"Fighting 17" coming along ...

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  1. chicoartist

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    Hi guys,

    Put the finishing touches on the background this am. I have a love/hate relationship with clouds - the first couple of hours I'm usually seriously thinking about throwing the thing out the window, but as usual I press on and before long things come together.

    Have to let the canvas dry for a few days before I start on the Corsair. It's 24 x 32 oil on linen mounted on panel.

    Wade

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    Here's the small oil sketch I did to use as a rough color guide. Naturally, I changed a few things, but the Corsair will look pretty much the same (hopefully!):

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    I think you've done a nice job with the low sun angle - clouds need to
    look "right" without totally stealing the painting from the aircraft. They
    work together and I think you've got it. I judge clouds after years of looking
    at Keith Ferris paintings, and I reckon you are on par there.
     
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    Many thanks!

    You are exactly right - the airplane in this one will be the center of interest, and there is where your eye should go first (once the painting is finished). It's essential for the aviation artist to remember that yes, you want your clouds to look "right", but not so complicated and "interesting" that they unnecessarily distract from the airplane. Sometimes that means "toning down" the contrast a bit on that perfect cloud shape you just finally got right - and it also means knowing when to stop fiddling with it! :lol:

    Wade
     
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    It looks great, and Im sure in person it looks that much better... Cant wait to see the Hog finished...
     
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    Yeah, when completed it should be a very nice piece.
     
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    Thx, fellas. Much appreciated.

    8)

    Wade
     
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    Good work mate, as always!

    You must've found nearly every aviation forum on the net by now :D
    Any I don't know of yet? ;)
     
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    Looks great, Wade! :thumbleft:
     
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    Thx, Evan! :oops:

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    Thought I'd snap a quick shot while stretching my legs. Here's the result of the first sit down session on the airplane. By the time I quit today, I'll have the national insignia and (red) prop hub and dome done.

    [​IMG]

    Wade
     
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    Whew! Finally finished this sucka' . . .

    Fighting 17
    24 x 32
    Oil on linen mounted to panel.


    Full image:

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    Cropped in:

    [​IMG]

    Wade
     
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    Just beautiful - I can hear it!!! Very nice composition!
     
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    Thanks! Much appreciated.

    8)

    Wade
     
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    yeah man you've got the touch Wade ! excellent.

    hey man you better go back to TOCH cause I just made a reply I think to Randy manning, his father was in the 4th fg but you probably have a ton more on the man than me. Looks like after Cecil powdered 2 Bf 110G-2's of III./ZG 26 on March 6, 1944 the last one shot him down with the twin mg 81's

    Idea ~ could this make a dramatic painting or what ?? P-51B after a Bf 110G-2 ?

    Erich ~
     
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    Wow, Wade! Very very nice! :thumbleft:
     
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    Very very nice, the lighting on the Hog is exquisit....
     
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    Yes it is. Excellent painting Wade! :thumbright:
     
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