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04-02-2015, 11:02 PM
Four of a Kind! Ive started another plane pic that caught my fancy. Quite a well known black and white reference photo. Ive always liked the RNZAF Canberra ever since I was a lad in Feilding and the local Ohakea base was flying Vampires and Canberras overhead. The green and grey colours with the wee black and white kiwi on the tail is striking also.

I will NOT be doing much background on this, just a pencil outline of the hills which they are flying over to give some depth. Its supposed to be a quick coloured pencil study of the planes only.

So far so good. These things looked like sharks side on I reckon.


Chas McHugh
04-03-2015, 03:57 AM
Strong potential for a very nice completed drawing. The Canberra BI(8) which I believe these are, features high up my own list of future projects, though depicted in the low level strike role. If I was you I would consider very carefully how an appropriate background could enhance your drawing rather then treat it as an after thought and risk undoing many hours of hard work. The real impression will come when the closest and therefore largest aircraft has been completed, but for sure it is looking good.

04-03-2015, 04:20 AM
i understand what youre saying chas but im looking for a simple vignette on this one. less is more i feel at this stage. Ive buggered up too many saleable pics with over doing backgrounds. of course I may change my mind but as you say it'll be clearer when the other two planes are done.

04-03-2015, 05:14 AM
A nice suggested background will suit this one very well

As you say a heavily overworked backdrop can easily turn to complete disaster

04-03-2015, 07:51 AM
Great choice of subject . I've always had a soft spot the Canberra and particularly the B(I)8.
I've probably said before on here - I saw one at RAF Leuchars on an airshow day so wet and miserable the crows were walking . He came over from Germany and did a fantastic flat routine in the murk with vapour clouding the wings out at every turn . For a bomber it had an amazing performance .

04-03-2015, 10:57 AM
I went to West Malling for the warbirds display when the PR.9 won the cup for the best over-all display

The B-25 was up just before the Canberra and boy did he ever throw that B.24 around Brilliant flying and a brilliant display

Then the Canberra took off :D

04-03-2015, 11:16 AM
Love these! I lived in Dannevirke during my childhood and visiting Ohakea was a treat my father and I loved sharing!

04-04-2015, 04:52 AM
No. 3 appears..
very relaxing... little bit of coastline too..


04-04-2015, 05:32 AM
What size is this one ?

04-04-2015, 07:00 AM
What size is this one ?

A3 cartridge 180gsm paper, just a nice quick easter exercise.

04-04-2015, 07:47 AM
Nice level of detail for A3 :cool:

04-04-2015, 05:11 PM
Nice level of detail for A3 :cool:

Colored pencils allow sharp points :)

04-04-2015, 08:18 PM
well, there's the 4th bigger cranberry..
and a start on a suggested background..

I feel like it needs something towards the bottom left to balance it maybe but not sure. dont want to create something there that ruins it though... any suggestions?

I dont think Ill do more on the hills... planes might need a tad more edge definition... aaarghhh! There will be a darker area of hills to bottom right.. That may be enough to draw the eye down the diagonal..

hits self over head and repeats "less is more" STOP thinking... :)


04-04-2015, 10:05 PM
Nice aircraft

Can you change the background (erase some) ?

I would get rid of the coast line top left

Let the mountains naturally fade (at the left) so they have no hard edge

Gently suggest the sea

Have the aircraft flying past the background...instead of being surrounded by background

Kind of like this below....the background is the secondary part of the picture and not in control with definite edges or lines


04-04-2015, 11:22 PM
good thinking gollum, and yes I can definitely erase the coastline..
and maybe a little more sea as in the suggestion of waves...

many thanks.

04-05-2015, 10:23 AM
uffff... nice very nice.....clean work!!!!! :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:

04-05-2015, 12:05 PM
I have to say that that is a terrific piece of work but i do think the background is beginning to compete,less is more :)

04-05-2015, 09:10 PM
Done (I think)... will mull over it for a day or so but pretty happy with 3 days work.

Thanks for the comments which were very useful.. I think you can see ive removed the top coastline, extended the sea and faded out some of the hills between the planes.. with CP (coloured pencils), blending a white pencil over the darker colours smerges it all in nicely / artistically and makes it less obtrusive.


04-05-2015, 09:20 PM
Wonderful pencil work, faminz.

04-06-2015, 03:29 AM
The Canberras look go over White island like it a lot.:thumbsup:

04-06-2015, 06:50 AM
"smerges" :D

04-06-2015, 01:57 PM
I like "Smerged" as a description. I think I'll borrow that word from time to time. :D

I think the subtle background works well in this instance and the Canberra's are top notch!

04-06-2015, 06:20 PM
That works - I think you've created a fine sense of depth through the formation to the distant land below . Nicely balanced now .

04-07-2015, 01:09 AM
I really appreciate all the +ve comments from a group of very talented artists!
It turned out just the way it imagined it.. ive decided to darken the underwing of the biggest plane (especially over the roundel) and call it done.

oh yeah.. and feel free to borrow 'smerges'!! :)

04-07-2015, 05:36 AM
Great aircraft, whole thing works well