View Full Version : Spitfire in Pastel

05-09-2013, 01:55 PM
Here is a pencil drawing and a small acrylic color study depicting the Spitfire of Pilot Officer JC Dundas of No 609 Sqn, 1940. He and his wingman have just spotted bogeys in the distance and are peeling off to the attack. I've begun a larger version of this that I plan to render with oil pastels. I will post some in-progress shots once I have made some progress worth posting.

05-09-2013, 03:57 PM
They look pretty good to me.

05-09-2013, 08:45 PM
I like your study, Norbert. Looking forward to the full size work.

05-10-2013, 03:40 PM
Yep - it all looks set fair for a good one Norbert!

05-11-2013, 05:24 PM
Thanks Neil, I hope that I can get the large version to come together well!

05-25-2013, 03:47 PM
Here is an update, one scan showing the progress, the other one with a digital "cutout" of the main Spit from my acrylic sketch. It helps me to visualize the progress a little better when I use a photoshop comp in this way. Overall the pastel has a bit of a lighter feel. Having said that, it's difficult to replicate the tones/values on the computer, it just never looks as good as the original, unless you have top notch equipment.

iwan rse
05-25-2013, 06:19 PM
what size is it ? :clap:

05-25-2013, 06:32 PM
Looking forward to your progress through this process, Norbert.

05-25-2013, 11:10 PM
Thanks Gray!. The dimensions are 25 1/2" x 17".

06-12-2013, 02:21 PM
Here is a section of the pastel piece. I will post the entire image when I've had the chance to scan the entire piece in sections and put it together in photoshop because I have a very small flatbed scanner. :( The piece is on Canson Me-Teintes pastel paper, 25" x 19".

06-13-2013, 06:26 AM
A couple of close-in shots and the entire image. I still need to add panel lines (or an indication of them), and a few more details like the "ribs" on the tail, serial number. I've discovered that by rubbing a small, pointy stomp into "rubbed down" pastel on a scrap piece of paper, it makes it possible to apply fine lines because the pastel sticks are thick and round. I'll also hopefully get a high res digital shot made for a cleaner final image.

06-14-2013, 01:33 PM
You're almost there, Norbert. I can never get enough Spits.

06-15-2013, 07:54 PM
Thanks for your comment Gray! Here's the final image.

06-16-2013, 03:16 PM
Nice work on the panel lines Norbert . Not sure if that white spot at the tip of the far Spit's port wing looks right though.

06-16-2013, 07:48 PM
Good work on the panel lines Norbert, nice and straight.