Aviation Art - post your favourite pics

johnwayne

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At airshows in the UK like flying Legends at Duxford, there was always marquees housing aviation art for sale, I could easily have spent a lot of money on pics but know ‘er indoors wouldn’t have been too pleased!
In the modern digital age there really isn’t such a thing as a limited print run anymore because digital print is priced on a per copy basis and the technology has come on leaps and bounds. A few years ago digital print was produced on no more than a slightly upmarket photocopier printer like we have at home and attaining true colours to match the original was nigh on impossible. Unlike true litho printing (which you still can’t better for longer print runs/larger quantities) a printing press requires ‘plates’ and set up costs making small runs unviable and expensive. Digital presses too allow printing on most substrates such as canvas albeit its a man made version of real canvas and sometimes just an embossed paper to imitate such!! Few of us too rarely see the original or for that matter be fussed if we noticed a subtle colour difference between that and a printed version but faithful reproductions professionally printed dont come cheap - a bit like buying a top range flight jacket repro!!!
 

Nickb123

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The beauty arrived cracked. I weighed a return but it’s probably cheaper to have glass replaced locally.
 

Lord Flashheart

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Gerald Coulson. I think it's titled "Heading out". The first picture I had framed back before I even thought about this jacket malarkey.

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MauldinFan

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I recently found photocopies of some of my older ink drawings, and scanned several of them (mostly RR-related) for a book project I'll be moving forward for this Spring.
I did this back when I would have had to explain to folks in suits as to why I had accurately portrayed parts of a MIG 29 that someone in the West shouldn't really know that well enough to render it. I won't be able to say how I had that info, but I had to wait a while before showing this to anyone.
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I recently found a photocopy of it and scanned it. I've always liked how it turned out, even though a couple of issues with perspective on some small items always bugged me.
Sadly, it was going to be made as a litho print, signed by Alexander Zuyev, to represent the same MIG he swiped and flew to Turkey during his 1989 defection. I even changed the inlet and tail #, but in the middle of that, he sadly passed away in an airplane formation crash in WA state.

This one below was a quick sketch (I think I did it all in a few hours) I did for "Military Marketplace," a vendor in Georgia which sold WW1 and WW2 US items to collectors and re-enactors. I worked with Tom and Sharon there, illustrating their catalogs from the late 80s until they folded a while back. I really miss working with them. This was the final drawing I did for them, once they went to website-only.
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Flightengineer

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I recently found photocopies of some of my older ink drawings, and scanned several of them (mostly RR-related) for a book project I'll be moving forward for this Spring.
I did this back when I would have had to explain to folks in suits as to why I had accurately portrayed parts of a MIG 29 that someone in the West shouldn't really know that well enough to render it. I won't be able to say how I had that info, but I had to wait a while before showing this to anyone.
51878693019_121452156a_z.jpg

I recently found a photocopy of it and scanned it. I've always liked how it turned out, even though a couple of issues with perspective on some small items always bugged me.
Sadly, it was going to be made as a litho print, signed by Alexander Zuyev, to represent the same MIG he swiped and flew to Turkey during his 1989 defection. I even changed the inlet and tail #, but in the middle of that, he sadly passed away in an airplane formation crash in WA state.

This one below was a quick sketch (I think I did it all in a few hours) I did for "Military Marketplace," a vendor in Georgia which sold WW1 and WW2 US items to collectors and re-enactors. I worked with Tom and Sharon there, illustrating their catalogs from the late 80s until they folded a while back. I really miss working with them. This was the final drawing I did for them, once they went to website-only.
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Was it really that long ago?
Photos of the MiG-29 were already published in Janes' in 1987.
 

MauldinFan

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Another scan from some of my older work. This was 1990, part of a comic book story I did for my Community College literary magazine. I won a state award for this for best artwork for the whole thing.
I'm not posting it all as most of it doesn't have airplanes and I did it before I had any photos of what the inside of a B-17 looked like. So, it has several errors on the same page...
 
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Pa12

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I wanted to get his "Spitfire Summer" when it came out in 2001/2002 but it sold out incredibly quickly also due to the fact Grub Street used it as the cover for Stapme's biography by David Ross.

Still want to buy a print of it. Also I've got my eye on this of 56 Sqn by Simon Smith...

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I have this print framed on my wall love it. Until recently I owned a 7/8 scale Se5a in the billy bishop colours
 

KeepmflyinTX

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Was it really that long ago?
Photos of the MiG-29 were already published in Janes' in 1987.

I took these photos in 1991 after the first Gulf War. This MIG-29 appeared at the air show at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. It was a rare appearance in the US and my main reason for attending the show.
 

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Flightengineer

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I took these photos in 1991 after the first Gulf War. This MIG-29 appeared at the air show at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. It was a rare appearance in the US and my main reason for attending the show.
Well, in 1991 it was already a completely different country here and situation also. There were even Tu-95 visits to the air show in the States and joint photos next to the B-52. It is a pity that now everything is different again, but this is not for this forum.
 

KeepmflyinTX

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Sorry guys I didn’t mean to go off topic. Here is a new release by one of my favorite artists, John Shaw. It is called “Safe Passage Home”
 

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MauldinFan

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One of these days I need to scan the pages I did for a comic book story I called, "Where angels fear to tread," where a B-24 shot down in Holland comes back 50 years later. It's not exactly kid-friendly in a couple parts, though.
I also was trying to get a limited series going on the 91st BG, and got a letter of interest from a comic book company long after I'd stopped trying (I still wonder why it took them that long to write), ironically about a month before I was to report for my officer branch course in the Army. I wrote them back saying, "you were about 2 years too late." After all this time, I genuinely don't recall which comic book publisher it was.
I rough sketched the first two stories. The final story would be the entire crew being shot down with all lost, with people on the ground reacting to them not coming back exactly as the main character reacted in the first page of the first story, to the loss of another crew earlier.
Oh well, considering how little comic book artists get paid (seriously, even some famous ones had second jobs to pay the bills), it was for the best it never happened.
 
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