Tracy Sugarman, WW2 veteran artist

Book Review, Editorial/opinion | January 18, 2006 | By

World War II artist: Tracy Sugarman

If you’re like me, there’s nothing more interesting than peeking inside someone else’s journal or travel diary to see life through their eyes at a particular time and place. That’s why I’ve been getting so much enjoyment from Tracy Sugarman’s drawings and watercolors from the Library of Congress “Experiencing War” Veteran’s History Project, documented by the US Library of Congress.

You’ll find 85 drawings and paintings at that address which portray life in the Navy before, during and after D-Day. You’re going to want to spend some time there, and the pictures can be enlarged quite a bit to see detail. Sugarman served for three years and I believe he is still living as the website shows no date of death.

This one is particularly interesting because you can see how he did his underdrawing before applying paint.


  1. shavenwarthog
    January 19, 2006

    neat! I find artist’s sketches fascinating, as you can see how they think and feel. Drawings and paintings are often so polished they leave me cold.

    I have sketchbooks by Alexander Calder, Paul “Church of the SubGenius” Mavrides, R. Crumb, and Art Spiegelman. They’re all fascinating! The book “The Unseen Van Gogh” focused on very small portions of his paintings, making the details really stand out.

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