Now that I’ve created a high resolution side-profile illustration of an Airbus A380, I’ve been having a lot of fun creating some real-world versions of it. I should be working on more 3d illustrations, but I just can’t help myself. It’s fun to do something different every now and then!
Deciding to paint up a British Airways version next was logical for two reasons: first, British Airways will take delivery of their first A380 later this month (it’s kind of a big deal), and second, I will get my chance to fly with them for the first time this weekend from San Diego to Stockholm. I’m looking forward to it!
In the past I’ve been hesitant to create any aircraft illustrations with the British Airways livery – simply because I think it’s somewhat of a poorly-executed design. I don’t mean to say that it’s ugly, but my problem is with the Union Jack flag on the vertical stabilizer. I liked it when it was first unveiled, but over time I’ve come to notice how inconsistent and sloppy it is. It looks as if the designers traced a random photo of the flag in Adobe Illustrator and just plastered it on the airplane without much care to balance out the positive and negative spaces. So even though I have created a near-exact reproduction of the tail art, I can’t stand the fact that the lines are irregular and don’t flow as smoothly as I’d like. If it was the creative director for this project, I would have taken the time to smooth some of that out a little bit.
Other than that, I do think that the blue and red colors of British Airways look pretty good on the big A380.