The emotional side of war fascinates me. I can’t even begin to imagine the struggle that soldiers must have to have with themselves before they are ready to face death and potentially kill others, it’s a whole other battle in itself. WW1 is especially poignant. Waiting for the shell barrage to cease, going over the top, running the minefield of shells, mud, craters, the dead and being awaited by the merciless machine guns… I can’t even come close to imagining how mentally overwhelming it would’ve been.
One of the first book illustration assignments I received at university. I had to illustrate scenes from Michael Morpurgo’s book ‘Private Peaceful’ which follows the story of two brothers and their journey from childhood to going on to fight in WW1. The story captures the emotions and horrors of war well which I then tried to achieve in my illustrations.