Today we added a few new caricatures. Two custom commissions, a C-130H with MAFFs firefighting gear, and a Cessna 182. We also added a new air racer, Ed Weiner’s, Bardahl Miss from 1968 Reno Air Races. This is one of my favorite racers, and I even did a regular profile back when I was air brushing some art. I hope to do a couple other versions of his pylon racer, the early bronze color and the wild tiger strip version. I might add those two to my regular side profiles. Reno is just a few months away so I hope to get out a few more racers.
Well Reno National Championship Air Racers have come and gone. Still going through withdrawal. Love the races and lets hope we can make it up there next year and do a booth. In the mean time I have been finishing up a few caricatures and doing some repaints to a couple of my regular profiles. First up is a commission I recently did for a client. The DC-3 Clipper Tabitha May. Love this look of this beautiful aircraft.
Next up is a couple of racers from the recent Reno Air races. Sparky and Wee Willy II. We Willy is part of the Planes of Fame and I had done a profile of this bird awhile back, so took this time to modify the paint scheme to reflect the markings she wore at the racers this year.
Next was another regular profile of Sparky. the air racer I did a few years ago as a caricature. This time she is wearing a new paint scheme for 2016. Sparky on one side and Blondie on the other. And with the completed regular profile I had to repaint the caricature to match the new scheme.
That about does it for this update. I hope to be doing more racers soon. If you don’t see you favorite racer just let me know. We love working on commissions.
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.
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.
I also just finished and new regular side profile, another P-51D. This time the Planes of Fame P-51D Wee Willy II. I also have this same aircraft in a caricature version. If you looking for a regular side profile Mustang just send me an email and we can work it up for you. If you want to see more regular side profiles let me know what you would like to see me do next. Check out the fighter propeller section to see the new art.
Well I hope you all had a great holiday, New Year and Superbowl. I must apologize of my lack of posts and production. The “day job” tends to kick my butt from time to time. That is no excuse just a fact. Fear not I am still working on new stuff and trying to finish up some custom work. (A-7, C-17 F/A-18 etc) I just finished two prints of the same aircraft for a customer who at first wanted the caricature of his warbird, then his wife told him he needed the regular profile to go with it. So we created a completely new art work that was regular proportions. I have to say it was a bit of a struggle as I have been doing the caricatures for so long, the new piece just looked strange. All long and thin. Anyway I think it turned out pretty good. Both art works are of the P-51D Shangrila that was flown by Dominic S. Gentile after he finished his tour with the 4th Fighter Group in England. When he returned to the states he was given a brand new P-51D so he could tour the states on a bond tour. The markings are for the 4th FG and used the same code as his P-51B Shangri-la. We will be doing a few more of the regular profiles (next up Wee Willie from Planes of Fame) and if your interested we can do a custom Mustang for you as well. Just drop us a line.
I also worked up a couple of new F-4 Phantoms, both USMC birds. This time adding some backgrounds.
Okay that about wraps it up for right now. I have a few more plus some images for the first air show of the season, the 2016 Cable Air Show and car show. Dreary day with threatening rain clouds, but some fun stuff to be seen.