Sketch Number 8 - A reduced reproduction of the enlarged machine gunner


Sketch 8 is an enlargement of the photo of the hero with the girls and soldiers in the preceding sketch traced in the background. The back of this sketch was scumbled in pencil for the final tracing on illustration board. The halftone reproduction below shows the painting at this stage.

This shows how the illustration looked when the figures were finished, but before the foliage was added


The final step was to organize the foliage so it would discreetly -- and partially -- hide the native girls, conceal the GI from the enemy, and still allow the reader to see what was going on. This was worked out in the sketch below on tracing paper directly over the illustration.

This is a sketch of the foliage to be traced over the finished figures