Today we add a new art work, well actually a couple new art works. I have wanted to do some color pencil art for awhile now so using a picture I took at the Planes of Fame airshow as a guide, I created a early war F4F Wildcat fighter art work. For the first time I used under-painting techniques using Prismacolor markers to set up some dark tones on the gray toned paper before starting to lay in the color with Prismacolor pencils. I must admit the first attempts was fun and showed promise, but was not happy with the overall results so I tried it again. I took the opportunity to correct some inaccuracies in the markings. I also used more under painting to get a more uniform look. Still the basic colors were good but hardly as accurate As I would like. I will give it one more go with a slate gray pencil and a bit more under painting. I figure after three tries I should have it down, I hope.
After working on the pencil versions I used the basic drawing and the line work I applied the same techniques I use on my other caricatures and created a triple threat. One with basic cloud background, one with a more mono tone sky and one that looks like a drawing on gray toned paper with a shadow as if the Wildcat is skimming the work surface. Let me know what you think. You can find them all in the fine art section.
Another new caricature was added to the propeller fighters. I created a similar pose I used for the Wildcat, but did it with a Mitsubishi Zero caricature. Again with a cloud background and one skimming the gray tones paper. Very soon I will be doing this in color pencils like the Wildcat. I may even do a gray version as well as the OD green you see here. Check out the Propeller section for the other version.
Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you all had a great holiday. First up today is a new caricature the Lockheed P2V Neptune. This caricature has been one I have wanted to do for many years. May dad served with VP-1 and worked on the Neptune. He even flew a few patrols while VP-1 was deployed to Okinawa. So I finally finished my first P2V caricature. The put together a special print with pictures of my dad while he was in the Navy. So this is one of those special prints. Coming soon for a client will be a follow up P2V this time a P2V-7. He wants to honor his father as well. So look for it soon. Just need to finish small details and it will be ready.
Next up today is another commission. This one we completed several months ago and was a Christmas present for the clients husband. Another RV-8 painted like a F4U Corsair in the US Navy Tri blue scheme. Follow up picture shows proud RV=8 owner standing next to his aircraft print in hand. Thanks again and glad he liked the print. A side note the client found us becasue of the sponsor logo we had on Sam Swifts biplane Hot Stuff at this years Reno air races. So much thanks again the Swift racing.
That about does it for new art we have completed, but there is lots of new stuff coming soon. (new 777-300F, P-61 Black Widow, new racers especially sport class, and a few much more.)
Hey Everyone, Happy Holidays. Thanksgiving has past and we are on the home stretch for the Christmas season and the end of the year. Something everyone is hoping to lead to a better new year. Okay today we add two new racing prints. I have combined a couple racers into a combo prints showing close up Air Racing.
The first print I call Power Sport. It combines the two powerhouse racers in the Sport class, a Super Glasair II, Race 39 flown by Jeff LaVelle, a multiple National Champion and One Moment, a Super Legacy Lancair flown by Andrew Findlay. One Moment has the distinction of braking the 400 MPH mark for the class. This would put her in the mid to upper level of the Unlimited class. Quite impressive for a home built racer powered by a 6 cylinder race engine. The Sport Class is probably the future of air racing. Reno Sport Class.
The next new print combines to rivals in the T-6 class. Miss Ellaneous and Miss Humboldt Hunny. Miss Ellaneous is an SNJ, raced by Bill Muszala, while Miss Humbolt Hunny, race 73, is a T-6G. Both of these aircraft seem to battle all week finishing either one two in their heat races. Sometime trading places at the finish. Miss Humboldt Hunny flown by Ralph Rina finished the 2019 races winning the Bronze race. Just a reminder I have individual prints of all these aircraft available in the racer section of this web site.
Hey all, Okay I was at my day job and was thinking how the Boeing 737 could be considered the DC-3 of it’s time. So it inspired me to create Boeing’s next big thing after the 737 MAX debacle, the B737/DC-3r retro liner. Taking a page from the auto industry they create a retro looking airliner. DC3 style fuselage and tails with new turbo fans and modern wings with winglets. I did one in Boeing hose colors and one in the colors of my day job, GLS, so it would be the cargo version. After the first one I add a bit of caricature to the GLS and Boeing prototype.
Next up is a nod to Hank Caruso the famous caricature artist with my version of the ERJ -175 in American Eagle livery, and Compass Airlines. Compass has unfortunately since gone out of business mostly because of Covid, but also the loss of American as a business partner.
Have a great day and enjoy the art. Any suggestions please feel free to contact me and let me know what you would like to see next. Currently I am working on a QF-16 for a past client, and a new A-4C for another DFC winner. BHA
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 is one of the recent commissions I have been working on, a Luscombe painted in a wonderful copper color. The same customer also ordered a second Luscombe so look for that one soon. Here is the Penny. Thanks Charlie.
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!