View Full Version : red taxi !!

05-23-2012, 07:32 AM
just decided on my next work it will be a reds hawk taxying presently gathering refrence shots from flickr but trying to get jet exhaust effects captured distorting another aircraft behind , also playing with the idea of working in acrylics as i may do a lot at work so speedy drying will be a bonus !!!

in the meantime here's a shot i took that the painting will look nothing like :lol:


05-23-2012, 06:30 PM

05-29-2012, 04:38 PM
Beautiful shot.

06-03-2012, 07:45 AM
because i intend doing some at work i have decided to work in acrylics at work and seperate from oils at home mainly because of drying times

i like acrylics but the main bind to me is drying too fast so i decided to bite the bullet and start buying interactives for where i want good smooth blending and extended working time


one jets position is decided but may change a little yet depending on other ellements in the painting i am presently struggling to merge required photo's in photoshop ( as i'm a bit thick :lol: ) god knows why cos i have done it before guaranteed when i do it i'll mutter " stupid ***** that's how you do it ehhh ! "


06-05-2012, 03:39 AM
worked out positioning of a second aircraft in photoshop and put in some taxiway detail


06-05-2012, 01:34 PM
put into ink on canvas !!


06-06-2012, 04:26 AM
after using winsor and newton masking fluid to mask the subject the main runway colour has been laid down


06-10-2012, 04:02 AM
most of the backing colour is now in so there is something to work on got to admit the interactives are quite a difrent working method and give a lot more working time wich is good as my sky blending for this type of sky takes 4 colours a background of white then working from the top down ultramarine blue then cobalt with a little veridian or pthalo green


06-11-2012, 08:04 AM
a little further on and gradualy taking shape !!


06-13-2012, 12:28 PM
masking removed and ready to start work on the aircraft ( some will be done at work !! ) hence the choice of acrylics !!


06-14-2012, 07:24 AM
Looking good - I know how attractive the taxi shot is to inspire a painting .
I have a shot I took of a Red paused near the the runway one Lossie Families day in beautiful sunshine . Every so often I come across that image and am tempted to turn it into a painting.

06-15-2012, 09:40 AM
first experiment almost done in that the heat haze looks ok ( i would spend longer in oils ) but the effect is something i see regular in jet aircraft but seldom in aviation art so something i had to experiment with

give it a wizz neil it is as much fun as airborne ones and all manners of effects can be used !!


06-16-2012, 07:12 AM
progress so far and work beggins on main aircraft !!


06-20-2012, 03:10 AM
some further work done most of the aircrafts basics are in and i have made a start on details like lettering


Chas McHugh
06-20-2012, 04:12 PM
I once did a painting similar to this in which I has painted from life the Red Arrows Gnat at Cosford. Charles Thompson debriefed the painting as it was a GAvA weekend and stated that there was not enough green in the aircraft.

Being a Red Arrow, I thought he was talking tosh. Many years later I discovered he was spot on even if he had not explained it well.
Your painting does not have enough green in it!

Mix some green oxide into your red and see what happens. Use a colour wheel and notice that red and green are opposites on the wheel. Note also how pink the upper surfaces are on your reference photograph. Including this guidance on your painting will enable three dimension. Your are painting what you know not what you see, which I can say with confidence looking at the blue flying suit of the GC rather then a dark shadow in the rear cockpit.

I would also revisit your photo before you photoshoped it as the smooth 'Hawker' line of the tail fin has been lost a little yet it does follow the lines of your planning photograph.

06-20-2012, 04:49 PM
thanks chas , i know where you are comming from with the "green " mainly i reccon it is because of the gloss surface you are getting reflections from all the surrounding grass i painted a red eurocoper squirrel that i painted reflected green underneath

there are difrences in the cockpit area as i am using two difrent images to aquire something a little difrent

but mostly the critique is most apreciated chas !! but i'm using this as an experimental loitering painting ( mainly to play with "open " acrylics ) but also something to do in my downtime at work and to fill in time before a wall mural commision and a commision of a friends motorcycle combination racer at the IOM ..TT ..

06-21-2012, 02:11 AM
got to admit though never tried mixing red and green as they are opposites on the colour wheel you would assume grey would be achieved so maybe a glaze ?? i will probably give it a wizz later today or tommorow as i have a couple of days off .. but i'm planning on doing some engineering work today at a friends unit for some therapy after an intense week at my regular job !!

06-21-2012, 11:43 AM
i am not commited to a timetable so the engineering can wait till tommorow !!


06-27-2012, 04:32 AM
calling it done as it has served it's purpose for what i wanted out of it !! ( mainly trying interactive acrylics ) still won't be going back to acrylics any time soon !! but they are a viable alternative for using at work and are a very good alternative to oils

what i found strange for a begginers set was the unusual colours !! i found having no yellow ochre included or black was quite od in a comprehensive colour set and had to add some colours i normaly can't live without paynes grey ( but my local suppliers were out of it ) so i gave purple a shot in the clouds and am quite pleased with a difrent forced aproach that if anything on the learning curve has taught me not to automaticaly reach for the same colour all the time


06-27-2012, 09:17 AM
Looks nice, I think maybe some grass or something bottom right?.

06-28-2012, 11:07 AM
yep could do with something there but it is only an experimental piece and the decision to leave it there has been made

also it is nice to have a signing area for team members if the chance arises at southport airshow this year !!