I know this is really late, but better late than never. I really do want to give proper thanks to the artist. The dog itself was drawn by Paulo Liete (@Thek560 on Twitter). He focuses on Dinosaurs and Science Fiction, but he was more than eager to tackle this for me. He did a great job, and was SO easy to work with. Great communication, fair prices, and quick turnaround too! I’ve gotten work from him before for another project, so as you can tell I certainly recommend him. I plan to get more done from him in the future as well.
Brief History of Dogs in Warfare
I chose a dog for a few reasons. Mainly because dogs have been used in war throughout history, and it was difficult finding something that didn’t limit myself to a certain era. Dogs have been used in battle as early as 600 BC, and employed by armies across the world. Ancient commanders such as Atilla the Hun and Napolean made use of dogs in their armies. There were a multitude of uses for dogs as well, from fighting back in the time of Rome, to message couriers during the U.S. Civil War. Today we see dogs used for explosives (IED) sniffing. They are very versatile tools. I also wanted dogs because I love them. I’ve had dogs my whole life. I wanted a German Shepard specifically because it is probably the most recognizable breed in a war-time role, although Belgian Malinois are what you see most of today.
I took my new artwork and tried to continue the war theme. I found some photos via public domain and meshed it together with my new artwork. I tried a few different colors and effects. I’m not an artist, but I’m also not made of money. I do hope to have something ‘professionally’ done eventually. My goal is later this year, but we’ll see how life goes. Click through and check out larger images!