Lufthansa Airbus A380-800 illustration

By Norebbo •  3 min read

Here is an Airbus A380 in the Lufthansa livery that I just put tougher. I’m still a bit torn whether or not I like this aircraft or not, but I’ll admit that it does look great in the Lufthansa colors.

I’ve been creating vector-based aircraft illustrations for a little over a year now, and for the most part, they are a fun and interesting diversion from my normal 3d work. The downside is that they are extremely time-consuming, requiring a large chunk of time that I would otherwise prefer to be spending creating 3d models. To make matters worse, this Airbus A380 is (by far) the most complex aircraft I have illustrated to date, meaning that I pretty much haven’t touched my 3d modeling software for the past three weeks. I think I’m having withdrawals.

Airbus A380 in the Lufthansa livery

Airbus A380 in the Lufthansa livery

For those who are not aware, my process for creating these side-profile airliner illustrations goes something like this:

As you can see, this is a huge amount of work for just one illustration. I basically have to commit to it fully before I begin, knowing full well that this is going to consume me for 2-3 weeks without allowing time for other projects. But it feels so good when I complete one of these things that it makes the effort feel totally worth it.

Now that I have a wireframe line-drawing and a fully rendered all-white version created, I can have a bit of fun and start applying different airlines liveries to it. The first one I chose for this Airbus A380 illustration is Lufthansa, admittedly because they have one of the simplest airline brand identities flying today and I didn’t really have the energy to create something more complex like the British Airways or Malaysia Airlines colors. Those will come later…

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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.

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