In the Fall
of 2016, I was looking for an artist to paint the Sweet Rose sabre.
My intentions were to have artwork for my brothers for the holidays,
and to keep the spirit of the Sweet Rose alive. I browsed many art
pieces on DeviantArt website for an artist that can be dynamic and
passionate about art. I usually would browse many artworks from this
website throughout time, but knew no other or better place to start.
I emailed a few artists, but the greatest response was from an artist
named Javier Bordon. I continuously updated my computer with wall
papers from the steps this artist made. I initially asked that whatever
angle of the jet that Javier decided to work on, that I challenged
the 'Sweet Rose', 'Wally Yocum' and the 'FU-539' would be visible
and highlighted on the painting. It brings much joy to view the art
most every day. Much thanks to Janiver! Artwork completed January
Personal DeviantArt webpage: Janiver
painting it was done with Sakura japanese watercolors and condor natural
hair brushes over Pentel graphit leads lines on 0.5 mechanical pencil.
the paper support is some similar to Fabriano A4 but do not remind
the mark in this moment. in the final render I applied some photoshop
adjusts and retouchings using as fountain the same colors of the original
painting but refocused anhancing contrast of areas, the original painting
looks similar to the eye but due scaner tends to wash the color the
photoshop adjust was unavoidable to keep the piece more similar to
how it looks at the direct eye watching" - Javier Bordon (1.3.17)
actual email messages and sketches/art shots from the artist himself.
Its great to see his passion as he progressed on the steps of painting
the Sweet Rose.
mr Eric sir, here 4 possible angles for the Sweet Rose illustration,
the shape is not exactly, just sketchy forms, cause the main theme
here is only the angles of camera not the shapes, I vote for the 1
and the 4, as more action-alike angles, but the 2 and 3 have maybe
better full shape of Sabre portraying features. I´m working
in some colors sketches to can show you between tonight and tomorrow.
Really the Sabre is a beautiful stylized machine like sort of silver
fish, so the sunset will fit as glove for the silver and smooth curves
surfaces. I´m really honored an Eagle engineer who is also son
of a chief of crew of technics behind such an amazing airplane is
hiring me for this illustration. I was engineery student in my youth,
dreaming with aircraft engineering someday, but finally decided work
only as illustrator, so I know a little bit of how much passion, work
and effort is inside a mechanical dessign and technical maintenance
to keep a machine alive , I will try to do my best to bring this illustration
the heart feelings it deserve from my artist side skills.
we have some MIG-15 here in the air museum of Krakow and to be close
of those machines is a impressive experience.
really the highly focused concepts both of Sabre and MIG 15 are powerful
samples of technical skills.
much respect sir, and I will wait your opinions to choose an angle
for the painting, meanwhile I will make some color studies in order
to we can arrive to the final render in the best way possible for
best and feel free to write me back, I will be working in the colors
for the Sabre in sunset image.
cheers from Poland,"
Javier Bordon (11.11.16)
Eric sir, here some color sketchs for the Sweet Rose,
I added a comparative 2 versions one for more easy checking.
tell me which you preffer to can develop final painting. I will make
final version in detailed watercolors.
I add some samples (3) of my watercolor paintings because the way
I paint in watercolors is very strong and solid color way compared
with the commonly more washy blurred imagery people think when they
hear the word "watercolor"
feel free to write me back to chose one of the two versions providedfor
the final painting
Javier B (11.12.16)
mr Yocum, here the pencil basics for Sweetrose painting, sorry the
multiple delays, had terrible days lately. well this pencils are made
over similar Fabriano paper to support watercolors strikings, I will
add sucessive layers of painting from basical aproach till detailed
rendering, and the drawing will be sharpened across the painting till
have defined features and sharp details.
as I´m more comic artist than technical drafstman it have some
dinamic visual licenses as I shortened the angle of the wings exagerating
the contrast of perspective of the nose, like a forced lens. a more
technical "realistic" accurated way results in loose of
dinamic senses and kills the vitality of the drawing, making appear
the airplane as frozen like static maquette,not good for a flying
painting. is comic artist trick, to exagerate perspective focuses
like using fisheye lens, to win motion sense on the objects.
I really wanted to priorize this painting but due my electric suminister
problems of the last week all my regular work was displaced and delayed
so my schedules are a bit strainted. however I will try to focuse
in this painting across the next days.
send you best regards sir and thank you for your patience. I will
try to have some updates before the weekend, hope color strikes and
general brushes aproachings.
Javier Bordon (11.24.16)
mr Yocum, I´m working in the first strike of colors right now,
meanwhile here a bit more detailed pencil of the Sweet Rose :)
send you best regards and c u later with some color updates."
Javier B (11.30.16)
to bring some joy with a drawing :) I started to love this airplane,
the details and lines are like a swimming creature built by wise winged
men, is so joyful to try catch the lines of the fusselage, they are
strong but subtle curve shape forms, make my hand feel the wind and
the flight. will try to have some color strokes in about some hours
best regards mr. Yocum :)"
Eric my friend, here the birth of a painting, the starting of the
Sweet Rose in the sunset :)
I will add more strokes of the basic red and blue and after that will
go for the intense yellows before set the oranges, cause are the oranges
which will sharp the forms of the plane and the clouds in the sunset.
best regards and c u in few hours more tomorrow, sir :)"
Eric my friend, here the red settings for the sunset on painting.
right now I´m working to set the yellows and oranges and make
the fusselage reflects based on those contrast colors over the sunset
best regards and see you later with more updates."
Eric, sir, here a new update.
we are more closer now of the defined stage :)
I will be working all the day today in this painting and will try
to have some updates for you tonight or as much late tomorrow.
best regards and c u later with the next stage :)"
sir, here a new update for the Sweet Rose .
sorry I was very busy yesterday so, was all the night with the painting,
reduced some contrasts on the blues to can accentuate them in the
last path of shading and made some details on the fusselage decals.
c u later maybe in evening with more updates, sir.
Javier Bordon (12.15.16)
'I will try
to finish the painting inside this week and will be adjusting contrasts,
light and shadows and details in the next hours, most I have to reduce
the blues in clouds to melt them better with the reds and accentuate
contrasts and shadows in general, plus sharp final details. however
I think in this point it is very closer of the final results. hope
you like it. feel free to write me back and wish you a Happy New year
2017 and a great year everyday.
Javier Bordon (1.2.17)