Sherman Book Artwork https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/ Sherman Book Artwork Sherman Unrep with Marias 1st draft 1st Sherman story page Mar 5, 2016 5:37 AM I just completed an experimental first page of a book capturing USCG Sherman's 1970 Vietnam history. My inspiration being "A Sailor's Story" and "Zero" (See include links to the inspirational authors influencing my plans at the bottom) I am fortunate to have collected a lot of the Sherman's early history, with the help of the ship's crew and officers. I'm counting on your feedback and support as I share drafts! Your comments, suggestions, corrections are welcome. If you have additional sea stories and photos from the early years, please share them! The more participation the better and more complete our story .. our history. I want to thank the three crew members that contributed to this first page. The artwork and text is based on Sherman Newsletter #5 written by Captain Paul Lutz and illustrated by our ships very talented artist Manny Angeles AEC retired. I also want to thank Jack Schneider BM3 for providing me with a notarized copy of his personal journal documenting the four years he served on the Sherman. Another important reason for this posting so I can make a public commitment to write / draw a history book for our years on the Sherman and share it with crew members on the Sherman Website and Facebook. Sometimes I need some encouragement maybe even a kick in the butt .. I want to have a published copy to hand crew members at an upcoming Sherman reunion! So In addition to this Photo Album, I will be posting to a new and updated Sherman Reunion page on Face Book becuase face book event pages see much more traffic and very easy to makes comments! The Graphic History of a WW2 Destroyer "A Sailors Story": http://www.amazon.com/Sailors-Story-Dover-Graphic-Novels/dp/0486798127 The Ipad interactive book "Zero": https://www.behance.net/gallery/1216525/Zero-iPad-book https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201232003 201232003 Manny Angeles original Unrep with Marias Artwork Manny is a great artist and his drawings perfectly complemented Captain Paul Lutz's Sherman Newsletters home to our families. I have copies of all the newsletters, but alas they are mostly 2nd and 3rd generation Xerox copies of copies not doing justice to Manny's wonderfully artistic drawings. At our last reunion in Portland Maine I asked Manny about using his newsletters in my graphical history of the Sherman and if he had the originals. He didn't have any of his originals! I think he told me the original drawings went to the Captain at the time the newsletters were sent out. Captain Lutz's daughter recently sent me all her copies of the Newsletters, but again no originals. So I did my best to recreate Manny's awesome artwork and remain as true the the original as possible even though I consider myself more of a illustrator than a artist! :-). Captain Lutz wrote 11 Newsletters in the four years he served as the first CO of the Sherman .. and Manny Angeles drew 34 full page illustrations of events and ports of call during those years! .. Thank You Manny! BTW I Scanned all the Newsletters and recreated all 11 as PDF's ... I think I still have them posted in Documents on this website ... ready to be downloaded if you are interested. https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201232418 201232418 The Drawing Process The finished illustration is actually several separate pieces of art that I draw on its own layer. https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201664437 201664437 The Drawing Process This is a screen shot of my Ipad while I have the "layers" menu open to show all the separate elements of art I draw to create a finished illustration. Use this link to learn more about Procreate http://procreate.si/ https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201664673 201664673 Market Time Patrol Another graphic for the Sherman Book ... My intention was to recreate the Sherman 1970 VN Cruise book, the project keeps expanding with additional art and certainly more narrative .. with the help of crew members ... I'm still in the experimental stage .. we did a lot of night operations ... wondering how best to illustrate a white ship at " 0-Zero-Hundred" .. this snippet of the Deck Log entry is accurate .. I just left out a lot of military detail .. Actually I draw the art work in high definition ... lose considerable of the detail when I shrink them down to fit into a "panel" ... for you crew members that were there .. I welcome critical guidance as to accuracy .. this was original posted on my Face Book page ... but may move to more of a blog site for better feed back from our 1970 Sherman crew to correct historical facts. https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663835 201663835 One of the main layers I created a silhouette of the Sherman running at night for the Market Time Patrol illustration . I want to make renditions of the Trawler Incident night paintings that were commissioned a year after the fact and painted by an artist that was not there ... I understand that photos that were taken that night were confiscated the next day for security? https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201664436 201664436 Sailing West into the Setting Sun! Another Sherman Graphic for your viewing pleasure! .. I haven't been drawing daily as I desire .. "life" keeps diverting my plans! The inspiration for panel is taken from a personal journal entry by crew member BM2 Jack Schneider. Jack served his entire enlistment on the Sherman and he kept a log from the day he enlisted to the day he was discharged 4 years later - Amazing dedication! Wish I was that consistent! ... Thank you Jack for giving me permission to refer to your log book entries for all the Sherman's assignments, dates and locations. I do most of my artwork with my Ipad Pro and the new Apple pencil in an application "Procreate" I then save the artwork to my main computer and use a program "Comic Life" to format frame and add text to the drawing. I should rethink my workflow and goals .. Typical for me, instead of a simple drawing to tell the story and move on, each of my drawings takes on a life of its own and becomes a little work of art