Creating Aviation Art on the
Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a
"Yellow 3", I./JG 7
by Thomas A. Tullis
The following illustrations provide a description of the steps involved in
creating one piece of artwork on the computer.
These steps do not represent a detailed tutorial, but they should give an
idea of the sequence of tasks required.
This particular illustration will appear on the cover of Eagle Files #5, "Stormbird
Colors" by Brett Green and Benjamin Evans.
Step 1 - Base Drawing
The first step is to create the base drawing with perspective
Step 2 - Base Colors
Next, the base colors sprayed in, starting with light areas
working to dark. Note the "palette" of colors to the left of the image.
Step 3 - "Rounding Out"
The palette is expanding! Now it is time to add some extra
light green, along with darker greens to "round out" the fuselage. Light and
shadows are starting to appear on the fuselage, adding to the three-dimensional
effect. The markings are also painted in at this time.
Step 4 - Canopy and Shadows
The base greens for canopy are painted in. Work also continues
on shadows. Check the tail - the shadow is present but the horizontal
stabilizers haven't appeared just yet!
Step 5 - Commencing the Wings
The canopy is finished and work begins on the wings and
horizontal tail. The process is the same as the fuselage - again painting light,
mid and dark sections.
Step 6 - Wings and Engine Nacelles
Now the opposite wing and both engine nacelles begin to take
Step 7 - Finishing Touches
Final markings and details are added to round out the aircraft
Step 8 - Adding the Background
As with the aircraft, the background is painted working from
point forward. A basic blue is painted in a gradated pattern from the upper
left down. Various shades of white & blue are then sprayed to render the
The illustration is integrated with the book cover.
Text & Images Copyright ©
2001 by Thomas A. Tullis
Page Created 11 November, 2001
19 April, 2004
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