Boeing 787-8 blank illustration templates

By Norebbo •  2 min read

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:

boeing 787-8 white side view

Side profile illustration of a white Boeing 787-8 over a blank background with and without the landing gear deployed

787-8 technical line drawing

787-8 technical line drawing

buy source file 787-8 airliner template

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!


My 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.