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Hawaiian 767 with winglets

Back in March of this year, I posted the illustration I created of my favorite airline/aircraft combo of all time: the Hawaiian Airlines A330-200. It was a horribly complex livery to recreate (and it wasn’t perfect), but I had a lot of fun with it and I enjoyed the challenge. As a matter of fact, I was so excited about completing it that I made plans to create side profile illustrations of the entire Hawaiian fleet! But you know how things go – life can get busy without warning, which means having less time for fun personal side projects such as this. Yeah, things have been busy between now and then, and I’m just now getting back to working on cranking out illustrations of the rest of that Hawaiian Airlines fleet.

You know that I’ve already done the A330 and the DC-10 (which was one of my first-ever pieces of airliner art), so the next one I decided to focus on was the 767. These Hawaiian 767-300’s are quickly being phased out of the fleet and being replaced by the A330’s (and coming A321’s), which is kind of weird to me considering I remember when the 767’s started replacing the DC-10’s. Has it really been that long? Crazy how time flies.

Just like the problems I had with the A330 version of this livery, this 767 was no different. The tail art is nearly identical, but there are some slight differences in the lower section of the fuselage – I’m not really sure why the designers chose to make this livery different between these two aircraft, as I applied the same one to both (just to see what would happen) and I didn’t encounter any issues. But being a designer myself, I know all about unforeseen problems and thus the necessary design inconsistencies between products that don’t really make much sense to everyone else. There’s a reason for everything!

And just like UPS (United Parcel Service), Hawaiian maintains several variants of the 767 in their fleet. Some of these have those beautiful winglets installed (as shown in the illustration at the top of this post), while others do not. Here is an example of this same aircraft (N582HA) without the winglets:

hawaiian 767-300 without winglets

N582HA without winglets

It won’t be long before these 767-300’s are gone for good, so fly them while you can!

HA A330 side view drawing

I don’t consider myself to be a lazy person, but I’m starting to notice a disturbing trend. In my last post, I said that the Malaysia Airlines 777 illustration I uploaded had been in my archives for over a year in an unfinished state. And right now, I’m posting a Hawaiian Airlines A330-200 illustration that’s been sitting half-done since last September. I’m starting to have doubts about my vigor as an illustrator…

All kidding aside, billable projects are largely responsible for my lack of personal illustration projects over the past year or so. It’s been a busy year, and the truth is that I often don’t have the energy to sit down and work on 3d renderings or aircraft illustrations in the evenings after a long day of banging out stuff for my clients. So as you can see, it’s not really about laziness – but it is kind of frustrating being so busy and not having the energy to work on the side projects that I love doing so much.

I had a bit of extra time over the past few days (woo-hoo!), so I thought it would be a great opportunity to dig my half-complete Hawaiian A330 illustration out of the archives. The aircraft was still in unshaded line-art format in Illustrator, and the tail art was still very crude and loose from where I left off last September. It was a ton of work to get it where it was three days ago to the illustration you see above. And I’m not going to lie – the tail art was so frustratingly complex that I gave up on it about two hours in. I came very close to throwing it back into my archives (still unfinished), but several hours later I rolled up my sleeves and declared that this one had to be finished.

Why the urgency? Well, the Hawaiian Airlines livery is my favorite airline color scheme of them all and I thought it was odd that I didn’t have it in my archives. I’m usually not a fan of predominately white aircraft (booooring), but the design of the tail section – along with the bright / tropical colors – makes this one very appealing.

HA DC10 side view

Just like the Saul Bass United Airlines DC-10 illustration I recently made, this Hawaiian Airlines version is one of my favorites. The livery is very simple and highly iconic of the Hawaiian culture of the airlines, and was very attractive for it’s time. Heck, I still think it’s one of the most attractive airline color schemes in the history of this business! I’m also quite fond of their service – I’ve flown them a handful of times between San Diego and Honolulu, and they pretty much beat all the other carriers to the islands in terms of onboard product and Hawaiian hospitality. Especially with their new Airbus 330′s on the route – which is a huge step up from the 767-300′s they used to fly.

Anyway, I think what made this old work livery work so well was the fact that Hawaiian Airlines bought all their DC-10′s from American Airlines. As we all know, American is known for it’s smart-looking polished bare-metal livery. When HA acquired one of these birds from AA, all they had to do was remove the AA cheat line and tail logo and replace it with their own tropical version. It was a very easy conversion to make, and it looked very sharp at the same time. I remember seeing these HA DC-10′s cruising around LAX like ants in the late 90′s – and sadly, the aviation geek in me really misses them.

Unfortunately, this livery didn’t stand up so well to the scorching sunlight over the years. Nearly all of those Hawaiian DC-10′s were fading pretty badly and looked downright rough by the time they started being phased out in the early 2000′s. But no worries, this illustration depicts what a freshly-painted HA DC-10-30 would look like back in the 80′s and 90′s. And I actually learned a thing or two about this color scheme as I was drawing it. First, that cheatline must is more complex than I thought because of the way it turns up at the tail of the aircraft. It took a while to get that curve to look just right as it wrapped around the cylindrical fuselage. Second, the colors are much more PINK than I thought they really were. I couldn’t believe it when I was mixing up the colors in Adobe Illustrator. My color palette looked completly wrong until I started applying the colors in the appropriate places on the aircraft. It was very deceiving.