20 Stunning Illustrations of US Soldiers


Well, I wanted to honor those who died and I was thinking of something that I could do, so I decided to blog about it. Here are 20 stunning illustrations of US Soldiers. Hopefully, while viewing these illustrations, we can remind ourselves of the great and ultimate sacrifice that these soldiers have given us. Let us also spend a moment to think about all those families who have just lost a loved one.

The last two designs are my favorite. The final illustration was actually created by a United States soldier who served the country in Iraq.

Note: Please click on the images to see more information and learn more about the artists.


“I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” – Nathan Hale


“It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Soldier Letter3

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.


“Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.” – Erich Fromm

Soldier Shooting5

“Only a life lived for others is worth living.” – Albert Einstein

Soldier Holding Gun6

“To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Fallen Soldier7

“We must want for others, not ourselves alone.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Soldier Running8

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pine

Soldier Standing9

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

US Soldier10

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”


“You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.” – Andrew Jackson

Soldier Stare12

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

Under Attack13

“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James

Walking in the Forest14

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” – Charles Du Bos

US Marine15

“There is no higher service than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” – Woodrow Wilson


“Sacrificing your happiness for the happiness of the one you love, is by far, the truest type of love.”


“Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.” – Henri Frederic


“Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.” – David Kenyon Webster

Saving a Life19

“In this time of war, and in memory of our fallen heroes, we must be mindful to do everything in our power to keep our troops safe as they keep us safe. We must do better to take care of their families, who sacrifice in ways too many count.” – John Kerry


“Freedom is never free.”


  1. 1 http://edde.deviantart.com/art/Grunt-74052307
  2. 2 http://anderpeich.deviantart.com/art/Tank-Hunter-91749947
  3. 3 http://cflare.deviantart.com/art/Soldier-with-letter-8974793
  4. 4 http://angusmcleod.deviantart.com/art/World-War-2-US-Soldier-33718647
  5. 5 http://williamleafe.deviantart.com/art/US-Soldier-99516243
  6. 6 http://fuchsiart.deviantart.com/art/US-M1919-A6-115368932
  7. 7 http://golfiscool.deviantart.com/art/Fallen-Soldier-81210901
  8. 8 http://the-araon.deviantart.com/art/Soldier-120645789
  9. 9 http://hermes52.deviantart.com/art/U-S-Army-Soldier-34508852
  10. 10 http://taxem.deviantart.com/art/U-S-Soldier-60405796
  11. 11 http://commissarkinyaf.deviantart.com/art/Doughboys-18967773
  12. 12 http://larrythelobster.deviantart.com/art/soldier-s-stare-104312768
  13. 13 http://daystorm.deviantart.com/art/US-Army-Ranger-28187911
  14. 14 http://jay5204.deviantart.com/art/Forest-Soldier-135844703
  15. 15 http://corsairsx.deviantart.com/art/US-Marine-44076401
  16. 16 http://madspin.deviantart.com/art/US-Marine-27174378
  17. 17 http://spooky777.deviantart.com/art/spotted-103246399
  18. 18 http://spooky777.deviantart.com/art/90-91-97229572
  19. 19 http://slshimerdla.deviantart.com/art/A-Soldier-s-Heart-9706774
  20. 20 http://wiredgear.deviantart.com/art/Elite-Soldier-92053319

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  1. 1


    Iove to read this.

  2. 52

    I think CSS frameworks can be great for beginners, but for professionals they are just “too much” and too restrictive. (Although they are still good learning material.)
    That is why I wrote one myself: CiSSi. (It is more a “master template” than a “framework”, really.)

  3. 103

    Juan Manuel Lucero

    April 14, 2008 4:38 am

    What about 960gs?
    Seems very promising too!
    960 Grid System
    It has some PDF’s to print too.

  4. 154

    Yet another framework: BlueTripCSS Link

  5. 205

    I think it’s a nice way to make all browsers understand your design the same way. Personnaly, I use typography from blue print css to get a clean design for all basic html tags then I make one of my own because I’m not used to design websites with grids yet.

  6. 256

    Not my cup of tea. I neither do templates nor web 2.0 simple-style-sites, each one of my design’s pretty different and I consider coding a site from zero as pro approach.

  7. 307

    Two Rockin’ CSS Grids mashed into one framework – 960.gs & Blueprint… http://rant.cc/TwP – 960.gs has both 12-column or 16-column grids ready to go. While Blueprint has more comprehensive element styles, a 18px baseline grid, and a few additional settings (e.g. the “pull” class to break outside the grid). So, I’ve taken the elements that I like best about each css framework and mashed them together into one.

  8. 358

    I have started looking at CSS frameworks and reset style sheets lately, and I have come to a basic conclusion.

