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Baby Doll

“Baby Doll” is the latest piece in David Uhl’s “Aviation and Military” collection. This collection features artworks connected with American aviation and military history. “Baby Doll” was also part of the more complex project that initially involved preparing artwork for a model airplane. Participating in this project was extremely fun for Uhl Studios – and we want to share our experience with you.

In March 2010, Brian O’Meara and Bonnie Murray commissioned Uhl Studios to paint a pin up girl on Brian’s model airplane – which measures over 8 feet long and has a wing span of 8 feet. It flies at 200 mph and travels a football field in under two seconds. It has a real jet turbine and burns Jet-A fuel. This model airplane is a replica of a F-84 Thunderstreak, which was manufactured in the 1950s. Four of these airplanes were once loaned by the U.S. Airforce to the Royal Dutch Air Show Team for two weeks. Brian’s model airplane already included the original Dutch Air Show Team markings, and now he wanted Uhl Studios to add a pin up girl and the airplane’s original name Baby Doll to it.

Brian O’Meara’s model plane: a F-84 Thunderstreak

The pin up girl chosen to be painted on Brian’s model airplane was inspired by Gil Elvgren’s 1963 artwork “Suzanne”. Gil Elvgren was one of the most important pin-up and glamour artists of the twentieth century. He was a master of portraying feminine attributes and his work continuously provides modern artists with inspiration.

The Original “Suzanne” by Gil Elvgren - 1963

The Original “Suzanne” by Gil Elvgren - 1963

This project inspired David and Danial to create a new fine art painting for the “Aviation and Military” collection. Brian and Bonnie were invited to take part and were very enthusiastic about the idea. They both agreed to pose as models for the piece: Brian as a painter and Bonnie as a pin up girl. Brian provided his model airplane and also his grandfather’s 1935 Ford two-ton dump truck to be featured in the painting. Having all the necessary elements (models & props) and an idea in mind, David Uhl was ready to start work on this new piece of art.


PROJECT’S STAGES:

1. STAGE #1 – “Baby Doll” & Pin Up Girl on Brian’s Model Airplane

Danial James airbrushing and hand painting “Baby Doll” and the pin up girl on the model airplane


2. STAGE #2 – Staging the Photo Shoot

Brian O’Meara’s truck – a 1935 vintage Ford two-ton dump truck

Brian O’Meara’s truck – a 1935 vintage Ford two-ton dump truck

Pushing the old truck into the right place for the photo shoot

Pushing the old truck into the right place for the photo shoot

Photographer Darrell Pierson of Body Photage discussing the setting with Bonnie and Brian

Photographer Darrell Pierson of Body Photage discussing the setting with Bonnie and Brian

Brian practicing for his modeling role

Brian practicing for his modeling role

A photo shoot at the back of Uhl Studios…This photo will later help David paint all the details on his new “Baby Doll” piece.

A photo shoot at the back of Uhl Studios…This photo will later help David paint all the details on his new "Baby Doll" piece


3. STAGE #3 – David Uhl Painting His “Baby Doll” Piece

The result of the photo shoot - a Photoshop composition for the final painting (combining both Brian’s model airplane and the Uhl Studios photo shoot)

The result of the photo shoot - a Photoshop composition for the final painting (combining both Brian’s model airplane and the Uhl Studios photo shoot)

The initial line drawing of the composition on canvas

The initial line drawing of the composition on canvas

David blocking in color on the piece.

David blocking in color on the piece

David painting upside down – a technique used to keep proper dimensions and eliminate optical illusions.

David painting upside down – a technique used to keep proper dimensions and eliminate optical illusions

David at SUN’n FUN show in Lakeland, Florida – adding the final details to the “Baby Doll” original painting.

David at SUN’n FUN show in Lakeland, Florida – adding the final details to the "Baby Doll" original painting

Final piece

Final Piece


Uhl Studios would like to thank Brian O’Meara and Bonnie Murray for their enthusiasm and engagement in this special project.

Uhl Studios will be preparing a limited edition of “Baby Doll” prints. If you are interested in ordering a print, please contact Uhl Studios Sales Manager, Greg Rhodes at: 303-913-4840.

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