Absolutely capturing. The piece itself is incredibly stirring, especially the use of color - the sky in the background could be the coming dawn, it could be the last flares of the star shells, and it doesn't seem like it could matter to those two.
Very accurate, well researched on the uniforms, too.
And the commentary - the sense that there is "nothing to write home about", because how could you possibly describe it, or want your family or your lover to know what's going on around you? So you say it's not that bad. Ugh.
Wonderfully done. Where did you set it? It looks a bit like Flanders.
Thank you for more comprehensive feedback! I like it when people actually tell me what they like or dislike in my works. Much more constructive than "OMG! That's awesome!!!" or just "XD". The setting is not pin pointed beyond "Western Front". Flanders fields is a good guess, but maybe the terrain is not flat enough. In the background I've tried to make something like hills with destroyed trees on them, like those in Verdun or Aisne. Like I already replied to PavelKirilovich earlier there, I got the idea from All Quiet on the Western Front. While on the convalescence leave, facing his family first time in years Paul Baumer notices how far from the civilian life he has drifted. His sick mother talks about the tales that the returned wounded tell; about the mud, rats, machine guns and gas attacks and Paul downplay them as mere rumours. He didn't want the folks back home to worry so much. I have somewhat similar atmosphere in my charcoal drawing "Alone".
You are quite welcome. While your work is awesome, I think with this kind of material calls for a thoughtful response, and so that is what I give.
It strongly reminded me of All Quiet, and I was wondering if that was the inspiration for the piece. I think my comments on "nothing to write home about" are mostly the same as the ones I left on "Alone".
I just read a book on Verdun. It's a common theme in soldier's letters to downplay the danger or problems at the front, even in a battle as intense as the 1916 fighting for Verdun. Another excellent piece. German Infantry kit didn't change much between the wars, I've now noticed.
What was the book? I got the idea from All Quiet on the Western Front, when Paul Baumer on the convalescence leave faces his remaining family first time in years. He notices how far from the civilian life he has stranded. His sick mother talks about the tales that the returned wounded tell; about the mud, rats, machine guns and gas attacks and Paul (as you mentioned) downplay them as mere rumours... Of course, I can understand one didn't want the folks back home to worry so much.