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Approaching storm by Baron-Engel Approaching storm by Baron-Engel
This is the final completed of a piece I have posted related development for in the past. It is commission for a patient client since it is horribly late in delivery.

I titled the piece "Approaching storm" for two reasons. First there is a weather system approaching which promises to bring rainy weather to the area in a few hours. Second the sky is crisscrossed with the contrails of a recent bomber raid and the fighters that went up to intercept them. This is the storm that will eventually engulf all of the Third Reich.  This piece is set roughly in early May of 1944 in Nazi Germany. The Luftwaffe has not yet been forced to abandon its airfields for the forests of Germany, but already the airfield is starting to show the signs of recent visits from USAAF fighters returning from their escort missions.

In the background can be seen the smoke burning fires denoting where aircraft, either Axis and Allied, have met their final demise, and yet in spite of all this carnage we still find two individuals able to spend sometime together and forget about the war even if for just a moment.

When I took this commission I had rather mixed feeling about it. I did not want create a piece that could be viewed as being supportive or sympathetic to the Nazi ideology, and yet I did not want to have the piece full of one-dimensional cardboard villains. In the end what I wanted to show was two individuals trying to maintain their sanity in the midst of the greatest conflict in recorded history.

The piece is done in my usual colored pencil, marker, technical pen and gouache on vellum finish Bristol Board. The image size is roughly 16"x 24". I will post more about this piece in the future.
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chekotay Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
That yellow-red stripe: Is this one of the JG 301 machines? Didn´t they used Focke-Wulf Ta-152 in 1944?
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sinfronteras88 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Quick cunt fritz 10 B-17
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cron12 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like this piece.  Very nicely captured the time and conflict.  Only thing I would mention is that the jacket being worn by the right most character looks more like the american fighter/bomber pilot jackets.  Either way very well done.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually you would correct about the jacket it is USAAF issue, but while doing research for this picture I came across several photos showing Luftwaffe pilots wearing captured allied jackets. Apparently by 1944 good leather was becoming scarce in Germany so you wore what you could get your hands on.

Also it is the equivalent of wearing a trophy taken from your foe, or hunter who hunts stags and has a knife with a stag horn handle. It is a symbol of the prey you hunt.
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cron12 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg, you just made my day!  

A) you researched!  Most people on the internet who say they are history buffs just say "how dare you question me!"

B) idk what else, gj none the less!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
A) you researched!  Most people on the internet who say they are history buffs just say "how dare you question me!"

All told I probably spent a minimum of fifteen hours researching this picture. That includes reading about the period as general military history, reading and consulting with the client about the specific variant of FW190A8 he wanted and what camo, tactical markings and Defense of the Reich designation we would use. Also trying to get some idea what 1940s Germany would look like in May. All told there were probably 40 study and development sketches done before I started on the final piece.

Also it was very helpful that the client provided me with some excellent reference material on the FW190 and is very knowledgeable about the aircraft.
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cron12 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey, 15 hours is nothing to be spoken down on.  I took an entire European History class and one person managed to study about 15 hours for the entire class year!  They failed of course, but 15 hours for a work of art is more time than most people put into a sport in a week.
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Koshizu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I like the way you captured a beautiful day in a time when conflict loomed behind the clouds. Nice work! :thumbsup:
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LindeDash Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I like this piece! So much detail and a great story in the picture. 
We tend to forget people still LIVED during those terrible years. Falling in love and having fun is a part of life and can happen at any time and any place :) 

Feel proud that you have made a picture showing two characters that remember to LIVE besides all the sh** going on in the world! 
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.
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LindeDash Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I enjoy all your art :)
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
A million props to you! I was anxious to see this completed since you started posting the work-in-progress sketches.

"I did not want create a piece that could be viewed as being supportive or sympathetic to the Nazi ideology, and yet I did not want to have the piece full of one-dimensional cardboard villains. In the end what I wanted to show was two individuals trying to maintain their sanity in the midst of the greatest conflict in recorded history."
And you pulled it off perfectly. I see a couple of lovers having a talk. The army could be any other; the message will still be about keeping your love alive in the face of calamity.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I see a couple of lovers having a talk. The army could be any other; the message will still be about keeping your love alive in the face of calamity.

Thank you, that was intent of this piece.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
You're welcome. =)
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
:#1:

:love:
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Letrune Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Very nice with lots of details! I am quite liking all the parts in it. :)

On arts: simply, why it should be supportive on anything? Most of the fighting people were normal people, disregarding on which side they were. You did a lovely work here I believe to show the "real side", as you are neutral. In fact - I am just hoping that the two main individuals here got over all that insane times without any problems.
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Looks awesome, congrats on getting this done!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I actually finished the piece a while ago the problem has been setting up an arrangement to scan it since it is far larger than most scanners. You can thank :iconsmudgedragon: for carefully tiling six scans together in Photoshop so I had a file I could upload.
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Wow!  Thank you Smudge!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I have passed the compliment along to her.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
At long last! I was really looking forward to seeing you finish this one, Baron.

I love all you're usual attention to detail, but I also really like the moment you captured between the pilot and the village girl.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
One of the tricky things in this picture was getting a feel for what civilian fashion was like in the 1944 Germany. You can find all kinds of reference for military uniforms but when it comes to what the civilians were wearing in country that was slowly being pounded to rubble it was another matter. Eventually I just spent several hours poring over every photo I could find women in late wartime Germany and built her wardrobe from that. As it is I may have been very generous.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, I think you nailed just the right look for her. Based off the old photos and war documentaries I've seen over the years, I'd call this pretty spot on.

So kudos for all the hard researching you did. :)
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anzul Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student General Artist
wow man, congrats on finaly finishing it!
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Nice.
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic piece. FW190d huh. You should talk to Turtle arts about her spitfires.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah it is late model 190A8.
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool.
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Whoa awesome!
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel...depressed, now...
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MicroDogWinter Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey i know you... your saphira's playmate...!!!:the-great-saphira: lol
how coincidental finding you here. oh pardon me... i'm winter... saphira's rfc squad member irl.
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
RFC? And please watch me cuz I'm on my VITA.
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MicroDogWinter Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sure...
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Wanna RP?
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MicroDogWinter Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
uh... sure i suppose. saphira is asleep so i guess she's not availible
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:iconfiretronthehedgehog:
FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm trying to go to sleep!
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MicroDogWinter Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol i'm not ready for bed.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Why is that?
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Innocent lives lost...excluding the Nazis.
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