that I lavish hours on! A this rate I'll take years to finish my proposed "Ships Story" .. But I love the process! https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663836 201663836 Our Dedication pg1 of the Sherman Cruisebook Starting at the Beginning! I have been illustrating pages in no particular order for the proposed Sherman 1970 (Graphic) cruise book (re-visited) ... In fact I haven't even settled on a Sherman book title yet ... I have been basically experimenting with "getting my ducks in a row" playing with what is the best way to organize my efforts on this project. "Failing Forward" - Creating pages as I have ideas. Maybe a good idea is to start at the beginning of the Cruise book! After all the Cruise book the main core of our story ... so I recreated page one of the "CGC Sherman Viet Nam 1970" Cruise Book! I plan to continue in that manner enhancing the art and photos and the narrative .. while staying historically accurate! https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663840 201663840 The original "Our Dedication" Page 1 Over the past 45 years my copy of the Sherman Cruise book has really seen some wear and tear! https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663838 201663838 My battered cruise book I guess I'm lucky I still have a copy ... I found out some of our 1970 crew never even received a copy (left the ship early during out-chop) others loaned out their copy to never see it again .. or the book just got misplaced over the ensuing years! Creating a Cruise book revisited is my goal! Hopefully I have the time, energy and motivation as well as support of our crew members! I would like to give all the surviving crew a copy! https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663839 201663839 My project Journal for the Sherman Book To track all my ideas and resources not only do I have files on my computers ..I really prefer real pages and pencils! .. So I made a special journal for the Sherman project. the cover is a painting from a bow photo that CWO4 Carroll Schroeder took at Base Boston in 1968. You may have noticed I used this painting in the background of the "Our Dedication" page https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663837 201663837 Re creating some of my favorite art With everything going digital .. even art! ... especially with the newest generation of art tools replacing paper and pencil (still my favorite medium) ... but pencil is hard to digitize ! Just recently Apple came out with the iPad pro with a incredible resolution on a screen 12.5 inches ..just like a piece of paper .. and to go with the digital paper a digital pencil, the Apple Pencil ... each can do amazing things far beyond what is possible with traditional materials! You still have to have some (or a lot) of artistic talent to produce good artwork ... the software does not draw for you ... and there still a huge learning curve to do the pro stuff with the new drawing tools ... I'm loving the learning process! https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663874 201663874 My Art / Illustration process I don't watch much TV ... but I sure spend time staring at computer screens! .. I like to think of them as my electronic artist's easels .. My Artist's "Man Cave" https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663950 201663950 My 2016 Rendition of Mannys Flag Page 9 I was reading that a good productive artist should/could/would complete one page of a Graphic book a day ... and I have been taking a week on some of the newsletter pages (Steep learning curve) .. So today I decided to make a draft cover for the "Sherman Book" .. using page 9 of the 1970 Vietnam cruise book, another excellent design by my favorite artist Manny Angeles. Tried to finish the cover art today I'm getting better and faster, but near the finish, got all involved with how to illustrate the lines to the flags .. I even drew the grommets and brass clips for the flags (OCD?) ,,, the flags are floating until I draw in some authentic line! .. maybe with a half hitch around the the bar under the title .. I will sleep on it! .. Enjoy!! .. BTW ... with one page a day I'll be finished in less than a year! https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663876 201663876 The Original Flag page by Manny Angeles Manny and I were both contributors to the original artwork in the 1970 cruise book... Manny was far and away the more accomplished artist. Manny was role model when it came to drawing and design! I particularly love his Flags "splash" page announcing "Our Story" in the very first section of the Sherman cruise book https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718387 203718387 Unrep Breakaway newsletter art An update on the Unrep Breakaway newsletter art in which Snoopy the Ships mascot was created .. still thinking about how this will fit in the Sherman book .. a lot of information will be included with this graphic (Explaining to non-crew members what is a unrep? and break away!) .. thinking I will break down the page into several frames (points of view) with captions ... I've started putting crew members on the ship to zoom up to later in the story .. etc .. a work in progress. I am fortunate to have collected a lot of the Sherman's early history, with the help of the ship's crew and officers. I'm counting on your feedback and support as I share drafts! Your comments, suggestions, corrections are welcome. If you have additional sea stories and photos from the early years, please share them! The more participation the better and more complete our story .. our history. I want to thank the three crew members that contributed to this first page. The artwork and text is based on Sherman Newsletter #5 written by Captain Paul Lutz and illustrated by our ships very talented artist Manny Angeles AEC retired. I also want to thank Jack Schneider BM3 for providing me with a notarized copy of his personal journal documenting the four years he served on the Sherman. Another important reason for this posting so I can make a public commitment to write / draw a history book for our years on the Sherman and share it with crew members on the Sherman Website: http://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo? and a new Facebook Reunion Event page. On huge projects