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USAIr 767 side profile

As I mentioned in my recent post about the Piedmont 767-200 illustration, I couldn’t help but to do this polished aluminum USAir version at the same time. It’s certainly not a very exciting airline and aircraft combination, but I was feeling somewhat of a nostalgic vibe at the time and I jumped at the opportunity to create another classic livery for my archives. And it just so happens to be that it was USAir that bought out Piedmont in 1989 (and American Airlines bought out USAir/USAirways last year), so now I’ve got the complete set of 767-200 illustrations from this series of related mergers.

As far as airline liveries go, there isn’t much to this classic scheme. Created by SBG Partners and unveiled in 1989 (right after the Piedmont merger), it’s got all the lines, colors, and simplicity of something dreamed up in the heart of the 1980s. I was able to apply it to my polished aluminum 767-200 template fairly quickly, and as matter of fact, this may have been the easiest livery recreation that I’ve ever done! This kind of simplicity is very much appreciated after spending so much time on some of the others in my collection. It all balances out in the end, I guess.

Unfortunately, I don’t have very fond memories of USAir. They suffered a series of unfortunate (and careless) mishaps back in the 1990s that were pretty scary to read about, and to make matters worse, this was the preferred airline for the company that I worked for starting in 1996. I didn’t mind the business travel associated with that job, but having to fly USAir really deflated my sense of adventure and excitement for each trip. Thankfully I survived!

Piedmont Airlines Boeing 767-201/ER

Sometimes whenever I start working on a project, I get really into it and end up doing a lot more than originally intended. These Boeing 767-200 illustrations are a perfect example of that. My primary reason for creating a 767-200 template was so that I could render up one with Delta’s old widget livery – one of the best looking airline liveries of all time if you ask me. But once I finished, I thought that it would be cool to do one for American Airlines in their polished aluminum scheme. And if I was going to do that, I thought that I might as well create at TWA version too. But that’s when I really started getting nostalgic, finding myself in Photoshop laying the colors for Piedmont Airlines onto another copy of my blank template. Oh – and I almost forgot that there was a USAir version created somewhere in between all that as well, which I’ll post it up on the blog soon.

The silly part? All of this happened in one 24 hour period. Sometimes my drive to create gets the best of me and it’s difficult to let go of what I’m working on.

Anyway, back to this Piedmont 767 rendering. Piedmont Airlines was a small(ish) US airline based out of Winston-Salem North Carolina founded in 1948, and they eventually merged with USAir in 1989. I personally found it interesting that that they were solidly a US domestic airline with mostly short-range flights, but they did operate one single international route from Charlotte to London (Gatwick) utilizing Boeing 767-200 aircraft. Kind of an odd route for such a niche airline.

My illustration above is an exact representation of one of those 767’s. As with all aircraft liveries of the 1980’s, it sports a super-cool cheatline intersecting the windows right through the middle of the fuselage. Too bad we never got to see this brand evolve, as I do like their brand colors and logo quite a bit.

Long live the cheatlines!

red and white TWA 767 drawing

Here in the US, there aren’t many airlines that have as much history as TWA (Trans World Airlines). They started flying way back in 1925, and lasted all the way until 2001 when they merged with American Airlines. That’s a long time – certainly longer than most of the other airlines flying around in the US today. That said, I’ve only flown with them 5 times – all of that in their last months of 2001 before disappearing from the skies for good. I wish that I could have experienced them in the late 70’s to early 80’s (arguably their “prime” years) just to see what they were really like. There’s just something about the thought of being served freshly-carved roast from a tray while sitting in a paisley first class seat from STL to LAX (or LHR, or FRA, or….wherever) that gets this aviation geek excited. Hey – I love this kind of stuff!

As far as an airline goes, I remember them as being an old (crusty?) established brand. They certainly weren’t known for being a flashy airline and their corporate branding was quite stiff if you ask me. No flashy colors, supermodel stewardesses, or gimmicky products – just a solid, world class airline serving destinations all around the globe.

Their liveries did nothing to convey the opposite, as most of them were safe and sterile – including the version I’ve illustrated above. This was their second to last livery, with the last one unveiled only a few short years before their death. But this one is my favorite. Nothing screams “1980’s” more than thick red stripes running down the side of a white fuselage – it totally reminds me of the A-Team van (with different colors obviously), and I swear I can hear Wham or Madonna playing in the background. Its way cheesy. And I love it.

