allied jackets. Apparently by 1944 good leather was becoming scarce in Germany so you wore what you could get your hands on.

Also it is the equivalent of wearing a trophy taken from your foe, or hunter who hunts stags and has a knife with a stag horn handle. It is a symbol of the prey you hunt.
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cron12 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg, you just made my day!  

A) you researched!  Most people on the internet who say they are history buffs just say "how dare you question me!"

B) idk what else, gj none the less!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
A) you researched!  Most people on the internet who say they are history buffs just say "how dare you question me!"

All told I probably spent a minimum of fifteen hours researching this picture. That includes reading about the period as general military history, reading and consulting with the client about the specific variant of FW190A8 he wanted and what camo, tactical markings and Defense of the Reich designation we would use. Also trying to get some idea what 1940s Germany would look like in May. All told there were probably 40 study and development sketches done before I started on the final piece.

Also it was very helpful that the client provided me with some excellent reference material on the FW190 and is very knowledgeable about the aircraft.
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cron12 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey, 15 hours is nothing to be spoken down on.  I took an entire European History class and one person managed to study about 15 hours for the entire class year!  They failed of course, but 15 hours for a work of art is more time than most people put into a sport in a week.
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Koshizu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I like the way you captured a beautiful day in a time when conflict loomed behind the clouds. Nice work! :thumbsup:
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LindeDash Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I like this piece! So much detail and a great story in the picture. 
We tend to forget people still LIVED during those terrible years. Falling in love and having fun is a part of life and can happen at any time and any place :) 

Feel proud that you have made a picture showing two characters that remember to LIVE besides all the sh** going on in the world! 
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.
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LindeDash Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I enjoy all your art :)
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