Wacom Companion, Paint Tool Sai, Photoshop CC
After being sick and tired of being a typical worker bee in their respectable hives, this trio came together to build a plane and take to the skies and travel the world; helping people and having adventures.
They built the plane together, and they fly it just the same. They all have their roles and have become self-trained experts at what they do:
The big guy is the best pilot their side of the world has seen, with the ability to fly through and around anything!
The one in the back is the best navigator and tracker around, being able to find his way to anywhere, from anywhere.
The excited one at the top is the best dealing with all things communications. If you have a message you need communicated, he can do it. He also gets excited and often uses the air-horn to excitedly let all the townspeople know that they’ve arrived or are departing.
By living their lives traveling around the world, they’ve earned a reputation for themselves. But they’ve never felt like celebrities. They’ve always felt like just good returning friends.
There’s this elaborate story that developed in my head during the creation of this piece, and this is just a snippet.
This is a Valentines Day gift for Chris (who also helped me create this piece) and Jeff, some of my most favorite people in the world.
What better way to celebrate the good people in your lives than with something full of adventure and wonder?
Close-up Detail Shots:
Art Process Recording
Using the Wacom Cintiq and primarily Paint Tool Sai, along with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, most of the process was actually screen-recorded. Here’s a video of the process. It’s 10+ hours of footage compressed into about 10 minutes:
Original Music Composition
A second part of this Valentine’s Day gift was created from the process itself. I was listening to Bread’s song, “Aubrey”. It’s a song I’ve always loved, but it felt very fitting for this entire story in my head. It’s very emotional, albeit a little melancholy, and its tone made me think of how much of the trio’s time was in the sky, once their nerves calmed down from their recent adventure, they’d get quiet and let their minds float among the clouds they were coasting through and just think about everything.
They’d think about life, they’d think about what makes them happy and scared, they’d look around them and think about how big the world is and how small they felt hovering above it… and they’d learn to just be okay and happy with everything. They’d learn to find solace in those clouds.
So I tried to take the same emotion that “Aubrey” has but translate it into a song that I imagine playing its initial slower part as they were saying their goodbyes, until the song picks up into an upbeat rhythem, and we see their plane swooping into view above the ocean waters until they’re up in the clouds, contently smiling about all the good they’ve done helping out all the people they did in their recent adventure.
The song is a bit hectic; it starts slow and becomes upbeat, then slow again and upbeat again, over and over. But it felt very fitting for their kind of life of constant adventures and wonders.
You can hear the song here:
It was a lot of fun to make. Chris dubbed the plane “Fancy” because that was the kind of flights this trio would go on. I instantly loved the idea! Then he designed the logo, and we put it all together. Thanks for your overall help, Chris.
The result is this piece, visually and even on a technical level, is one of my most favorite pieces that we have ever done. Really proud of this one.