Sketchbook: World War I Soldier

A while back I watched Peter Jackson’s excellent documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old”. It made me realize soldiers in WWI don’t get enough credit. Soldiers from World War II get tons of movies and books and accolades, and rightly so. But the soldiers from the previous war were just as heroic, and in some ways suffered worse. Trenches were cold and disgusting and full of disease and downright awful. So, I thought I’d take a crack at drawing a tough looking soldier from “the Great War”.

(Also, there was a lot of pipe smoking during WWI which I think always looks cool.)