The process used to generate these images is truly revolutionary and a departure from traditional painting. After careful research of the aircraft and events, all components of the scene are painstakingly hand modeled with great detail in 3 dimensions using computer software similar to what is used in aerospace engineering. Careful attention is paid to creating an accurate shape including even the finest details. The aircraft and other components of the image are then digitally “painted” in 3 dimensions with their appropriate markings and color details.
When modeling is complete the scene is set. A new and advanced form of 3D lighting is used to calculate the light in the scene with the greatest realism. Special motion and particle effects similar to those used in feature film production are used to add smoke, fire and action. Because of the enormous file sizes needed to produce a true fine art print the images is created in many layers and passes so individual layers may be adjusted independently before final printing.
After the 3 dimensional aspects are finished, digital painting is used to add final touches to the scene. When the image is complete, a series of proof prints are run with adjustments being made to the image and color between each set until the desired result is realized. The original file is 20,400 pixels by 14,400
or 1,400 megapixels (digital cameras are typically 12 to 15 megapixels). These pieces contain NO PHOTOGRAPHY and are 100% original artwork. The file is over 900 megabytes in size and produces an image of truly stunning clarity and detail even at the largest print sizes. All the painstaking detail of the image comes though with crystal clarity.
Although some artists feel that the use of a computer in art is a “shortcut” or cheating, quite the opposite is true. The process is highly complex and time consuming and simply requires a different skill set developed over many years of practice. The typical time in production of these images is 4 to 6 months but sometimes up to a year. This technique produces an image with a different look and style than traditional paint and provides a truly fresh, new product to the world of aviation art. This is art in high definition like you've never seen it before!
Prints: This method of printing uses a high fidelity ink-jet process to produce outstanding prints on canvas. The result is a print with a rich texture and an almost identical look and feel as an original. Giclée prints are durable and damage resistant. They provide long lasting rich color and a level of quality that can only be achieved with fine art giclée printing.
Paper Prints: Due to the popularity of canvas prints and the susceptibility of paper prints to damage in shipping, paper prints are no longer available.
Artists Proofs: An Artist Proof is a tradition carried on from the days of Lithography printing where the first prints were considered better than later ones. It was also a method of payment from publishing houses to artists. Today there is no difference in print quality but they are numbered as AP's and have a higher collectable value. Each Artist Proof is individually inspected in detail to make sure it is absolutely perfect in every way.