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Lucky Strike II by yankeedog Lucky Strike II by yankeedog
One of my favorite Nose Art designs of WWII was on a B-24 Liberator named "Lucky Strike". Earlier in the week I had been working on an illustration of MM when she visited the troop during the Korean war, but wasn't really happy with it. Then while looking for something else to do, I found an image of the B-24 "Lucky Strike" and the idea of combining the two came to mind. It's hard to understand my thought process, but it's my feeling that everything I do is connected in some way. Several weeks ago one of the great American heroes of our time, Lucien "Stag" Thomas passed away. Lucien was an amazing man and nothing more needs to said, his life and times are "Fait Accompli". Lucien was a warrior above all and once said that he would rather fly a combat mission than go out on a date with Marilyn Monroe. Lucien served with a lot squadrons in his life, but his time with the 13th Bomb Squadron during the Korean War defined him as a warrior, he was a Grim Reaper. So to tie up all the loose ends, this illustration is dedicated to Lucien "Stag" Thomas, may God rest his soul. Stag, this one's for you! Now you can fly your last combat mission and have a date Marilyn Monroe all at the same time!
Happy Veterans Day! Thank a Soldier, Sailor, Marine or an Airman for your Freedom! :flagus:

Adobe Illustrator 8.0, Apple Power Mac G4, OS 9.2.
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overlordusuck Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
so... what happened to Lucky Strike 1? since they had to make a second one? :D just kidding, great pic! keep up the good work, friend
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gibsart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Very cool,nice work !
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
Thanks!
-YD
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gibsart Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
You're most welcome !
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vandalj Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006
I really dig your old skool pin up stuff... it's fresh but keeps that classic appeal. Nice. ;)
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2006
Thanks! I've always been inspired by the Pin-Up artists of the golden age of Pin-up as well as Pop Art posters of the 1960 and 70's and not to mention my great love for Art Deco and Art Nouveau, these all play a part in my illustrations. Old Skool, that pretty much explains it. :-)
-YD
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vandalj Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2006
yeah man... i've got a couple books on vintage pin-up art. really dig em. :D
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vandalj Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006
I'll definitely check it out... appreciate it! ;)
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006
I guess at the time people really didn't see it as art, but we can look back at it now and see that some of these Pin-Up artists were really great artists despite the fact that they were heavily art directed. One of my favorites from the Pin-Up era was Al Moore, I have several of his Esquire calendars from the early 50's and they are just brilliant.

If you like Pin-Up art, go check out my friend Edward Reed's DA page at: [link] He's my favorite living Pin-Up artist.
-YD
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PinkSugar Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2005
I wish your art were really on those plane and stuff..Let's hope someday you will
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