Hermes' Wings

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Uncategorized Drawings

The Bathyscaphe TriesteThe deep sea submarine was designed by the Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard. On 23 January 1960 Jacques Piccard (on far side, Auguste’s son) and U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh, used it to explore the Marianas trench and the Challenger Deep, where they noted that small flounder and other marine animals existed, proving that life could persist at such crushing depths of the ocean. The ascent back to the surface took over three hours.


The Sow LimousineThis drawing was for a friend’s book. The (true) story is a quintessentially Texas one in which a man buys and puts in the back seat of his sparkling 1950’s Chevrolet, only to have the pig mess up back seat and wind up on the man’s lap on the drive home.



The daughter of a friend.


Reenacting old gloryA Civial war re-enactor hitches a ride through a long gone battlefield, now occupied by modern America.


L Detachment, 2nd Special Air Service Group, North Africa, 1942

Drawn from a reasonably famous photograph of a group of Special Air Service (SAS) raiders in North Africa (L Detachment), the men are identified as (from right): Lt. Edward McDonald, Corporal William “Bill” Kennedy, unknown and Private Frederick Briar.


The Tholos

All that remains of the Tholos of Delphi today are three Corinthian pillars. Originally dedicated to the worship of an Earth Goddess, the temple was eventually supposedly occupied by Olympian deities, especially Athena. The temple, built in the early 4th century BC had an unusual circular shape. This shape and the leaf-adorned capitals of its Corinthian columns are representations of the sacred forest groves of Gaia. Vitruivius Pollio, a 1 Century B.C. Roman writer contends that Theodorus the Phocian was the architect of the structure, although others dispute this.


The Villa Farnese

An extravagant mansion in the town of Capriola, the Villa Farnese took almost a decade and a half to come into being. It consumed the life of its architect, Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, who worked on it until his death in 1573. The design officially falls into the short-lived “mannerism” style. This fashion was supplanted by the Baroque style after 1580. Today the place is officially the home of the President of the the Italian Republic, but in reality, it is empty and open to the public.

8 responses to “Uncategorized Drawings

  1. Lesley March 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    My dad, John Taylor, is the unknown SAS soldier in the picture of the L Detachment in Egypt.

    • Akhil Kadidal March 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks much for that pertinent bit of information, Lesley. What was your father’s rank by the way?

      • Lesley March 22, 2014 at 5:49 am

        He was in the Royal Signals before joining the SAS and rose to the rank of Sergeant. My dad was part of the Big Benghazi raid. I am interested to know how you know the other soldiers’ names as I would like his name to be placed ‘officially’ on the photo. Thank you for the excellent art work and adding his name.

      • Akhil Kadidal March 23, 2014 at 12:52 am


        I found the names of the other men in a book on the SAS, which I can longer tell you the title of, because I don’t have it anymore. But the names were corroborated on the community-driven site: (It’s well-worth a visit).

        I appreciate your kind words on the drawing. If you look at the original photo of the group, however, you’ll see that I cut out an entire jeep and its occupants – because I thought that the men in the far jeep (including your father) looked more quixotic and tough. Isn’t that funny?

      • Lesley March 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

        Thanks for the information on the website – I have looked through it and now know where to gain more information on my dad. By drawing this picture, you have helped me so much.

        You cut out a jeep – my father was in the jeep you cut out! The man you drew had the same jacket and his headgear was styled similarly. You’re correct, they do look tougher.

        Confidence – yes he had this in abundance, but in a quiet way.

        Thank you again. I work in a school, so will use your artwork as a reference for my pupils when we work on light and shade.

      • Akhil Kadidal March 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

        Wow, sorry. I drew that picture on an A4-sized sheet and one jeep simply had to go. Well, I suppose the man in the far jeep again reverts to “unknown.”

        Maybe one of these days, I’ll post the original image to accompany the drawing – to expand this post and make it more informative.

        Flattered to hear that my art will be used to explain chiaroscuro.

        P.S. – Studying the photo of your father in the second jeep, I can see the no-nonsense, appraising look of the seasoned NCO. It all makes sense now.

  2. Lesley March 22, 2014 at 5:57 am

    The photo is of how he looked in 1992.

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