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01-05-2017, 11:47 AM

"Whoo, a train!"
(concept study for oil painting)
12 x 18 in., graphite on watercolor paper
Private Collection

4th Fighter Group ace 2Lt. Ralph K. Hofer pulls off after strafing a German train near Paris on the morning of D-Day, June 6, 1944.

01-05-2017, 03:14 PM
Very nice ,will you post a W I P of the painting please :)

01-05-2017, 05:19 PM
Class as ever Wade - I like the full frontal of the P51 - looks like it will be interesting light too.

01-05-2017, 06:31 PM
very nice , close in painting , as said love to see a WIP on this done right it should leap out of the canvas at you

01-06-2017, 09:53 AM
Thanks, guys. :)

FYI, up to now I first did a detailed outline of the landscape/train alone and then the Mustang. From there, I move to my value study(ies), starting with an aircraft-only rendering (see below).

After that, the combined full concept drawing seen above.

For color, I'll first do a full monochromatic underpainting in oil on the final canvas, essentially duplicating the values of the concept drawing at the top of this thread. When that's laid down, and I've tweaked it, I'll start in with color washes then opaque paints.

Long process, but it's proven successful for me and I find it easier to build slightly on each stage this way, culminating with the final art. A very detailed WIP of my process can be found on my Facebook art page (see link below). Look for my recent photo album, "Fighting Cobras."



01-14-2017, 01:23 PM
I really like this pov.