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  • Writer's pictureRowan Karrer

New personal project still - Spitfire

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

I recently completed this image as a personal project. The catalyst for creating it was wanting a printed artwork for an apartment I just moved into. I have another really beautiful image of the Flatiron in New York, which I bought when I was there travelling a few years ago. I wanted an image to go near it, but the Flatiron image has an oddly vertical and thin profile, and it's monochrome - so finding something would have been tricky, so I resolved to making something from scratch.

I love warbirds. I've been obsessed with them since I was young. There's something about the aircraft from this period, perhaps the fact that because they had less power than jet aircraft eventually would, they may have had to move more elegantly with the forces of nature. Lift and drag would have been so much more important when thrust was in lesser supply. Whatever the reason, there is a grace to the machines that belies the character of their purpose, and I tried to capture that in this image. The Spitfire to my mind is the epitomy of design in this era. There are so many stunning aircraft from this period to choose from, and any one of them would have worked for this image, but there's something about the Spit that just gets the heart racing.

Add the recent passing of the queen, and I guess we could say it is an homage to Britain and their triumphant and costly involvement in World War 2.

This image was created with 3DS Max, VRay, and Photoshop.

I'll set about getting it printed and framed in the weeks to come, but for now, here it is. I hope you like it, and God Save the Queen.


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