The first ever Blackheart Art caricature calendars have been ordered. We ordered a limited number of wall calendars and Desk Top Calendars to gauge the interest. If we sell these out then the plan will be to do another one next year or two next year in larger numbers. The wall calendars are made with heavy card stock with glossy image pages. So order now and when they arrive we will process your order. Remember these are limited.
Here are a few new Hornet caricatures I put together recently.
First up is the opposing solos from the Blue Angels exciting the crowd. (editors note: yes the Solo’s should not have an apostrophe and it has been fixed on the prints)
Also I put together this in memory of the Blues Solos pilot lost earlier this year while practicing for an Air Show.
And finally this one together the other day. VMFA (AW) 121 Green Knights F/A-18 Hornets on patrol. The G Knights now fly the new F-35
I can’t believe it has been since July that I have posted an updated. I have been busy working on a few commissions that are under wraps until they are presented to the intended. In the mean time I have had a chance to finally finish one of the air racers I have always wanted to do. The National champion from 1979, beating out the famous Red Baron who was just seconds away from a forced belly landing which destroyed the racer and badly injured the pilot, is the modified P-51 Mustang “Sumthin Else”. Owned and racer by Mr. John Crocker. I have long thought that this racer which was previously know as Miss Foxy Lady, raced by Ken Burnstien, had a very attractive and simple paint scheme. In the later years the paint scheme changes to a very dark blue and white, but this is how she looked in 1979. After Mr Crocker pass, the plane was sold and became a TF-51D owned by Stallion 51 and carries the name Crazy Horse II. Another modified racer that has been converted back to stock form. I have added two version, one with standard side profile and one with background. Check out the Air Racer section for this and more Air Racers.
I also have added my first Bristol Beaufighter to my ever growing Air Force, I have painted this in in the markings of 417th Fighter Squadron while based in Corsica. Hopefully I will do either a RAF or New Zealand AF version.
Happy Fourth of July to all my customers, friends family and fans. Hope you have a great holiday and enjoy a bit of American BBQ and fun.
Okay for this Fourth OI put together a really cool print with the Blue Angles and Thunderbirds combining to salute to the good old USA. Prints are 12×17 and we can also do prints on Metal in various sizes. judging by the 20×30 sunset print I had done on metal this one will look awesome.
Next up, while I as at it this weekend I I added another Air Racer, this time from the early days of Reno and air racing in the 1960’s The P-51K “Little One” racer by Lyle Shelton. Yes the same Lyle Shelton that flew the Bear to so many Championships. The was his first taste of Air Racing. He flew this Mustang owned by Richard Vartanian. Later this racer would become “Tonopah Miss” and carried race 12, in the 64 and 65 Reno Air Races.
Okay there you have it the newest caricatures. Have a great Fourth!
After attending the Planes of Fame air show I was inspired by one of the aircraft that attended the show. The A-26 Invader, Silver Dragon. This highly polished warbird is a tribute the men who flew the Invader in combat in WWII. She is painted to represent an aircraft that flew with the 552nd Bomb Squadron with the 386th Bomb Group in Europe. This my first A-26 caricature and hopefully not the last. I am currently working on a gear down version of Silver Dragon. I hope to have that done very soon. This time I added a bit of backgrounds and framing.There is also a second version of the Dragon with gear down. I have only done a few of these with gear down, and look to do a few more. Let me know what you think.
May is Indy month for the most part, with the Indy Racing series come to the Brickyard for just about the whole month, testing, preparing for the big race at the end of the month. I have always had an affinity for the Indy cars. Team pushing the envelope to get more speed and endurance from their cars. For years it was practically and unlimited event. Bring what you got, engine mods, aero packages and new innovations. Now it is more of a cookie cutter form of racing. Mandated engines, body styles and aero packages make it less innovative and more driver /team$$$ driven. Still a spectral none the less. 2.5 miles of speed and endurance, team strategy. Here is an new car caricature to ring in May and looking forward to the 100th running of the Indy 500. This one is the 1928 winner driven by Louis Meyer. It is a Miller Special. Miller race cars dominated this time period. I hope to do the 1936 winner just in time for the 2016 winner. Maybe I will put both on one print.
Thanks to a customer in Japan we can now ad a new tank caricature to the collection. The newest tank in the Japanese arsenal is this Type 10 main battle tank. 120mm smooth bore main gun and armor that can be changed out to suit the situation. This tank is from the 1st Armoured Training Unit, of the Eastern Army Combined Brigade.
If you like the way we create these tank caricatures and would like to see others just drop us a line and let us know what you want to see next. As usual commissions take priority.
Today we add a new racer to my Air Racer collection. The Leroy Penhall owned and raced P-51D. I loved the color scheme and the recent Mustangs International Magazine included a nice color shot of this wonderful racer. I started by doing my usual caricature version as well as one with a nice cloud background ‘in action’ piece. I then added another regular proportioned side profile to the mix. I am looking to add Seattle Miss the Mustang raced by Ben Hall around the same time as the Penhall Mustang. I am just drawn to those racers.
If anyone has suggestions for future caricatures or is looking for a special art work just drop me a line.