DL 767-200

As a child of the 80’s, the iconic Widget livery is the one that I think defines Delta Airlines. I can recall with great clarity the advertisements in newspapers and magazines featuring photos and illustrations of Delta L-1011’s and 767’s (just like this one), and I had scrapbooks full that stuff. So yeah – this widget livery is burned into my brain pretty good. The current livery just isn’t even on the same level, IMHO.

As far as the illustration goes, I there were a couple areas that ended up being more difficult than I had planned them to be. First was the exposed aluminum section on the bottom half of the fuselage. This is a highly-polished section of the airplane in real life, and the reference photos I used to make this illustration showed that it was highly reflective and mirrored whatever was underneath it at the time. It’s difficult to replicate that effect when rendering these over white backgrounds (because there’s nothing to reflect other than white), so I had to take a bit of artistic liberty and render it a bit more generic than I would have preferred. The other issue was the typeface for “DELTA” – in real life, it was not the same on both the tail and on the fuselage. Interesting! But a royal pain in the butt…it took me a bit of time to realize this and make these titles look like they should.

Anyway, most of the airliner art I’ve created so far have been depictions of current airlines and aircraft, so it was fun to take a step back in time and create a true “classic”. It was so much fun that I did a few more on the 767-200 – so stay tuned for those.

american airlines 767-200 artwork

I’m still taking a short break from building that 3d model of an R8, so I thought it would be fun to get back into doing some more airliner art. Jumping back and forth like this between 3d and 2d stuff like this is good for my brain, as it keeps me from becoming burned out from being focused on one thing for too long. Burn-out is definitely a problem for me – it tends to happen quite often if I don’t take the initiative to combat it (not doing any illustration work for a while or just switching projects is a good start).

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to do an illustration of an American Airlines 767-200 for a while now. For those of you who don’t follow the airline industry, the 767-200 has been a backbone of the American Airlines fleet for nearly 30 years, and the last one of them was retired earlier this year. They were old, tired, and in desperate need of replacement – but the aviation buff in me saw these old birds as one of the last of the flying classics. It was a real shame to see them go, especially since they were directly replaced by not-so-exciting Airbus A321 single-aisle aircraft.

Nostalgia aside, another reason for wanting to do this illustration was because of the complexity of the livery. I like a challenge, and creating a realistic-looking polished aluminum texture was not easy – I struggled with it for a long while before getting to a point where I was satisfied. Is it perfect? Hardly. There’s a lot about this illustration that I don’t like, and I’ve already got some ideas floating around in my brain about how I can do it better next time.

For the background, I created a simple silver texture and then placed a very large solid gray version of the American Airlines eagle logo on the right hand side to compliment the shape of the vertical stabilizer. It becomes more of an abstract element like this (as opposed to being identifiable as the AA eagle logo), but that’s why I thought it looked kind of cool.

767 side profile all white

It’s nice to be back doing some wide body aircraft templates after focusing on the smaller stuff (like the 737-700 and A319) for so long. Of course I enjoy creating detailed templates of any type of aircraft, but I like doing the bigger stuff the most. So here we go – this 767-200 is the first in what will be an entire collection of Boeing 767 templates, which is going to include the entire series (this -200, -300, -300F, and -400). As a matter of fact, all of those other variants are already in progress – I decided to create everything together this time, instead of doing one type first and then going back later to do all the other variations. While it’s nice to have the entire collection completed at the same time, it’s difficult for my short attention span – it’s a lot of work to create so many variations!

767-200 detailed line drawing

Technical line drawing of a Boeing 767-200 (these all have General Electric engines by the way)

buy source file 767-200 airliner template

Creating my airliner template series has been quite a learning experience for me. It’s been interesting to do the research on each aircraft and to identify the differences between the latest designs and older generations of airplanes like this 767. Form and shape is a big difference – compare my Airbus A350-900 template with this 767-200, and you’ll notice a pretty huge leap in aerodynamics and wing shape. These are things I probably never would have noticed if I hadn’t been creating side profile templates, so this is pretty interesting to me. It’s also neat to see the differences in panel sectioning – older aircraft seem to have many more sections and panels than the newer composite aircraft do. Neat stuff for a design and aviation nerd (like me), right?

And because I have been working on the entire 767 family together, I never really noticed how short and stubby the -200 variant was compared to the more popular -300 series. You’ll be able to see what I mean when I post those templates (which will be soon).

Finally, as a bonus, here’s a blank bare metal version:

polished aluminum 767-200

767-200 bare metal version