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Painting Aviation's Legends: The Art of Mike Machat

Painting Aviation's Legends: The Art of Mike Machat Book Review

By Davd L. Veres

Date of Review June 2016 Title Painting Aviation's Legends: The Art of Mike Machat
Author Mike Machat Publisher Specialty Press
Published 2016 ISBN 9781580072366
Format 192 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $39.95


Ever ponder the creation and production of your favorite aviation illustrations?

Layout. Planning. Technique. And ' above all ' inspiration.

Now you can glimpse the process through the work of award-winning artist Mike Machat in Painting Aviation's Legends from Specially Press.

Part biography. Part history. Part tutorial. And total fun. Machat's colorful compendium chronologically courses through eight lavishly illustrated chapters:

  • The Greatest Generation
  • The Fabulous Fifties: The Jet Age Begins
  • Test Pilots: Toward the Unknown
  • Come Fly With Me: Airliner Classics
  • Modern Aviation: End of the Cold War
  • Then and Now: Mixing Generations
  • Honoring Aviation: Wall Size
  • Aviation Art Today

Aviation personalities and achievements. Aircraft types. Tips and techniques. Even executing aircraft nose art. If it involves conventional illustration, chances are, it's here.

What's the process for transferring images to murals? How do you scale smaller studies to larger illustrations? Can models and miniatures play roles? How about lithography?

This vivid volume teaches much. So put your imagination in the locked and upright position. Buckle-up. And take off with Mike Machat's terrifically inspirational tome!


My sincere thanks to Specialty Press for this review sample!