ago I received a commission artwork from the Director of
Intelligence of 27FG from Langley AFB in Virginia. The request was a
litho of their last bird, the F/A-22 RAPTOR.
I got lots of pictures
including details and some more informations on this unusual subject
(at least for me till today). The disponibility of the 27th
Fighter Group was complete and allowed me to draw this artwork
stright from nothing, preparing also the lineart. Thanks to all
Some highlights on the
to study carefully all the pictures that 1FW gave me on this subjet.
So joining this material to some more stuff in my bookshelf I
prepared the line art with Corel Draw 11.
was ready I made a bitmap from this lineart almost 4900 pxls as
lenght. Over this wired looking Raptor, using Corel Photo Paint, I
applyed all my skill in shadowing and detailing.
to write this article to show some tips on my way of doing such a
kind of artworks. Here is a sandwich looking of intermediate steps:
the layers all together, here is the base of the artwork: Adding
some more shadwos and lights, I got this:
the cockpit and the glass reflex, in this picture are shown all the
layers needed to get this drop looking glass:
one: Here are some details of the final artwork. This lithograph can
be purchased through the online catalogue
Lockheed Martin F/A-22 Raptor 03-042
27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing Langley Air Force Base,