Have you ever fully committed to a project before realizing how much work it’s really going to be? That’s exactly how I feel about my decision to create blank templates of all the major airliners (past and present). I’ve quickly discovered how much time aircraft art takes, and frankly, I didn’t expect it to take more time than the 3d illustrations that I do. This is hard work! But I am enjoying it, so I have declared it as long term project (that may never be complete) and I’ll just do what I can.
So here we go. Next up in my series of blank templates is one of the most talked about airplanes in existence today: the Boeing 787-8. If you recall in my 777-200 post, I mentioned that it was relatively easy to create illustrations of that airplane, as it has been around for a while and there is a ton of good reference material for it. Well, that’s not quite the case for the 787. This is a brand new aircraft, and trying to find detailed pics and diagrams has been…difficult! So that means that I had to use my own creative freedom in a few places, which I hope to fix over time as higher quality reference material becomes available.
As usual with all my templates so far, I’ve created two versions of this 787: a blank (all white) illustration, and a more detailed black and white line drawing:
On a side note, I never really noticed how much of a leap forward in design the 787 was until I started doing these drawings. The nose looks like a space ship, and I am totally digging the scalloped engines. This is a good looking aircraft!