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WWII Aviation art by Coleman

05-03-2005, 10:02 AM
There are a lot of you that have expressed interest in seeing some of my WWII aviation art-work. If this thing works here are some examples. FYI: The Corsair pic demonstrates how forgiving Prismacolor pencils are. I asked 50 people which way to curl the smoke coming off of the "Betty." No one knew, until 3 mins. after the original was co-signed. Of course it was curled the wrong way. The pilot co-signed the drawing over the smoke. This all had to be scraped off and covered with white. Then I had to go up to Winston-Salem and have Herb re-sign the drawing. I've had real trouble reproducing Moulmein Morning due to the contrasts between the sky and ground. There is much mor color in the original's sky. Range! Fire! is the greatest air story I've ever been privy to. It's been co-signed by the 1st pilot (not the one on this mission) the original nose artist, the original crew chief, the top turret gunner and the rt waist gunner. The pilot on the mission depicted out flew 40 German fighters firing rockets, cannon and machine guns in a 20 min running battle and didn't get a bullet hole in "the bus" as he called it. 9 days after this mission he was shot in his parachute by a bf-109 after getting hit by accurate flack. We got the pilot a Distinguished Flying Cross for the the two missions 50 years after the fact. The full account can be read on the 2nd BG web site. Caldera was co-signed by the pilot and gunner/observer. It is over Simpson Harbor at Rabaul. They All Got Away depicts an Me163 braking off an attack on a straggler after P-51's gave him a liittle discouragement. ( http:// ( ( ( (

05-03-2005, 12:09 PM
i like your work. :smile:

have you done other peices (E.G. modern aircraft) because you could post them and even become very well known around the world via these forums.

keep drawing! :smile: :smile:


05-03-2005, 01:07 PM
I've stuck with WWII because it won't be long before I won't be able to get first had accounts of that era. That is the first criteria of any of my WWII aviation art. I've got to have met at least one airman to relate a story to me. This time in history was like no other. It will never happen again. There has never been a time in air to air combat that the aircraft and airmen were that comparable, and in that close a proximity, and in that number. It is highly possible, after Nam, there will never be another ace! I am starting to build a collection of auto models to use for my etchings and I'm planning on doing a racing series of '50's and '60's LeMans and Can Am race cars in competition.

05-04-2005, 01:00 AM
Man these are really cool! The guys who piloted those things
were friggin heroes. Those were some amazing times.
I loved that era. Back when dogfights were settled
with many machineguns. None of this kill em from 100 miles away
without ever seeing them crap. :smokin: I hate the politics of wwII
but love the machines. :)

05-04-2005, 08:33 AM
I've never talked to one of these guys that thinks they are heros. "The heros died on the beaches, hedge-rows and the sky." Their modesty is overwhelming. They had a mission, a duty and a score to settle. To Hell with public opinion and political correctness. We were attacked! I don't want to get on a soap box but you don't do this type of art work without becoming opinionated. Maybe its the fact that after WWII the world changed. From that time onward man has had the capability of destroying his own existance as he knows it. But history has shown that dealing with dictators, despots, terrorist and tyrannical governments from a position of controled strength gets better results than negotiating and sleeping with them. We are losing the ability to manufacture our own hard goods. When this country can no longer produce its own necessities; it is in danger of being held hostage by those that hate and envy our very existance. I don't do this to make money. If that were the case I'd of quit along time ago. I try and keep my prints at a price that a 12 yr old can at least talk dad into buying one. I'd much rather sell a 12 yr old a print than a 50 yr old. The 50 yr old knows what happend. The 12 yr old hardly has a clue. When the 12 yr old gets a print it may spur their curiosity. I've been interested in WWII since I was 4 and built my first model; a B-25. This interest eventually expanded into history, geography, sociology, pollitical science, theology and even my art work can be attributed to wanting to draw planes. I'm not saying that everyone that buys a print will expand their horizons. But if they are courious it will give them something to think about.

One more thing about my "style" if you want to call it that. I try to incorporate the viewer into the picture. Hence the "in your face" smoke and clouds. Or as in "Abrupt Pull-out" three planes and four salvos of rockets.

