Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Aircraft paperback cover illustrations

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Doing illustrations involving aircraft is a very specialized field. These are much more complex to do than you might think. It's imperative to be very accurate as far as the details of the particular airplane including the color and markings. There are a lot of experts out there that will examine every last detail on your illustration, very much like those automotive engineers who scrutinize car illustrations. As an avid model builder in my youth I became familiar with various types of aircraft. I also have an extensive collection of aircraft reference books in my library.

Paperback 14

Here is a good example which shows aircraft with special camouflage and a variety of markings. Accurate research is a must when doing this type of work.


Here is a sample illustration done for my rep in New York, it is an acrylic painting. The previous book covers and the one below were painted using Windsor and Newton Designer's Colors.

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Another example of an illustration which must be thoroughly researched before starting to draw or paint.


charlie allen said...

HARRY......Again, love the variety, quality. imagination, et al, you brought to your work. Wish you'd been out here in the old days....what a great influence it could have been! And wish we'd had the book covers and editorial markets of your area. We were pretty much advertising 'nuts and bolts'....and not enough outside stimulation went on. As with any business, sport, or endeavor....competition and talent hones skills, and inspires others to do better. Thanks so much for the blog..... Chas.

Harry Borgman said...

Hi Charlie,
Thanks for your kind comments. Most of the illustrators in the Motor City were well aware of the great work that you and the other West Coast guys were doing, also, Jim Hastings wouldn't let us forget ! West Coast illustrators had certainly raised the standards of illustration and it was tough to compete with all of you.
Happy that you like my blog, I sure enjoy your posts as well.