Now this is a really old piece, dating back to those heady days before the turn of the millennium: 1997.
Created as a commission to feature M.Mitchell Marmel's character "Tali" in precarious position on a flying biplane, I took the idea further and not only chose the iconic Beech Staggerwing as the aircraft in action, but attempted to reproduce the look and feel of a classic art deco poster, with all the dynamic energy of the style.
For the greater part, I was successful.
I have since come back to this piece and cleaned it up a bit digitally, fixing some minor inking errors that bugged me and such. There were still some problems that annoyed me. In retrospect, Tali's figure was too big relative the plane and had to be scaled down for this updated version, for example. Thanks tot he wonders of digital editing, I have been able to finally put these matters to rest. But overall, the piece has truly stood the test of time fairly well.
As a result of the fixes, the version here is slightly different from the prior one I put on the 'net years ago, and somewhat larger to preserve detail, too
Pen and Ink on Bristol
with digital cleanup.
Updated March 16, 2008New Vector VersionVersion Comparison