Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Fokker Dr.I: Back in Black

Fokker Dr.I: Classic Black

Black profiles can be a challenge. Finding the right mid tone is important. You need to gain a bit of range through modeling with gradients. Once you're done, add the markings for that particular plane. The next step is building up layers of highlights to make the profile pop.

Working in monochrome is a great way to practice your luminosity skills. There are other benefits. You can create adjustment layers and alpha channels for masks. You can also colorize a monochrome layer.With practice you can layer patterns such as wood grain or complicated lozenge schemes.

This is one of the iconic black triplane for me. I love the simplicity of it. All the surfaces which would have been blue or the standard streaked paint were painted black.

Jasta 12 used white cowlings and black tail-lanes. The wings are painted in the standard streaked upper surfaces and pale blue under-surfaces. The wing and landing gear struts are pale blue. Notable are the old style Iron Cross markings and the black rudder.

This is another plane from Jasta 12. The basic paint scheme is the same. The personal markings are different and the rudder is white. Please note, it bears the more modern Maltese Cross as ordered in the spring of 1918.

The Jasta is indicated by the white cowling and yellow, black striped tail-plane. Once again the wings are painted in the streaked and blue scheme. The number "4" is repeated on the top of the fuselage near to the tail-plane. Notable is the lack of a cross on the fuselage and the black paint over the original Iron Cross to make the new Maltese Cross.

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