For the last two years, I've been a Navy Artist, working for the Naval History and Heritage Command.
It's an interesting job, needless to say. As an artist for the Navy, I get to travel around all over the world, see interesting things, meet interesting people, and draw them. Then, I get to bring all the sketches and photos I take on my Navy Art trips home to the studio and realize them in larger-format media: paintings, drawings, etc..
Here are a few images I've done over the course of the last two years:
From my trip to the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor in October 2014:
"Rosie the Sailor" rolls up her sleeves, preparing to go to work aboard USS Constitution during the ship's turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor, Oct 17, 2014.
"Heave, Ho!" Sailors on Constitution help pull the lines which moor USS Constitution so the ship can get underway on her turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor, Oct 17, 2014.
A Sailor in period Navy uniform ("1813s") works a line during the turnaround cruise in Boston Harbor.
A Constitution sailor cleans the salute cannon while returning from its cruise in Boston Harbor, Oct. 17, 2014.
Civilian crewmembers move the salute cannon on USS Constitution after returning to dock Oct 17, 2014.
Here are some sketches and paintings from my second trip, out to the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and escort ships USS Gonzalez (DDG-66) and USS Anzio (CG-68):
Captain Stefen Walch in his chair on the bridge of USS Gonzalez (DDG-66).
Meeting of section heads in aviation on board USS Harry S. Truman.
Working the Bow-mounted Sonar aboard USS Gonzalez (DDG-66).
ABHC Reggie Barnes in Flight Deck Control verifying the numbers for the upcoming flight cycle on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).
HM2 Christina Davis working on a patient in Harry S. Truman's Dental department.
AC2 Stephen Brynes in Approach Control on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).
Truman Air Ops.
In Fire Suits during a GQ (General Quarters) Drill on USS Harry S. Truman.
Fire Drill in Aft DC (Damage Control).
"The Thinker" (a.k.a. "Are We THERE yet?!" or, "Join the NAVY, they said; See the WORLD, they said...")