I had the pleasure of working on this assignment recently for Flightglobal, for the cover of Flight International Magazine. The illustration strives to capture the meeting of Parisian culture and Aviation that occurs every other year when the Paris Air Show comes to Le Bourget Airport, just outside of Paris. This is the oldest and largest air show in the world, an aviation tradition that began in 1909.
Zooming ahead to the 21st century, you can also view the interactive version of the cover and magazine (Flash required) created by Kern Roderick-Jones of FMG that features animation of my mini Patrouille de France, the acrobatic jet team of the French Air Force.
One thing I relish as an illustrator is the opportunity to research an interesting subject like this and find the reference I need for all the details. When I lived in New York, I loved to visit the picture files at the New York Public Library, but I confess I love the convenience of a Google search even more.
My Dad happens to be a librarian at the National Naval Air Museum in Pensacola FL, so I was happy to show him that his love for airplanes, and for modeling and drawing them, has rubbed off a bit on me. Here's my Dad going the extra mile to get the best shot of his rubber band powered Fokker biplane. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
You can see the Paris Air Show cover art and more of my work on my illustration portfolio website at www.coyleart.com.