Aviation Profile Artist
Introducing the artist:
David Carter is an aviation enthusiast living in rural NSW. He grew up in and around Sydney Airport during the 1960s when jets, turboprops and radial engines were still in balance. David’s interest in aviation has evolved over the years – from spotter to aviation writer to flight simmer to aviation profile artist.
Back in the 1960s, he used to admire the profiles and three-views done by English airbrush artists such Peter Endsleigh Castle. But his attempts to recreate these works were foiled by the lack of an airbrush, and more importantly, the complete dearth of talent.
Forty years later and Photoshop, a digital photo-editing program, was discovered. After initially fiddling around with repainting planes into Australian markings for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, David realized the potential of Photoshop and its unlimited “undo” functions to finally produce profiles of aircraft.
From the outset, David wanted to do airliners, which was handy because everyone else wanted to do military. He also decided against jetliners because, firstly, reproducing the modern photo-real decals took more ability than David had and secondly, because information on colour schemes of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s was harder to get, making the final artworks less prone to being picked to pieces. The research proportion of an artwork is much greater for an old plane because there are fewer resources available.
The artworks are all digital, naturally enough, which on close examination shows an image made of pixels. From the earliest works shown here, the DC-3s, to the latest, the DC-6, the files have grown. A DC-6 profile is about 3000 pixels wide compared with 2000px for the DC-3. This increase in pixels has allowed more detail to show in smaller logos.
Why not go higher and get more detail? Well, the Photoshop files become monsters. A 3000px file is around 6-7Mb but a 10,000px file is more like 60Mb. Opening and saving would take ages and RAM would be quickly eaten up as every alteration is saved in Photoshop’s memory. So 3000px is the optimum balance between detail and practicality.
Every part of the artwork is original. No use is made of cut and paste from photographs. Colours are sampled from the best available photos or based on written descriptions or RGB formulas. Sampling is unfortunately affected by different films and fading of the paint, particularly red. Titling on the planes is also difficult be caused signwriters lacked the precision of a modern laser decal machine. At Ansett-ANA for instance, there were as many “S” characters as there were signwriters.
Those interested in purchasing a print from these profiles, should contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Price for an A4 print on high-gloss Canon photo paper is $35 including packaging and postage inside Australia. Postage outside Australia will be extra.
For a quote for larger
purchases and payment methods contact David Carter by email.
List of Profiles Available