Military Matters: Artist Captures Life Of Soldiers
Sergeant First Class David Geig says drawing is second nature to him.
"If I can see it, I can recreate it," he said.
He also says he's a soldier first.
And that shows in the photo-realistic pencil drawings he does.
"I enjoy drawing and I enjoy representing soldiers and what they do and it's very flattering that people want to hang it up," he said.
People do want to hang it up.
The Military Police platoon sergeant's commander arranged to have prints of his drawings hung in the Fort Drum building where he works.
Geig has also been commissioned by the Mental Health Association in Jefferson County to do a drawing of the soldier in an iconic photo from the Iraq war - and the namesake of the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer to Peer counseling program being launched in the new Veterans Outreach Center opening in Watertown next week.
"Oh, I was super excited. Very humbled and I certainly appreciate being a part of such a wonderful program," he said.
Geig says he finds art to be very therapeutic himself; he drew quite a bit during his own deployment to Iraq.
"My guys mostly in action is what I was focused on," he said.
His goal is to eventually represent all the different groups that make up the U.S. Army - not just infantry, but the finance corps, transportation corps and medics - just to name a few.
"There's a lot of heroes that don't get the recognition. It's just day to day work for them and I like to try and capture that," he said.
All of Geig's drawings are fittingly done with an Army mechanical pencil.