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.
Just finished up a new caricature. This time a local resident at Cable Airport (KCCB). The C53D/DC-3A operated by Aviator Flight Training. This aircraft was built as C-53D serial number 42-68738. She saw action in Sicily and France. In 1945 after returning to US where she was converted to DC-3A standards and flew with TWA as #303 NC86558. In 1949 she was operated by Northeast Airlines and in 1951 flew with United Airlines. From 52 on till early 2000’s she was then flown by numerous owners until 2013 when Aviator Flight Training bought her and fly her out of Cable Airport.
I want to add a nice background with Cable tower in the backgrounds and a version with the history added. Look for those soon.
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.
Okay here we go. Finally some new caricatures and just in time for the Christmas rush. I have had several people recently, (and you know who you are) drop subtle hints about having a Fokker Dr1 caricature as part of my collection. I have had a basic sketch of the Dr on paper for some time and it has just been patrolling the back burner as other caricatures have been deployed to the front. Well here it is… the BHA version of the Dr1. And why stop at just one. We have added two (and at least two more waiting in the wings.
First up is Manfred von Richthofen’s DR1 425/17. This version is one of the early paint schemes (a follow up version will be the late white tail in which he was shot down after scoring kills number 79 and 80) and the all red that we all associate with the Baron.
Next up is the blue and white Dr1 of Lt August Raben of Jasta 18. There are reports and speculation that this aircraft was actually red and white. (I will also have that version for the purists out there) I really like the blue version so that is where I went.
Lastly (at least for this post) we have a fine art version of Manfred von Richthofen’s Dr.1. I have created a print with the “Baron” cruising above the country side looking for his next ‘victim’ and enjoying the calm before the storm. The freedom of flight that all pilots embrace. I might look to put both Dr’s in one print like this so look for that soon.
Well I am back to add another air racer. This time a P-51D “stock” racer from 1985. I always liked this colorful scheme and have many slide images from Reno 85 and 86 to draw from. Here is race 19 Lou IV owned and raced by Tom Kelly and John Dilley. In 85 Lou IV finished 1st in the Silver final, flown by Mr. Kelly. It is interesting looking back at my pictures from those years. I noticed that in 85 Lou IV had racing wing tips and in 86 had regular Mustang wing tips. Those into accuracy will note the winning time on the print is wrong. Yes I noticed it after I uploaded the image. The winning time show on the print is for the 86 Gold race where she finished 6th. The winning Silver time should be 374.418. Rest assured that the final print has been changed to reflect the correct time. Next up is Sumthin Else, John Crockers Championship winning Mustang.