Blue Angels Over Annapolis, illustration by Joe Barsin

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

Shown here is the canvas wrap version

Shown here is the canvas wrap version

A 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.

It was a great honor to meet members of the bue angels team

It was a great honor to meet members of the bue angels team

The hallmark of the week is the Blue Angles air show within their F/A-18 Hornets over the Severn River. They also fly a formation flight over the stadium during graduation.

The Herndon Memorial Climb

The Herndon Memorial Climb

Another 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. — Joe Barsin

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A Blue Angel's eye-view of Annapolis, Maryland!

A Blue Angel's eye-view of Annapolis, Maryland!


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Joe Barsin

Illustrations by Joe Barsin are special because he combines a passion for history, culture and community with a deep seeded pride in America. Living abroad in Europe during his formative years developed his understanding of an artist’s role in defining a community’s culture and history. Being an Eagle Scout developed his sense of community, patriotism and appreciation for the natural world. Joe is a native of Akron, Ohio, who graduated from Kent State University with a degree in graphic design. He and his wife, Eva, started their own design firm, JEB Design, Inc., in 1998, and continue to work from home while raising their two boys.