This story is not as well known as others because of it's classified status for so long.
I made this illustration because I was inspired by a documentary I recently watched on the subject. It was the story of the US Army's 23rd Special Troops unit, made up of 1,100 artist and illustrators. Their mission was to deceive the German forces by creating a "ghost army"The visual deception arm of the Ghost Army was the 603rd Camouflage Engineers. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio broadcasts, and 500 pound speakers to project sounds of an army that really wasn't there. Over the course of WWII they staged more than 20 operations and their actions saved between 15,000 and 30,000 U.S. lives. Many of the members of the special unit went on to have careers in the arts, including painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly and fashion designer Bill Blass, wildlife artist Arthur Singer and Art Kane were among the many artists who served in the 603rd. [link]
I chose watercolors for this because It was stated they also brought watercolors along with pencils and ball point pens that they would use their spit to create various shading techniques. [link]
Preview of Documentary [link]