Friday, June 24, 2005

Heroes

tuskegee
The Tuskegee Airmen of WWII were real-life heroes. They faced down the advancing German Army and prevailed in the skies over North Africa and Europe with one of the best combat records in history. But the Germans weren't the only enemy they faced and defeated; they fought during a time of intense racial prejudice, but they proved themselves more than worthy to fight alongside anyone. Because of their bravery and skill as fighter pilots and soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen won the respect of a nation and the world.

This illustration was done as an in-class illustration demonstration. I used a little of everything: Watercolor, acrylics, oils and colored pencils. And, a touch of Photoshop at the end.

For a step-by-step on this piece, go here and scroll down.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW

S. Fizer said...

ok you're so talented, it makes me want to pack away my pencils in despair! wow.

Ninotchka said...

Really incredible. The illo and the homage. Way to go!

Bana Palomitaz said...

O_O SO COOl!! *-* I wanna be u when i grow up xD

isay said...

your illustrations are more than the words can describe!

The Crafty-Girl™ said...

Absolutely beautiful...created with art and soul!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing, absolutely - well done!

JacqueLynn said...

A wonderful illo, full of feeling, I love it, and thank you so much for showing how you did the lemur drawing, I always like learning how people work, it was very nice of you to post it.

Aravis said...

This is gorgeous, and I love your choice of subject!

Rebeccashane said...

I agree with everyone this is amazing and Gorgeous, It has a great point of view and expression.. Excellent work!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful. You're very talented.

wynlen
wynleDesign

Dædalux said...

Amazing, and I love your subject choice. The men of the 332nd were the greatest ever.

Carolyn said...

This is a GORGEOUS pc of artwork. Your initial drawing alone, even before laying in color is fabulous. I LOVE working in colored pencil but have yet to experiment with adding watercolor/ acrylic washes. I appreciate the fact that you included a step by step.
Lastly, I hope that you have shared this drawing with a veterans group... it's absolutely wonderful and I think they'd be thrilled and touched by your tribute!

Rick Lovell said...

Thanks, Carolyn and everyone, for such nice comments. In truth, I have not contacted any veterans groups, but it isn't a bad idea. I know there have been many pieces of artwork done in tribute to the Tuskegee Red Tails, but perhaps they'd appreciate yet another.

Becky said...

That is just so beautiful and noble. You did them justice. Well done - this is a great example of how art can move you.

Anonymous said...

you are amazing. oh my God. just beautiful, perfect, exact, etc. you did them justice. way beyond a doodle.

exceptional.

erika
http://www.five3.com

Kayleen Stewart said...

Your work is beautiful Rick.
what else can I say except you are very adaptible to the different subjects. Love the dolphin - ove it all really