Wing Walker

Here is another illustration for Truman State University Press book on Notable Missourian Maria Meyer Fower (Written by Christine Montgomery).  Here she is shown climbing out onto the wing of her JN-4 Jenny.  A common thing for her, but this time was different.  They were flying through downtown St Louis on a particularly gusty day while attempting to whip up crowds for a show.  The intense wind made it harrowing enough that the pilot cut it short and returned to the open air in short order.  

Final Art

Final Art

Rough Sketch

Rough Sketch

Alternative Rough Sketch   

Alternative Rough Sketch

 

Marie Meyer Fower Learns to Fly

This illustration for Chapter 2 of the Notable Missourian book on Marie Meyer Fower (written by Christine Montgomery and published by Truman State University Press) shows Marie being instructed on how to fly the famous and at the time ubiquitous Curtiss JN-4 Jenny.  The Jenny was designed as a trainer aircraft during WWI. After the war thousands were sold as surplus for next-to-nothing prices.   All these easy easy to fly aircraft were suddenly in the hands of civilians brave enough to fly them in an almost completely unregulated environment.  Thus began the barnstorming era!   That period really helped put the plane into the public consciousness....although not always for the good.  In the daredevil world of Barnstorming, dramatic accidents were not uncommon.

Rough Sketch

Rough Sketch

Rough painting, acrylic on panel

Rough painting, acrylic on panel

Final image

Final image


Marie Meyer Fower, a Missouri Barnstormer

This Notable Missourian book (written by Christine Montgomery and published by Truman State University Press) is about Marie Meyer Fower. Not only was she one of the rare women pilots in the early days of flight, she was also a barnstormer, wing walker, and all around daredevil with a true love of aviation. This first illustration shows Marie playing with the other kids in St Louis and noticing an early airplane flying in the distance.

Rough Sketch

Rough Sketch

Colors roughly blocked in by hand in acrylic

Colors roughly blocked in by hand in acrylic

Finished art, completed in Photoshop

Finished art, completed in Photoshop