    Why reset? Set instead. Simply put, replace your reset style sheet with one that SETs all the basic styles to the defaults you would like to start from instead. You still get a good baseline across browsers by setting all your styles to a standard format. I just don’t see the point of doing something to force me to specifically undo it later. I would much rather start with a style sheet that has a reasonable starting point that overrides the differences between browsers while at the same time making elements appear as I would expect them to everywhere.

    So how about we see the death of the reset style sheet and the birth of frameworks with set style sheets. I think I will work on creating my own set.css in the near future.

  9. 409

    very very useful articles thanks …

  10. 460

    Right now a new project has started and I compared a lot of (maybe not all) frameworks, to see wich fits my needs the most. But unfortunately none of them does fits my special needs enough to be my choice. So I have to do it by my slef again, but I’m ok with that.

    I’m not shure what to think about those resets.
    Sure, as seen above “Why reset? Set instead.”
    Reseting is too much…
    No reset messes everthing up…

    So I use to start with the reset und if a selector needs to be set I move it to my “setstyle”.
    So the reset only fixes the unused/unstyled/unset parts.

    And for now I’m doin’ well with that.

  11. 511

    Inspiring and creative article

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  14. 664

    This is completely ridiculous. There isn’t such a thing as a CSS framework. You have no configuration files and not way to interject any process.

    What we have is copy&paste. And copy pasting a few strings of text does not make a framework. Plz!!!

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    Mushex Antaranian

    February 12, 2009 6:13 pm

    thanks man, it’s really useful..
    and what about jQuery UI (Link )

  16. 766

    I like the idea of a reset css, I don’t know how fond I am of the css frameworks in general. I end up putting (with blueprint css) class=”span-10″
    How is that really any different than style=”width:400px” or even width=”400″ for that matter.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating the use of tables in layouts, rather I am saying that the point of css is to separate the data (html) from the presentation (stylesheet). A good css design should allow the designer to completely redo the design without ever needing to modify the html. Most of these frameworks don’t allow this. If you decide that you want to change the layout from a 66%/33% column layout to a 75%/25% layout then you have to modify the html. This goes against the whole purpose of css.

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    Moataz El Wesimy

    April 13, 2009 1:32 am

    a very interesting one as well is Mechano Mechano CSS Framework

    give it a look, it is not a Copy / Paste code.

    the main idea behind Mechano or any other ” Good ” CSS Framework relies on the Designer or the UI Developer who is using the framework, it is only a tool that saves your time from writing the same code each time and keeps your layout bug free with minimum effort.

  18. 868

    Nice Tutorial.

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    flexible framework Nivel Style

  20. 970

    There is also a small blueprint tutorial written in german.
    You can find it here: Link [www.cssguru.de]

  21. 1021

    Resets seemed cool to me at first but a major gripe of mine is the big mess of inherited css clogging up my firebug style panel when debugging. Anyone know how to remedy that?

  22. 1072

    ths for intro…

  23. 1123

    I used Blueprint CSS for a major website: the new CCA – Canadian Centre for Architecture. The site has a minimalist aesthetic with a lot of varying templates – over 18 basic configurations in all – that all adhere to the same basic grid – which is wrapped in a semi-liquid, multi-column layout. For the liquid elements of the site, I created my own solutions. But for most of the site BP was the obvious choice. For fixed width, pixel oriented layouts its great, and I wouldn’t characterize it as cluttered at all. As a professional with a lot of CSS experience on some very major sites, I’ve used multiple frameworks: YUI and BP, as well as my own custom CSS (which of course is required in every project, framework or no). Part of that means that if you find a framework cluttered, you un-clutter it a bit – its provided as is, its your responsibility, if you’re using it to clean if up if you see fit. Now, I’m going to go into a bit of a rant about frameworks here.

    To be honest, I find the whole idea that frameworks aren’t for professionals to be utter BS. YUI is developed by a major corporation that is a cornerstone of the net as we know it and is used by Yahoo on all of their sites… I doubt anyone here would consider them unprofessional. YUI is great by the way for liquid layouts – I used it on a very complicated (layout wise) site created for the Quebec government. Furthermore, BP has been used on many a major project, which presumably were all overseen by professionals like myself. As with any code, you must re-factor, and customize, and ultimately it should be minimized/compressed, but the idea that BP or YUI are not production ready is ludicrous. If you make the effort, either of these frameworks are more then flexible enough to handle just about any layout. To some extent, I think that the bias against frameworks boils down to arrogance. Face it, there are a million ways to skin a cat but speaking as a ‘pro’, there’s always a good chance someone else has figured out how to do it better, and by not acknowledging that you’re just shooting yourself in the foot. I could site a million examples of this, but I’ll just name a few from a different little world – JavaScript. How many ‘pros’ would care to try to reinvent all of the methods, objects and functions provided by: EXTJS, Mootools, JQuery?? The answer is probably zero. Sure, thousands of people patch, create modules, or customize all of the above (I have myself) but throw them out entirely because it seems some how more professional, no way! Oh yeah, and one more little example you might of heard of: Ruby on Rails! In my experience professionals use the tools that get the job done, and do not dogmatically adhere to only one approach. Just my opinion I guess, but one that I think is widely shared in other languages/technologies and ought to be more prevalent in CSS.

