|Click to Enlarge "Uncle Willie as I Last Saw Him" by E.P. Hill 1943 Collection Laura Levine|
There was plenty of time to hone drawing skills. Thankfully many battles were brief, though brutal…and pencil and paper was frequently available.
I've written about foxhole art before…but mostly for the other blog. The number of accomplished cartoonists and illustrators who emerged after the war is considerable. Many had their art careers disrupted by the war, others picked up their skills painting on duffel bags for friends. Those with talent could trade a pinup for smokes. For some it was the aluminum media of glamour girls done on the noses of bombers. Many returning vets enrolled in commercial art programs, others did it by falling for those cheap "Learn to Draw" ads in the back of magazines.
One could look up Emil P. Hill and see if he served with distinction, if he made it home, and if he pursued his art career. I hope he did all three.
"Uncle Willie as I Last Saw Him" by Emil P. Hill II Collection Laura Levine Pencil on Paper 1943
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A few other examples of Trench Art, or what could also be dubbed "Foxhole Art" appears HERE HERE HERE HERE