During the War of the American Revolution, the Continental Army was an integrated army, with men of both European and African descent serving side by side in the same units. According to a Hessian eyewitness, "No regiment is to be seen in which there are not negroes in abundance: and among them are able-bodied, strong, and brave fellows."
The integrated part played by the African American soldiers in the Continental Army was one which, sadly, would not be repeated until after the Second World War.
Ensigns and the Regimental Colours of the 57th Regiment of Foot, c. 1775.
This is actually a detail of a much larger work of mine which at this time I'm unable to reproduce of due to it's size. But I think the cropping I had to do has made for a more interesting composition.
And so it was, America had won her independence from Britain. But the young nation had little time to celebrate, for from the edge of the Universe came a frightening menace. As George Washing-tron leads America's armies into their first space war, the super genius Benjamin Franklin had discovered a way to harness the limitless power of the Patriot Atoms. Using his immense skills, he crafted a robot in his own image: Ben Robo. Together, he and George Washington, along with a time-displaced Lincolnvoy, must fight to ensure the future of America and Freedom. Go! Mechamericanize! Ben Robo!
Part of my first project for Advanced Illustration this semester. We were told to illustrate 6 portraits of persons (living or dead) who we would want to have as "Facebook Friends."
My favorite of all the illustrations I did was of the United States' 26th president - Theodore Roosevelt. This guy was pretty much the most hardcore, kick-ass president ever. I'm reading a biography about him by Douglas Brinkley (fittingly titled The Wilderness Warrior), and let me tell you, Teddy was full of vigor and wit!
This was painted with Copic sketch markers on marker paper in a matter of 3 hours. I was SO HIGHafterwards...