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Blue Angels Over Annapolis, USNA Commissioning Week illustration

A tribute to the the Blue Angels and the US Naval Academy's Commissioning Week in Annapolis, Maryland.

Blue Angels Over AnnapolisUSNA graduationA week of U.S. Naval Academy festivities accompanies the Graduation and Commissioning ceremonies at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Each year, more than 1,000 of America’s best and brightest young men and women graduate and receive their commissions in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. This illustration pays tribute to the excitement and energy the Commissioning Week brings to Annapolis, Maryland.

Blue Angels air showThe hallmark of the week is the Blue Angles air show within their F/A-18 Hornets over the Severn River. Sadly, in 2011 and 2012 the show has been cancelled but the spirit lives on in this tribute! Fingers are crossed for 2013!

The Blue Angels also fly a formation flight over the stadium during graduation.

The Herndon Monument ClimbAnother memorable tradition that is understated in this poster is the Herndon Memorial Climb. The freshman (Plebes) form a human pyramid to climb to the top of a tall gray obelisk monument that is covered in grease to replace a first year student's dixie cup hat with a midshipman's hat.  

The creative challenge for this illustration was to capture the energy of the Blue Angels in flight along with the week long events of Commissioning Week while, at the same time, showcasing the beautiful setting of the US Naval Academy within Annapolis. I have placed some of my reference photos that helped me illustrate an accurate portrayal with a little artist license thrown in. I hope you enjoy this illustration.

A Blue Angel's eye-view of Annapolis. Thank you Google maps!

USNA graduation ceremony, proud parent's eye-viewThe great cap release upon graduation!The beautiful US Naval Academy on the Severn River, Annapolis.







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