Sup guys, this is my first post on a.net in quite a while. Glad I saw this thread though! Aviation and art, specifically pencil drawing of detailed subjects, have been two of my favorite hobbies for quite a while. So naturally, I like to draw planes.
Here's my current work in progress, a left side profile of a Continental 737-300. I've been at this one for quite a while, as I don't get a whole lot of time to work on it, but when I do, I work VERY slowly. But I hope to have it finished within the next month or so, as I'm about to graduate from high school and will have a fair amount of free time this summer between my job and flight lessons and before heading off to college.
My scanner isn't the greatest and unfortunately doesn't do my work justice.
But it'll do.
So far the biggest challenge has been the tail logo. Obviously I had to leave the white lines of the globe completely untouched, as you can't just take a white pencil and go over the blue and gold. The colored pencils I use have very soft lead (Prismacolors, for anyone who wants to know) in order to obtain a rich and even tone, which is good, but the tips break very easily, and one little slip and I could have ruined the entire logo by messing up the white lines. Luckily that didn't happen though. Add to that, I had to blend two different shades of blue to get a color I was happy with. (It looks darker on the scan than it does on the paper, not to mention on the scan the tone looks pretty uneven and splotchy. Looks much better and clearer on the actual picture.) So yeah, it was tedious and painstaking work to get that logo done, but I'm very pleased with the outcome.
It also took longer than you'd expect until I was pleased with the cockpit windows. Spent hours and hours reworking them, a little tweak here, a tweak there, darker here, lighter there... until I was happy. Again, the scan doesn't do them justice.
Engine took way too long as well, but wasn't too terribly difficult. Next step is to fill in the shading and detail of the wing and pylon, then the belly. I'm really closer to being done than it appears. I'm pretty much past the challenging parts. After the wing and belly shading is done, I'll add all the fine detail such as panel lines and what not.
I started this drawing over a year ago and have worked on and off. It's been an extremely slow and challenging process, but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end. This is definitely going to turn out to be my best side profile airliner drawing by a long shot. I should post some pictures of my hideous drawings from 7-8 years ago when I first started these drawings... But like they say, practice makes perfect. Well, not exactly perfect, but definitely better than before!
Man, you guys who know how to make these drawings on the computer, I envy you! You don't know how good you've got it!