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One of the world’s less well known architectural gems, Kessock Viaduct in Inverness spans the Beauly Firth in the Highlands of Scotland, and, upon its opening in 1982, shaved up to an hour off the usual road journey time north from the city towards Wick, Thurso and John O’Groats.
Here we see a Cessna Caravan ambling above this superb structure while on another airborne endeavor.
A once familiar sight in the skies above Europe, the Hawker Siddeley Trident was the flagship of British European Airways, bringing speed, comfort and reliability to the new jet age. The Trident is most notable however for pioneering the automatic landing system that we take for granted today, being able to perform a near zero visibility landing while other aircraft would be grounded.
Something of a hypothetical drawing, what if the obscure Dassault Mercure had made it big in America?
Here, one of these curious Gallic craft are seen being pushed back from the gate, wearing the 1990’s US Airways dark blue and grey livery.
Seen roaring off with another Transatlantic supersonic sprint is this British Airways Bae-Aerospatiale Concorde in a fictitious hybrid livery, mixing the Landor Associates liveried tail with the dark blue cheatline of the original British Airways livery.
I’m particularly proud of the smoke effects I put behind the aircraft’s engines, this being achieved by taking a brown pencil, lightly shading that area, then smudging it with my finger. I then coloured in the rest of the aircraft.
Lining up for a departure, we have the classic Cessna 208 Grand Caravan, a sturdy and reliable little plane that has become the mainstay of many operations across the globe, either privately or for major airlines.
Coming in for a landing, one of Britain’s best selling and best loved aircraft, and one that pioneered the concept of the Turboprop, the Vickers Viscount 618, truly a magnificent aircraft that has come to define a generation of regional airliners.
A pleasant little piece I’ve been working on for the past couple of days. I’ve actually wanted to get into drawing areas in and around San Francisco as of late, but I felt a proper introduction to the City by the Bay is how most people approach it for the first time, that being from the window of an arriving airliner. 🙂
Here we have a Boeing 767-200 in a fictitious livery passing over the Golden Gate Bridge on its approach to San Francisco International.
Had a lot of fun doing those water effects, and while they don’t look anything like sploshing waves I felt a need to be slightly abstract and a little silly. 🙂
Love or hate Ryanair, they do have a very good livery, which suits the Boeing 737 very well! This took about two weeks to do during September 2013, but the end result was far better than I’d expected.
Sadly things do, many thought Concorde would last forever, but unfortunately time caught up with this beautiful supersonic beast of the skies. I originally sketched this as a doodle in about June 2013, but eventually finished it off by the end of the year.
Launching for another Trans-Atlantic voyage, British Airways Bae-Aerospatiale Concorde flagship G-BOAC let’s loose the Afterburners to depart Runway 27R at Heathrow. Concorde was the world’s first and only commercial airliner to be fitted with military style Afterburners, and were used to provide that extra bit of power to get this warhead with leather seats on the go!
Starting its take-off roll with another Transatlantic supersonic sprint is this British Airways Bae-Aerospatiale Concorde in a fictitious hybrid livery, mixing the Landor Associates liveried tail with the dark blue cheatline of the original British Airways livery.
Now this was a fun one to draw, I haven’t been to Los Angeles LAX since 2004, but I always remember seeing British Airways Boeing 747-400’s on the ground like this. This particular piece was done over a couple of weeks in Summer 2013 while I was away from University.
Another somewhat conceptual image, but I wanted to give an angle that’s not normally seen on good old Concorde, looking almost straight down the nose! Here we have flagship of the fleet G-BOAC, rocketing off on another supersonic voyage.
Here we see the mighty supersonic beauty being pushed back from the gate whilst the Flight Crew droop the nose and extend the ailerons as part of the Pre-Flight Checklist.
Also added to the mix, an arriving Eastern Airlines Airbus A300B4, just to make the scene look a little busier.
Another day, another Concorde! At the time I was on a real Concorde buzz throughout Summer 2015, and thus many of what I consider my best pieces were spawned from this creative little streak!
A conceptual piece drawn up as part of a short ongoing series from the window of a Boeing 767 as it flies across the various landscapes that make up the American mainland. This scene depicts a snowy mountain range, either in the American or Canadian Rockies.
Swooping in from it’s supersonic buzz, a British Airways Bae-Aerospatiale Concorde!
I’m a real lover of the Boeing 767, a beautiful design that looks good in just about every livery an airline can put on it. My particular favourite though is the crisp and uniform lines of the recently replaced American Airlines livery that made its debut in 1970, here depicted on a Boeing 767-200 as it climbs away from a snowy airport with a Singapore Airlines Douglas DC-10 taxiing in the background.
A classic Concorde scene, drawn up over a couple of days in 2014, I wanted to capture the true beauty that was and always will be this magnificent Supersonic Airliner.