The first Airbus A350 hadn’t even delivered yet before I illustrated it for my growing collection of side-profile airliner renderings. I had been looking forward to creating the Airbus livery on the A350 as soon as I heard about it, as I consider it one of the best looking self-branded liveries in existence.
This was even before high-resolution photos of the A350 were even available. That made this illustration especially difficult to create.
I scour the web for days gathering as many high-res detail photos as I can before I begin any aircraft illustration, but that wasn’t possible this time. Only one of these things were flying at the time, so that meant all that I had to work with were a small handful of press photos and lightly-detailed 3d renderings found all around the internet.
I’m fairly confident that I was able to render everything correctly, but since I was working from photos of prototype aircraft, I suspect I’ll have to update little details in these illustrations to represent final production versions later this fall.
Overall, I like the shape of the A350. But after creating the blank template, I gotta give the nod to Boeing for their better-looking 787. Mostly because of the scalloped engine nacelles and wings that flex beautifully under aerodynamic load.
While the A350 is an elegant-looking airplane, it’s very subtle. Other than the nicely-sculpted contours around the wing and fuselage connection (and the good looking nose), there’s little about the overall design which makes it unique and stand out. I wouldn’t be surprised if I found out that most people have a difficult time identifying it as an A350 at a crowded airport.
There are three variants of the A350:
This illustration represents the -900 (WXB). I chose to paint this first one in the factory Airbus livery, but I will be creating other versions depicting real airlines soon. I will be creating illustrations of the -800 and -1000 as well, so stay tuned for that.
As always, please feel free to use the attached illustration however you like just as long as you credit this page. Thanks!
NorebboMy name is Scott, and I started in the design industry over 20 years ago with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. I have an extensive background in both 2D and 3D illustration, and these days, I spend a majority of my time creating aircraft templates and airliner art. I’m basically an airplane dork.
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