Aktion: Official Artstuff [Illustrations, Sk...
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"Official Artstuff" is a companion guide to my illustrated novel, "Aktion: Voluntary Executioners of WWII". Check out my sketchbook, and get a "behind the scenes" look at the "making of" my illustrations! Each chapter will showcase a different "Day's" illustration/s at each stage of completion (linework -> color w/o BG -> color w/ BG + closeups). 😊 I draw using traditional media: Copic markers, Copic multiliners, mechanical pencil, paint pens and gel pens.
AKTION SYNOPSIS: "...Drink until you stop hearing their screams and you forget their faces..." -Ulrich Müller
[Nazi-occupied Ukraine, 1941]Aleks Yovenko is a young Ukrainian man who eagerly joins the Auxiliary Police, unsure of what he's *really* signing up for... His volunteer service places him in one of many mobile death squads dispatched throughout the German-occupied Eastern Territories during WWII. "Aktion" chronicles the lives of Aleks and the other Einsatzgruppen soldiers, as they struggle to cope with the unspeakable acts of violence they are forced to commit on a daily basis.
[Characters, story, and art are my original creations, but based heavily on actual historical events during WWII. My characters belong to a fictional Einsatzkommando subunit of Einsatzgruppe C, which actually existed and operated in Northern/Central Ukraine. FOR MATURE READERS ONLY!!! Illustrations contain graphic violence,disturbing/shocking/offensive scenes, and some adult situations This story is historical, NOT political; views expressed by the characters accurately reflect their historical context. I don't aim to justify, minimize, condone or promote the story's ideas or events!]
Don't worry, the illustrations aren't as graphic as the actual story!!! 😅 However, there is still plenty of violence, blood, potentially offensive imagery, and content best suited to a mature audience.