Ryan David stands with the artwork he created to represent X11.

Wall Art Pays Tribute to Shipbuilders

Published May 4, 2021

Ryan David (X11) has left a unique mark on the wall of a craft learning center outside the Supplemental Modular Outfitting Facility (SMOF).

Last year, he was approached to create a mural-like drawing to represent X11 on a blank wall in the space that craftsmen and craftswomen use to develop skills. He recently completed the artwork, which features four shipbuilders – drawn using photos of fellow employees – and an X11 logo.

David, a Navy veteran, said he was grateful for the opportunity to represent his trade’s core values and draw people he knows and has worked alongside.

“It’s probably the most important drawing I’ve done,” he said. “I’ve got tons of drawings at home that are probably going to sit in a drawer, and maybe my kids will look at them later, but this is something that will be on display for a long time. It’s a good feeling to know that.”

A fixative has been applied to the drawing – done in pencil – to preserve and protect it.