The local population is in varying degrees living in WWII and suddenly willing to draw anything from people smoking cigarettes to tanks, and other hitherto undesirable artistic subjects.
So, last month, several of us had an Artist Trading Card swap solely concerning the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, despite the fact that two-thirds of the participants had practically never drawn airplanes previously.
Mary Rose made these two ATC's:
The first shows a scene inspired by the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! (as was the entire swap) in which two pilots dubbed Merry and Pippin rush to their respective P-40's. The second illustrates by means of P-40's the Air Force Song, Off we go into the Wild Blue Yonder, which is lately exceeding popular.
I also depicted American P-40's, flying. The first is practically a field guide illustration, 'P-40 in flight, USA green morph'. The other was supposed to be reminiscent of a painting of birds, in which it was successful (Josiah axed if they were flying over Tom's Cove).
Josiah drew the P-40 pilot's-eye view; visible is the ME 109 his adversary. And he just about said, ha ha, we'll never be able to tell whether the plane is American or British, upon which we others all groaned. Second, the British P-40 on the ground. I daresay, they had more imagination in aeroplane paint.
You may conclude rightly, we had a jolly time swapping. Airplanes are surprisingly fun to draw. But.......... Hey! let's close with a nice leetle quotation from Michael Harwood's The View From Hawk Mountain.
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"To describe what man does in his winged machines as "flying" is more than generous, compared to the hawk, man just bangs the air, slams through it."