In the Fall of 2016, I was
looking for an artist to paint the Sweet Rose sabre. My intentions were
to have artwork for my brothers for the holidays, and to keep the spirit
of the Sweet Rose alive. I browsed many art pieces on DeviantArt website
for an artist that can be dynamic and passionate about art. I usually
would browse many artworks from this website throughout time, but knew
no other or better place to start. I emailed a few artists, but the
greatest response was from an artist named Javier Bordon. I continuously
updated my computer with wall papers from the steps this artist made.
I initially asked that whatever angle of the jet that Javier decided
to work on, that I challenged the 'Sweet Rose', 'Wally Yocum' and the
'FU-539' would be visible and highlighted on the painting. It brings
much joy to view the art most every day. Much thanks to Janiver! Artwork
completed January 3, 2017.
"The painting it was done with Sakura japanese watercolors and condor natural hair brushes over Pentel graphit leads lines on 0.5 mechanical pencil. the paper support is some similar to Fabriano A4 but do not remind the mark in this moment. in the final render I applied some photoshop adjusts and retouchings using as fountain the same colors of the original painting but refocused anhancing contrast of areas, the original painting looks similar to the eye but due scaner tends to wash the color the photoshop adjust was unavoidable to keep the piece more similar to how it looks at the direct eye watching" - Javier Bordon (1.3.17)
Below are actual email messages and sketches/art shots from the artist himself. Its great to see his passion as he progressed on the steps of painting the Sweet Rose.
"Hello mr Eric sir,
here 4 possible angles for the Sweet Rose illustration, the shape is
not exactly, just sketchy forms, cause the main theme here is only the
angles of camera not the shapes, I vote for the 1 and the 4, as more
action-alike angles, but the 2 and 3 have maybe better full shape of
Sabre portraying features. I´m working in some colors sketches
to can show you between tonight and tomorrow. Really the Sabre is a
beautiful stylized machine like sort of silver fish, so the sunset will
fit as glove for the silver and smooth curves surfaces. I´m really
honored an Eagle engineer who is also son of a chief of crew of technics
behind such an amazing airplane is hiring me for this illustration.
I was engineery student in my youth, dreaming with aircraft engineering
someday, but finally decided work only as illustrator, so I know a little
bit of how much passion, work and effort is inside a mechanical dessign
and technical maintenance to keep a machine alive , I will try to do
my best to bring this illustration the heart feelings it deserve from
my artist side skills.
"hello Eric sir, here
some color sketchs for the Sweet Rose,
"hallo mr Yocum, here
the pencil basics for Sweetrose painting, sorry the multiple delays,
had terrible days lately. well this pencils are made over similar Fabriano
paper to support watercolors strikings, I will add sucessive layers
of painting from basical aproach till detailed rendering, and the drawing
will be sharpened across the painting till have defined features and
"hello mr Yocum, I´m
working in the first strike of colors right now, meanwhile here a bit
more detailed pencil of the Sweet Rose :)
"nice to bring some
joy with a drawing :) I started to love this airplane, the details and
lines are like a swimming creature built by wise winged men, is so joyful
to try catch the lines of the fusselage, they are strong but subtle
curve shape forms, make my hand feel the wind and the flight. will try
to have some color strokes in about some hours more :)
"mr Yocum, Eric my friend,
here the birth of a painting, the starting of the Sweet Rose in the
"Hello Eric my friend,
here the red settings for the sunset on painting. right now I´m
working to set the yellows and oranges and make the fusselage reflects
based on those contrast colors over the sunset itself.
"hallo Eric, sir, here
a new update.
"Eric, sir, here a new
update for the Sweet Rose .
'I will try to finish the
painting inside this week and will be adjusting contrasts, light and
shadows and details in the next hours, most I have to reduce the blues
in clouds to melt them better with the reds and accentuate contrasts
and shadows in general, plus sharp final details. however I think in
this point it is very closer of the final results. hope you like it.
feel free to write me back and wish you a Happy New year 2017 and a
great year everyday.