  24. 1174

    I totally agree with you. I work with CSS since a long time, and i think that the framework approach can be used in a very interesting way. There’s only place for improvements, and someone had to prepare the ground..

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    Umm, interesting, I cn consider myself a CSS-noob, I’ll try the BlueprintCSS framework, seems interesing.

    Will try!

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    RobotAyatollah got it right. A professional uses the best tool for the job giving the customer the best value for their money. To say that professionals don’t or shouldn’t use a framework is like telling a carpenter not to use an air nailer because you can do the same job from scratch, ie. use a hammer. Sometimes no doubt the good old hammer is called for. But it’s also clear there are many times the air nailer is the superior tool and should be used. The customer is nearly always only interested in getting the most for their money and if using a framework to get the job done quicker without paying a maintenance or performance penalty then it’s the right thing to do.

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    RobotAyatollah : I totally agree with you. As a new CSS developer I feel that some frameworks do an excellent work. Why people try to reinvent the wheel only to prove their are good, or professional enough?

    The final product and the result matters.

    And If myself as a new developer, manage to create a superb project with the help of a framework that it will take the same time as it will take for A PROFESSIONAL to build from scratch, then really who is the winner?

    By the way RobotAyatollah I love your work. Great stuff !!

  28. 1378

    Thanks for the tribute and for putting it together. It is really touching. I think my favorite is the second from the last. It says so much.
    .-= Douglas Neiner´s latest Blog Entry – Email and a Business Manager =-.

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    Yes, that second one is one of my favorites as well. It is done so well. I can’t even imagine how long it took to do that. The author says it took her 50+ hours.

  30. 1480

    Very nice! love these illustrations and the different styles used, excellent memorial.
    .-= loswl´s latest Blog Entry – Free Motion Graphics Backgrounds of Zach Fonville =-.

  31. 1531

    Thank you to the men and women that put their lives on the line for us!

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    “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
    the image is best and the sentence
    .-= beijingphoto´s latest Blog Entry – Teapot Crafts =-.

  33. 1633

    @Noel – Just checked out your portfolio site and it looks awesome. Very unique!

  34. 1684

    Excellent collection. A very fitting post indeed. Some of the drawings have phenomenal detail!

  35. 1786

    That’s truly stunning illustrations. But I think the quote is even better.

  36. 1837

    Wow, excellent, but even more, moving! Very nice collection!
    .-= Brandon Cox´s latest Blog Entry – Introducing a Community Blogging Links Feed =-.

  37. 1888

    These are wonderful drawings of our US military might. I loved everyone of them…I have three sons in the military…my oldest son, the US COAST GUARD(8YRS)…my middle son, US AIRFORCE(1YR), my youngest son,US COAST GUARD(6YRS). Our US military is made up of different races…and all put their lives on the front line to keep America a safe place to live, as well as other countries. Next time, add a little more variety that shows the diversity that make up our US military might, including women.

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    @Do & @Brandon – Thanks for the comments.

    @LAKERSTYLE – Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. I would add a little more diversity but these are the best that I could find. :)

  39. 1990

    Great thing,thank you :)

  40. 2041

    I’m a military artist based in Houston Tx. and I would love to share my work with you. How can I post my paintings on this page?

  41. 2092

    Can any one suggest me which one is easy and flexible framework ?

  42. 2143

    Nice article. thanks for sharing….

  43. 2194

    Nice artilce

  44. 2245

    Wow! What great artwork.

  45. 2296

    …the web is the biggest farce for layout problems known to mankind.

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    …in fact alot of the layout issues known for web are to do with microsoft, they have a lot to answer for with regards web users and designers alike. If anything…microsoft do very little to help make the web move forward toward a standardised situation, but rather hinder the basics…also the fact that web browser developers can’t bash their heads together for once, goes some way to indicating what sort of organizations and personalities your up against…total joke!

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    Hey i really like your illustrations they are really cool ….well i design cars or i am doing studies on transportation ..and at the moment i am in a competition designing a combat support vehicle …i want to get permission if i can use some of these images on my entry here is a link for my entry …( http://www.local-motors.com/entry.php?e=3211 ) basically we are allowed to update our designs , we can comment and submit images so i am working on my update and i saw these images they work with my entry ,…let me know what you think and feel free to ask further questions

    Thank you

  48. 2449

    the coolest pictures i ever saw. i drawed some of the
    them .

  49. 2500

    Awesome! thanks for creating this write up!


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