Charles Upham VC and Bar by Kaitlin Beckett

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Captain Charles Upham VC and Bar (September 21, 1908 – November 22, 1994) was a New Zealand soldier who earned the Victoria Cross twice during the Second World War: in Crete in May 1941, and at Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt, in July 1942. He was only the third person to receive the VC twice, the only person to receive two VCs during the Second World War and the only combat soldier to receive the award twice. more

New Zealand’s most highly decorated war hero.

Charcoal, white conte crayon and graphic pen on brown paper.

This was drawn from a famous 1941 photo taken of Charles Upham on the field – original photographer unknown. The original photo was used with the kind permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library of New Zealand.

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  • Lisadee Lisa Defazio
    Lisadee Lisa D...over 7 years ago

    Beautiful sensitive portrait, great subject too.

  • ozjami
    ozjamiover 7 years ago

    excellant sketch!

  • Paul Louis Villani
    Paul Louis Vil...over 7 years ago

    It certainly is different yet, still your amazing talent shines through!
    Love the subject and color!

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 7 years ago

    A very effective technique and so well drawn.

  • Dakolina
    Dakolinaover 7 years ago

    I’ll go google Captain Charles, I certainly agree with paul. excellent work

  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
    Heather Rivet...over 7 years ago


  • Kaitlin Beckett
    Kaitlin Beckettover 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone, this one was fun. I normally draw on white paper, I guess I always have it lying around…but I chose brown this time cause I was thinking about desert sands etc. and with the brown you can add the white highlights. There will be more coming…

  • JennyH
    JennyHover 7 years ago

    Wow – complete contrast but just as amazing. This is awesome. Perfectly placed on perfect paper for the sketch. Prefection allover – it is fantastic. Hope to see more work like this from you!

  • Kaitlin Beckett
    Kaitlin Beckettover 7 years ago

    I believe my next project is to be Rommel (the Desert Fox).

  • kafka
    kafkaover 7 years ago

    Very good drawing!

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