"Hey Dad, I think I drew the wrong airplane!" was what I said when I was just about finished with this drawing. It came together at a surprisingly quick pace. But anyway I started this drawing with a set of vague three view drawings of the Italian Macchi M.5 Flying boat (the aircraft closest to the viewer.) from WWI. I wanted to research the markings this airplane had before I went anyfurther but when I began looking through a Windsock Datafile my father has on the Macchi boats I found they had many variations on the tail plane. I panicked for a bit but went further into the book and found the version I unwittingly drew and breathed a sigh of relief. I've been wanting to get into some WWI themed stuff for awhile now and I haven't drawn any aircraft in a while so I thought this would be a good start. Of course the aircarft had to be Italian (gotta out-do the competition somehow right? ) WWI in general has always been a favorite subject of mine, mostly because of my father. Even so I was looking through my gallery when I realized I only had two WWI themed drawings! This had to be remedied so I should have more WWI stuff comming here soon. Italy I believe entered the First World War sometime in 1915 on the side of the allies. They were originally supposed to come in on the side of the Central Powers but somehow managed to avoid being dragged in and then switched sides when it looked like the allies were going to win the war. Instead, the lines settled into a stalemate on the Western Front and Italy was torn apart by war. I don't know much about what happened but it doesn't sound pretty. The Italians suffered some pretty catastrophic defeats, such as the Battle of Caporetto. From the looks of it it would seem like the Italians had some of the same problems they had in WWII, poorly led, lack of equipment, bad organization, you name it. I'm told they had to bring out caches of black powder Vetterli rifles because of a weapons shortage and then had to use huge siege cannons for mountain warfare. Italy though, suffered from lack of good aircraft as well and had to rely on some FArench and Belgian aircraft such as the Nieport and Hanriot designs. The Macchi M.5 was actually a copy of a Hansa-Brandensburg flying boat design. One of these boats was captured from the Austro-Hungarian Naval Air Service. Though it should be noted that the macchi did have some design ideas taken from the Nieport 11 and 17, like the "v" strut. The Macchi actaully proved to be a pretty capable fighter and was one of the few Italian home brewed aircraft able to take on Austro-Hungarian (whom the Italians mostly tangled with) aircraft. I'm kicking the idea around of backscratching one of these beauties here soon.
And so it was, America had won her independence from Britain. But the young nation had little time to celebrate, for from the edge of the Universe came a frightening menace. As George Washing-tron leads America's armies into their first space war, the super genius Benjamin Franklin had discovered a way to harness the limitless power of the Patriot Atoms. Using his immense skills, he crafted a robot in his own image: Ben Robo. Together, he and George Washington, along with a time-displaced Lincolnvoy, must fight to ensure the future of America and Freedom. Go! Mechamericanize! Ben Robo!
This painting will be part of a collective exhibition in tribute to the Cuban poet Jose Marti on his birthday January 28.
Here is some of his poetry:
I Have a White Rose to Tend (Verse XXXIX)
I have a white rose to tend In July as in January; I give it to the true friend Who offers his frank hand to me. And for the cruel one whose blows Break the heart by which I live, Thistle nor thorn do I give: For him, too, I have a white rose.
Esta pintura va a ser parte de una exposición colectiva en homenaje al poeta Cubano José Martí en su natalicio 28 de enero.
Aquí algo de su poesía:
CULTIVO UNA ROSA BLANCA... (Verso XXXIX)
Cultivo una rosa blanca, En julio como en enero, Para el amigo sincero Que me da su mano franca. Y para el cruel que me arranca El corazón con que vivo, Cardo ni oruga cultivo: Cultivo la rosa blanca.
Констатин Хабенский (for every non-Russian speakers Konstatin Habensky ) as Admiral Kolchak from the Russian film Admiral (2008). I'm a very big fan of him since I saw the films Night Watch and Day Watch (he played the role of Anton Gorodetsky). So first I wanted to draw him as Anton. The only reason I finally drew him as Admiral Kolchak is that I love uniforms. I used a B grade pencil (and rubber of course ).
This is the third drawing I created that night after I drew the Plymouth and the Warbird. I placed my .357 Magnum on my bed in front of me and positioned it at an angle so that I could try to capture it in a very simple but profound way. I wanted the drawing to give the revolver a sense of weight and mass and create it's glossy, cold steel surface with a few of the reflecting details.
The weapon itself is a Smith & Wesson Model 686, a 6-shot double action revolver with a 6-inch barrel. It's a robust and durable weapon, yet comfortable to fire. It's the first brand new handgun I've ever purchased for myself. It remains the most powerful handgun in my collection, although there are certainly more potent guns out there these days.