Willi Meuller was my wife's great grandfather. He and his family fled Germany as refugees during World War II, eventually settling in Canada where my wife calls home. My mother-in-law commissioned me to illustrate her grandfather in a realistic digital painting, a first for me back in 2007.
It's amazing to look back and remember painting this without the use of a Wacom Tablet. Using Adobe Photoshop, this work of art was created using the good 'ol USB mouse with more clicks than I care to remember. It was exhausting, but my patience won out and it turned out quite accurate to the faded reference photo.
My wife and I are currently working on a new graphic novel, telling the story of Willi's young son, Harry, during the Great Prussian Offensive and their life on the run in war torn Europe. Too soon to give a release date, but it's in the works!