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felixdk
01-30-2011, 10:41 AM
I'm calling this done. ArtRage Studio Pro from sketch to finish. In late Aug-early Sep 1951, the F-86 Sabres of the 116th and 92nd Fighter Interceptor Suadrons, USAF arrived at RAF Shepherds Grove, Suffolk, UK to become the first USAF units permanently stationed in the UK since the end of WWII. The airmen stationed at Shepherds Grove from then till the USAF left in 1958 call themselves "Grovers". The painting shows a flyby by the squadron CO and Ops Officer of the 92nd FIS sometime just after the USAF took over the base. Included are an MG TC and a Jaguar XK 120, because......well, fighter pilots like sports cars, so there are always plenty of them on an airbase.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f105/felixdk/TGCAMF/12911_450ppi.jpg

HarlequiNQB
01-30-2011, 11:00 AM
Interestingly, when I first saw the picture, after thinking, "Wow, awesome!" I found myself wondering why the scene reminded me of the UK when the planes were clearly American Sabres. I put it down to it looking similar to the covers of some old boys own adventure books and annuals I had as a kid.

Whatever the reason, it turns out they are US jets over the UK, so I think that's a job very well done :)

ScottF
01-30-2011, 11:27 AM
Iīve been watching this in WIP for some time. Job well done! Itīs a fine piece!

felixdk
01-30-2011, 11:32 AM
Interestingly, when I first saw the picture, after thinking, "Wow, awesome!" I found myself wondering why the scene reminded me of the UK when the planes were clearly American Sabres. I put it down to it looking similar to the covers of some old boys own adventure books and annuals I had as a kid.

Whatever the reason, it turns out they are US jets over the UK, so I think that's a job very well done :)

Thanks for the comment. A lot of that type of magazine featured cover art by Wilf Hardy, a British artist who's always been one of my favorites (along with Michael Turner, another Brit). When I was a kid I subscribed to an aviation magazine called RAF Flying Review that always had Hardy's work in it.

felixdk
01-30-2011, 11:33 AM
Iīve been watching this in WIP for some time. Job well done! Itīs a fine piece!

Thanks Scott. I'm just bummed that it took me so long, worst case of artist's block that I've ever had :o

screenpainter
01-30-2011, 12:09 PM
That's not artists' block. That is perfection. Beautiful art and the meticulous planning and attention to detail are priceless.

D Akey
01-30-2011, 01:20 PM
Wow and Bravo! Really great aircraft picture. I am very impressed.

It's a dodgy thing to toss in a question to such a well finished painting, but I have to say (could be my eye only) that the foremost bomb to the left looks a little out of perspective. Owing to your level of skill there's probably a good reason for it. But in the off chance that I'm right, I would suggest that it may be the nature of a wide angle lens to start to distort. To me it looks like it's on a different plane (no pun intended), on a different line, oriented differently than the fuselage. And that may or may not be the case that they did that as a design thing, but it wouldn't make sense aerodynamically. I'm comparing it also to the bomb on the leading wing of the other plane and they both look the same, so. . . not sure. The nose of the bomb could be oriented a bit more up perhaps? Dunno.

Anyway, this is a masterwork! Very fantastic image. Colors and values work great. The surfaces look right and true. It looks like it has great depth of field owing to your containing your values and saturation for the ground stuff, and that they are moving fast. Awesome. :):):)

Alexandra
01-30-2011, 02:10 PM
:):):):):)

Artist
01-30-2011, 03:19 PM
The absolute best aircraft photo done by ArtRage I have ever seen. The detail done at the photo is beyond fantastic!

felixdk
01-30-2011, 03:35 PM
That's not artists' block. That is perfection. Beautiful art and the meticulous planning and attention to detail are priceless.

Thank you very much. I think it might have been obsession :), but I'm glad that I stuck it out.

felixdk
01-30-2011, 03:47 PM
Wow and Bravo! Really great aircraft picture. I am very impressed.

It's a dodgy thing to toss in a question to such a well finished painting, but I have to say (could be my eye only) that the foremost bomb to the left looks a little out of perspective. Owing to your level of skill there's probably a good reason for it. But in the off chance that I'm right, I would suggest that it may be the nature of a wide angle lens to start to distort. To me it looks like it's on a different plane (no pun intended), on a different line, oriented differently than the fuselage. And that may or may not be the case that they did that as a design thing, but it wouldn't make sense aerodynamically. I'm comparing it also to the bomb on the leading wing of the other plane and they both look the same, so. . . not sure. The nose of the bomb could be oriented a bit more up perhaps? Dunno.

Anyway, this is a masterwork! Very fantastic image. Colors and values work great. The surfaces look right and true. It looks like it has great depth of field owing to your containing your values and saturation for the ground stuff, and that they are moving fast. Awesome. :):):)

Thanks for the attention and the praise and I've got to give you a nod for a very good eye on the drop tanks. They were actually designed to droop at the nose as they found that the tanks generated so much lift that they wouldn't separate cleanly in high speed drops, but would instead flip back up and damage the airframe with catastrophic results. The answer was to mount them a couple of degrees nose down. Very nice catch:).

felixdk
01-30-2011, 03:49 PM
Thank you both very much for your comments Alexandra and Artist, I appreciate it.

Caesar
01-30-2011, 11:53 PM
I saw on the WIP section it requird time and precision, but You fully succeeded to get a stunning outcome!

barnburner
01-31-2011, 12:49 AM
Wow... this is just fabulous... It's easy to imagine just how much work it must have taken to make this so good.
Great job! :)

jibes
02-01-2011, 08:09 AM
Felix. It's all been said so I say I enjoyed your painting very much!

felixdk
02-02-2011, 03:12 PM
Thanks Caesar, barnburner and jibes. It didn't give in easily and as a result, was very rewarding.

Suha
02-02-2011, 06:43 PM
wooooooooooooow I do not have words to express

coops
02-03-2011, 09:19 AM
Wow what a fantastic painting Felixdk, cant wait to see more of your work. Welcome Artrage:)

waheednasir
02-03-2011, 05:03 PM
thats nice work..:). i can see the effort and like the scene.
couple of things i might do (just my personal suggestion), just a slight hint of rear end smoke and few rays showing speed, that would add a sense of movement. plus a make the ground structures, little out of focus for a feeling of distance and depth. i can see youve toned them down, i might do something for the sharp lines and edges as well. anyways, as i wrote, just my personal suggestions that i will try introducing and see. youve done a good job and i even like it as is..:).

felixdk
02-04-2011, 06:09 AM
Thanks Coops, I'm extremely slow, but will eventually finish another :).

Thanks waheednasir, very good suggestions. A smoke trail was tried out as the early jets were inefficient and left a lot of soot in their exhausts, but I felt that it led the eye off the canvas. I compromised with fact by adding a glow in the tailpipes and just a faint flame effect as otherwise they might as well have been gliders as jet fighters. In reality an aircraft like this wouldn't have been showing flames unless it was using an afterburner, which this model of the Sabre didn't have.

I'm not truly finished with this one just yet. I find that I need to lay off for a couple of weeks and then take another look to see what I missed. Further blurring of the ground objects is a good possibility. The now eradicated and forgotten airfield was a big part of the reason for doing the painting, so I don't want to go too heavy on the blurring.

Don

kenmo
02-04-2011, 06:29 AM
Love everything about this painting... Nicely done!!!!!!!