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THE SKIPPER |

February 23, 2007

THE SKIPPER
Name: MARINE COMBAT ARTIST Michael Fay
Posting date: 2/23/07
Returned from: Iraq
Milblog url: http://mdfay.blogspot.com


For the past few weeks, I've researched and begun trying my hand at sculpture. Here's a series of images showing the progression of my first piece, a haggard rifle company commander. Over the years I've tended to focus almost exclusively on sergeants and below -- the grunts. But I've also carefully observed the late-twenty-something captains who carry the burden of command with weary grace. The young Marines are lovingly lead by and often painfully mourned by their commanding officer, "the Skipper". A term both respectful and filled with warmth, it's the un-official moniker for a Marine captain.Framed_fay_skipper_1_3
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Comments

Wow... Great work... Thanks

Fascinating. I like the unfinished (next to last) image as well. It has a certain ambiguity that is very affecting. How will the piece be finished - cast in what material?

Dear Michael, You are amazingly talented. A great piece of work. I wish you luck in your chosen field.

This is a wonderful piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.

I was very impressed with your art, but when I went to your blog I was taken, you will be watched... I like what I read and what I see. My only comment about the Skipper was that I had never seen a Marine with that much hair on his head but what do I know? Very nice work in the writing and the art, and I understood immediately the comments about the Moms while you were recuiting. All the way!

Amazing talent! The last figure in particular displays total physical and emotional fatigue.

What a wonderful sculpture. The face has so much expression and spirit. It breathes.

Wonderful work Michael. Your eye for emotional and physical presence has translated well to your new medium. I'm not sure where you are right now, but when you get back to Pennsylvania, drop by Penn State. We love it when our alumni come home.

Dear Michael, You are amazingly talented. A great piece of work. I wish you luck in your chosen field.

If you like I would like to join you and help you with some good articles on a similar topic.Can I help you in any way - articles/videos/tips/hints etc? I hope we can make this site a real treasure to all that visit. Please contact me on my e-mail for further negotiation.

I just came by your article and it get my attention. i thought I'd leave my first comment just to appreciate the hard work you done.

The young Marines are lovingly lead by and often painfully mourned by their commanding officer, "the Skipper".

A term both respectful and filled with warmth, it's the un-official moniker for a Marine captain.

Over the years I've tended to focus almost exclusively on sergeants and below -- the grunts.

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