like this I will need some encouragement maybe even a kick in the butt ..I want to have a published copy to hand crew members at an upcoming Sherman reunion https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663951 201663951 Original Unrep Breakaway newsletter art The original artwork by Manny was given our Captain Paul Lutz to included in the Newsletters sent home to our families. I believe Manny said all the originals were kept by the Captain .. all we have is xerox copies of copies most are almost unreadable ... yet another reason I want to restore them for posterity! https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201664335 201664335 Art into Graphic Book pages The planned destination for my on-going CGC Sherman artwork is to build a book, a graphic history of the first few years of the cutter 1968 - 1971.. the years I served on the ship. I have been testing out different software and processes ... even testing my Mac vs my Ipad vs my windows computer .. getting them to play nice and do what they each do best! Below is my proof of concept .. I'm posting my first page from recent artwork .. using a "best of class" trial software "Comic life" I'm planning to purchase (not sure weather it works better with Windows or Mac) .. Breaking down the artwork into "panels" so it can better tell our story ... I'm also having a good time researching for in-depth details I can add as factoids to side panels and captions. Working my way through a self paced 15 week course "Drawing with Words Writing Pictures" ... As I get more to share, hope to have the help support and guidance from Sherman crew members ... I only saw and experienced from my point of view a small slice of our time on the Sherman. All suggestions and historical contributions welcomed! GO here to learn more about Comic Life: https://plasq.com/apps/comic https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201664316 201664316 Snoopy 720 Break Away Flag Art I actually drew this rendition of the Snoopy "Leaving on a Jet Plane" illustration back in 2012 for the Sherman Reunion in San Diego ... https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663877 201663877 Snoopy 720 Break Away coffee cup We wanted to make a bunch of coffee cups for the crew .. but we didn't follow through because of so many other reunion concerns and deadlines at the time .. I still think it's a good idea! DC Chief Ozzie Oswalt made this cup for me from the Snoopy artwork. https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201664317 201664317 Up on Jets at GITMO This is a work in progress (but stalled) ... I drew this illustration with an original photo taken when Sherman at flank speed. Sherman was engaged in a USN anti aircraft drill during GITMO training. During the drill, our Mount 51 amazingly scored a succession of bulls-eyes on a metal target being towed by a Navy Prop plane, As I remeber, not only did we hit the target we even knocked off a couple chunks of the towing cable ... I think this photo was taken when a Navy Jet did some close fly bys to remind Sherman who was boss after we destroyed their target. I not sure of the details, but scuttle butt had us attempting to track the jet when it buzzed us with our gunfire director and because of the jet's great speed, the GFD the ran the 51 mount into its stops violently ... The jet was just too fast for our WW2 vintage equipment to track... So this is where I need some expert advice to put a narrative with this illustration ..Is this story accurate? Any Gunners Mates remember the details? At any rate, I sure love drawing the Sherman's rooster tail and the sun on the ocean ... https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=201663949 201663949 USCGC Sherman Black tee-shirt I bought this tee shirt off the internet ... via Face book ... took a photo of the shirt before the artwork started fading in the wash and dry cycles! cleaned up the photo in Photoshop so I could use the artwork as the "group" photo on the Sherman Facebook page ... I klike changing the group photo every few weeks https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718567 203718567 Gunfire Support Area 9 Vietnam Again this is based on one of Manny Angeles pencil drawings for the CO's newsletter home to our families https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718568 203718568 Newsletter 3 page 1 Another great drawing by Sherman crew member Manny Angles drew original artwork of our Fleet training group (FTG) drills af GITMO ... this one was "ASW" anti-submarine warfare drills with the now obsolete "Hedgehog" depth charges. https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718569 203718569 Always Ready The third verse in "Semper Paratus" frame over the Sherman on night patrol https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718570 203718570 Trying out cover designs based on the sinking of the "Infiltration Trawler" Vietnam November 1970 .. the background is the actual chart plotting of the Sherman's movements that fateful night. Trying out cover designs based on the sinking of the "Infiltration Trawler" Vietnam November 1970 .. the background is the actual chart plotting of the Sherman's movements that fateful night. https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718571 203718571 Trying out cover designs based on the sinking of the "Infiltration Trawler" Vietnam November 1970 .. the background is the actual chart plotting of the Sherman's movements that fateful night. Trying out cover designs based on the sinking of the "Infiltration Trawler" Vietnam November 1970 .. the background is the actual chart plotting of the Sherman's movements that fateful night. https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718572 203718572 Sherman FB Group photo art Sherman FB Group photo art for New Years 2017 going over the international dateline https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718573 203718573 Sherman FB Group photo art Sherman FB Group photo art for the 4th of July https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718796 203718796 Sherman FB Group photo art Sherman FB Group photo art for the crew on Thanksgiving ... Yes, the timeless Cutter made it into the harbor :-) https://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203718797 203718797