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This wasn't as much buy design as necessity. There were originally four planes but the contributing pilot said after he saw the "finished" drawing his plane was third in line. He'd seen the rough but it didn't dawn on him until he saw the "finished" piece his plane was out of position. The only way I could make him third of four was to eliminate the first AC and align the fourth set of rockets to a plane you don't see. That makes the viewer his wingman. This again shows the versitility and forgiveness of CP.

Another odd thing happend with this drawing. I decided on a title "Abrupt Pull-out" before the drawing was started. It just so happend the pilot's plane was named "The Little Organ." Put 2 & 2 together. :confused: :eek: :grinyes:

Sorry about getting on my soap box.

05-04-2005, 10:36 AM
:biggrin: Sex reference in there.
Man your work rocks. I think I like the last one you posted most!
Liberators? Do you have a favorite plane from that era?
I think i dig the P-40 and the A6m for looks.
BTW -I also didn't mean I hate your politics of WW2 :)
I just meant it could get messy as the topic of discussion.

05-04-2005, 12:34 PM
No offense taken. There are a lot of things that the PC's think are wrong that I think were absolutely necessary back then. It makes for a particularly "sticky wicket" now.

The main reason I've stuck with WWII aviation I've already said. But the younger generation needs to be aware of the contribution and sacrifices these people made so they can enjoy the freedoms they have left today.

The planes in "Abrupt Pull-out" are A-26 Invaders. It is an absolutely beautiful aircraft in person. I guess my favorite plane would have to be the B-17. Fighter? Its probably the F4U Corsair. Of course this opinion is colored by knowing the guys that flew them.

05-04-2005, 06:12 PM
Lovin the Corsair man!! It's great!!

PS, I didn't want to read through that huge sentance right now....What medium is that?

05-04-2005, 08:51 PM
Color Pencil

05-05-2005, 12:39 AM
If any of you are in the Pope AFB area May 28-29 and would like to see some of the originals, or might like a print, I plan on exhibiting at the open house there. "Good Boss willin' and the creek don't rise......" Well it has twice before.

05-05-2005, 07:54 AM
Damn coloured pencil!? You must have ALOT of patience....

05-05-2005, 10:23 AM
Its not the drawing that requires the patience. Its the research to get the drawing. "Moulmein Morning" took 2 1/2 years to get right and two other drawings that were so incorrect I couldn't even re-do them. There was NO photographic info on the land mass of Moulmein, Burma. Only about 400 hits on-line. Most of them were "Free Myanmar." That's what Burma is called now. They evidently don't want your a$$ there. Or didn't when I was working on the drawing. I've been told things have changed somewhat now. I finally had to go to "DC" and the national archives to find the airbase Joe was talking about. It was worth it because between the cross between the typographical maps and the period aerial photos I feel like I'm pretty accurate on the ground work. Even the markings on the Ki25 I feel are accurate. I know Joe's P-40 is.

05-06-2005, 03:01 PM
Sir, I salute your much patience. Good day.

05-07-2005, 04:35 AM
neat work. i like seeing that nazi son of a bitch going down.

05-07-2005, 11:09 PM
The bf109 was one of two shot down by the tail gunner and ball turret gunner during a twenty minute running battle with 40 enemy planes of multipule types firing rockets cannon and machine guns. The B-17 didn't get a bullet hole! The pilot was KIA 9 days later after his B-17 (not this one) was hit by an accurate 88 through the wing. He put his plane in a flat 360 exiting his crew. On his decention he was shot in his parachute by a bf109. 50yrs later he was awarded a double mission DFC by the Secretary of the Air Force. I'm proud to have played a small part in obtaining this decoration for him.

05-08-2005, 02:52 AM
i respect him and your efforts and actions towards honoring the event, and giving him a chance for further posthumous glory.

i'd like to see more pics of kraut planes eating lead and fire.

05-08-2005, 10:43 AM
Yeah man, sorry to here that but at least he died for the good of his country...I agree with Bonz, it's cool to see someone still trying to honour these guys, even 60 years later....Very cool indeed.

Quoting Brothers in Arms...

"Whaddya figure Krauts eat for breakfast? Eggs...Toast?

...Cold cup of blood?"

05-08-2005, 02:09 PM
i realize that my racist comments about "krauts" may have alienated our german forum members. truly, i don't think all germans are nazis today. but, damn them for what they did last century.

05-08-2005, 02:39 PM
Racisim by any name still smells the same. Intolerence of the "individual freedoms of man" is what is intollerable.

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