This is a WIP thread for what started out as a simple commission but is actually turning into two works.
First, the commission: The customer simply wanted a piece featuring a Sopwith Tripe. The rest was up to me. I suggested that we go with one of the famous Black Flight tripes of Naval 10 RNAS. My reason for choosing Naval 10 was that they were not only the most well-known unit to operate the tripe, but black metal cowlings are fun to work with.
I chose the obvious - Collishaw's N533 "Black Maria". To make it even more fun, I suggested to the client a ground scene set at Naval 10's base of Droglandt. I jotted down a small thumbnail to show the client what I had in mind and he gave the thumbs up. The scene will be viewed from a height of 11 feet and will actually feature 3 triplanes - Collishaw's, a second directly behind him, and one in the air in the distance. A few figures on the ground will help to guide your eye around and make it interesting.
Here is the original thumbnail sketch. The final piece will measure approximately 23" x 13.5".
So far, I've completed the perspective drawings for both Tripes and put them together in Photoshop.
As for the second WIP, that came about as a result of my misjudging the viewing angle on "Black Maria". I set my viewpoint a little too high on the first attempt and had to re-draw it to achieve the view that I used above.
Here is the result of the first attempt.
I didn't want that original work to go to waste, so I've decided to create a small Tripe study of one of Black Flight's other tripes. I think I'm going to feature N5376 "Black Sheep" doing a little engine runup.
Here is a quick little value study I created to work out the distribution of the lights & darks.
This little piece will measure 11" x 17"