Early Jet Plane is an acrylic watercolour I painted in 1982. I can’t recall what source I used as a reference or whether it was from a photo or an illustration.
I do seem to recollect a re-issue of the Eagle Comic in a new style and format with new Dan Dare stories drawn by an artist previously unpublished in that genre, in which the Pilot of the Future was depicted as having started off as a World-War-II British Air Force pilot complete with fur-collared brown leather jacket and I think, illustrated with one or two aerial images similar to this one, but that wasn’t until the early 1990s and this painting was done in 1982, so I’m a bit stumped as to why I created this image or from which source.
I can instantly see at first glance whenever I look at this image, no matter how much time has elapsed since last viewing it, that it is not only my own style and interpretation, but that the arrangement, positioning and colouring of the fields is typically my own invention. In fact, there may not have been any such detail displayed in the original source.
I also know that it was an illustration I wanted to draw and paint at the time.
I did two of them; the other one is called High Flyer and depicts a view looking skyward rather than Earthwards. It is also located in Landscape under Art in the Pulldown Menu.
Dave Draper 2014