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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Torro progress

Its a tricky one...

its based on a modern photo of the PDL Mustang II but with decals and signwriting of "the day"
so the Torro Toys logo on the front spoiler isnt right as yet... hmmm.. I sense some overpainting..

but its growing on me...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday, bloody Sunday

Not a lot to show for two hours, except that I had to redraw the top wing again - that's the problem with not paying attention. Or was it having to listen to Brett singing while he painted the Skyhawk? He didn't even have the common decency to sing something with a flying theme like Up, Up and Away or Fly Me to the Moon. Still, we both made some progress.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday sunday...

2 more solid hours work by both of us..

The Skyhawk has an under painted background (now onto oils)
The Torro Toy has a nice red wing..
And Warwick has continued on with the new Fokker..

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Later that night

The two commissions look good, Brett - the owner should be best pleased. Nice work.

sat evening

woohoo... finally cleaned up the Falcon and signed it off!

Here's both of them as a set!!

Cold yet sunny sat

Finally a clear day! Hooray. Poor old cepher ( c for cat) is very sick. Probably just 1 more week! But she's by the fire and I'm here having just spent a couple of hours doing the falcon. Almost done thank god! Then it's on to the mustang. I've found a superb old photo of the McRae gm1 in 1973 so that's definitely now on the list. Warwick coming round tomorrow so will prolly do some sky hawk painting. That'll be cool. Can't wait to do a good painting now the underpainting (the correct pro term) is done!
5 sales this week and war wicks sold HIS corsair so that's great news!

Need it to pay for the iplop!!.....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Back in the saddle...

It's been a while since I posted - my apologies, Brett - but it's been a trying few weeks what with restructures & redundancies. I think everything is sorted (touch wood, he said, placing a finger on his head).

I had started the Falcon that Brett is now working on (the grille is mine, for the moment) but I just couldn't engender enough enthusiasm to progress it. It was, therefore, quite pleasing listening to Brett this morning cursing & swearing about how difficult all those decals were. I think he had used just about every coloured pencil he owns (& every possible four letter word).

I have decided to do another Fokker DR1 triplane. They're not very exciting in real life - small & stubby - but I do enjoy drawing them - probably something to do with the bright colours they were painted in. So, here is the beginning of my next offering:

Golden Skyhawk painting started.

Probably too many on the go now but this is another commission.
Its the Centennial Golden Skyhawk of the RNZAF. Doesnt look very golden does it?
But this is the method Im trying. First paint it in sepia monotone colours in acrylic
Then do the background over the plane, then repaint everything in oils!!!
The first step went well, 2 hours to get this done for a kick off....

another Sunday

brrrr its cold...

2 hours at Warwick's again and just the tail and wing of the Falcon..
Very VERY finicky!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


started really getting into the Falcon dragster now...
The decals are boringly tricky for sure but perseverance wins the day.
I can see why Warwick was a bit daunted..  but its coming along...

Friday night is Magic night so Ill have to pack everything up again... bugger just when Im sinking teeth into this one!

Havnt seen Warwick for 3 days now, not been on the train at all... sick? hmmmm.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

BIG Sale!

woohoo... Mr Brown has consummated his purchase of 17 prints and I sent them yesterday.
Apparently for a 'feature wall'... Im going to HAVE to see that when its finished..

And after a very fruitful 2 hrs at Warwicks this morning Ive taken up the drag falcon while Warwick gets on with his first love (another Fokker DR.1) and Ive made good progress on the PDL Mustang II. Second time Ive done this one but this time from the front and merging a modern pic with the decals and driver from 'in the day'. Plus the ridiculous High Wing!

Lookin' good...
New one
 Old One

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

3 days off

Monday - Wednesday with this cold...
didnt even have the inclination to draw much.. started a PDL Mustang but....

Saw I had an RX7 sale tonight... hoorah I thought as its been a slow week... but then I received a question on the Custaxie auction asking if the trader could buy 17 of a selection of prints? Could he what?!!!!

Hope that one comes to fruition...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Gotta Cold

Damn, thought Id escaped this winter but... here I am at home sniffin and coffin...

Frank loves the dragster so just have to get the Falcon done now...
and start the anniversary squark
and start another Mustang II

couldnt go to Warwicks Sunday so dunno how the Falcon is progressing...

Saturday, July 3, 2010

One Dragster finished!! woohoo

Maree's one is now complete...

While Im waiting for the other one Im going to start another PDL Mustang II pic...
Chris Hyde wants one I think.. the high wing version so Im trying to fudge together two pics.. we'll see.

Noticed another artist from Marton selling similar pictures on Trademe this week. Best of luck to him (her?).

Back to the Sunday draw-in with Warwick tomorrow... that should be fun.