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Thread: WIP - F-86 Sabres at RAF Shepherds Grove

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    I'm afraid that I fell off the edge of the Earth again ; it ended up being a tough winter for artwork. I've gotten started on the Sabres again and hope to keep up some momentum now. Thanks for your comments and hope to not blow it as I progress. Thank God for "Save As" and "Undo".

    I've laid in some color on the a/c and worked on getting the right amount of motion in the background (that's gonna be tricky). Still using the Oil Brush and Chalk mostly, with a little bit of Watercolor Brush. The darker areas in upper left are going to be cloud shadows; I'm still experimenting on the best way to portray them. AR3 is working very well so far.


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    Now comes the hard part; my first try at a natural metal a/c. No highlights or shadows yet, just trying to get a feel for the reflections and the various different metal finishes.


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    F-86A 49-1209 "El Terror" is mostly done, still needing cast shadows and some final adjustments. Now on to the other Sabres and the refueler.


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    2 Sabres down, 1 to go .


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    Amazing! It just keeps getting better and better! It´s fascinating just what can be done with AR3.

    As an aside, there is a fine artist using Xara Xtreme Pro (a vector program) who focuses on airplanes. You´ve got the same crispness of the metal as he does with that program.

    Again, wonderful use of AR!
    The only problem with humor is that no one takes it seriously.

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    Thanks Scott! AR3 is a very capable program and a bargain at that. My only reservation is that it doesn't seem to make use of memory as well as Photoshop or Painter, but it's not a big problem and then again, they cost 5 times as much . All in all, I'm very happy with AR and hopefully someday we'll have a native 64 bit version that takes care of that minor quibble.

    I use Xara Etreme Pro for vector drawing and creating .pdf files, but haven't ventured into color artwork with it as of yet. It's a great all around program, a very good compliment to AR3 and another software bargain. Are you referring to Gray Ward's excellent aviation art done using Xara?

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    Yep, felix. He´s the one I was referring to. He does some amazing stuff, but what you´re doing here seems at least on par with his work.
    The only problem with humor is that no one takes it seriously.

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    I take that as a big compliment, Scott. Gray and I are old Web-friends because of our shared enthusiasm for airplanes and fast cars . He's also the one that turned me on to Xara. You should come over to our Cat2 forum and check out everyone's aviation and motorsports art: http://felixdk.websitetoolbox.com/

    Almost done with the action in the background, so I'll have to start on the buildings, which doesn't get me too excited.



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    Some work done on the background buildings and a first try at adding people to the image.


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