All done! The customer wanted a pin up painting of his wife with a military aviation theme for his craft brewing company called "Fly By Brewing Company." I painted this pinup mostly with airbrush to give it more of that classic WWII era feel. The wings behind her are the design of the US Army Air Corps pilot wings pin of the time that military pilots would wear on their uniform. I chose to abbreviate "Company" to "Co." to save space but also because certain words were usually printed in their abbreviated form in posters of the era. I hand lettered the words with a brush in a font typical of propaganda posters of the time. Now I think I'm gonna go have a beer. Stay tuned for two digital pin up commissions coming soon.
So I Thought I would post a little progress on the air-force/brewery pin up commission. I am using a new paint for this painting suggested by Kent Lind. It's Wicked Detail Color by Createx. It is specially designed for airbrushing on many different substrates. While I love Lascaux Acrylics, they are not designed for airbrushing, and as such have some issues: most notably the colors separate quickly when thinned with a lot of water. This means the color is a different hue when first airbrushing than when you get to the bottom of the cup (unless you stir it Constantly.) Secondly, the pigment particles are much larger in the Lascaux paint, so regardless of how much it is thinned, it will always have some issue being sprayed through a precise airbrush like a Iwata Custom Micron. So that is my two cents on that. More progress coming soon. Stay tuned.
Well, it's been a while, not only since I've updated this blog, but also since I've even worked on a painting; what can I say, busy busy summer. I know I am still in the middle of the Soviet tank girl pinup, but when a commission comes along it gets bumped to the front of the line. This project comes from Albert who is starting a craft brewery called "Fly By Brewing Company". Albert wanted a pin up painting of his wife but didn't know exactly what he wanted for a theme. His brewery has military aviation as its theme, so working together we came up with the idea of a WWII era pilot theme set against the pilot wings of the time. Also beer. Although not in the sketch yet, the name of his company will be on top of the painting in a classic poster font.
Pin-Up artist Robert Ricci.