Fleets of modern Steam and Electric locomotives power the sleek passenger and heavy-duty freight trains which provide year-around fast and dependable transportation service on the far-flung lines of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 13 eastern and midwestern states.
The Pennsylvania, long a pioneer in the development of new and improved locomotives, each assigned to the services for which best adapted, now utilizes steam locomotives to provide half its transportation service. With its 4142 locomotives, the railroad is the largest operator of steam, Diesel-electric, and electric motive power.
The Pennsylvania Railroad operates 26,000 miles of trackage connecting the eastern seaboard, from New York City to Norfolk, with the Great Lakes and the Mississippi Valley, and serving a host of important industrial and farming areas. Its main lines, and supplementary freight lines, are completely electrified between New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington and between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. West of Harrisburg and Baltimore trains are operated by steam power.
Adobe Illustrator 8.0 & CS2, Aple G4 & G5 Power Macs, OS 9.2 & OSX Tiger.
Your work is great.
But your work seems out of reach of my Illustrator skills. I'm not sure if there is a technique that I am missing, which results in your high-quality finished pieces.
Please note my one piece I just submitted for Deviant Art.
Do you mind shedding a little light on your work method with me? Do you do the linework first, based on photographs, and then add blends for the appropriate shading in separate areas?
With my work flow, I start out with good reference. I draw all my paths in Photoshop, the pen tool is much more responsive in Photoshop. I work back to front and at times will break the paths into several layers if the image is very complicated. When I have finished my paths, I copy and paste them into illustrator and fill all the paths with 50% magenta. I select the back outline shape and fill it with a dark color from a preset color pallet that I developed for PRR locomotives, I create my compound paths at this point and then start filling in the rest of the colors. I'll do a tutorial the next time I do a locomotive illustration. I have a bit of a tutorial on how I do my pin-ups that might help, it goes from a blue pencil drawing to finish in my pin-up gallery.
Thanks for getting back to me about your art! I appreciate the contact.
I would like to illustrate the PRR Lima Hamilton 2500HP center cab diesel (I am fascinated by these 22 diesels (which have all been scrapped).
So your saying you do not use "blends" in Illustrator? I thought for sure that's how you get that soft color variation. I'm not used to doing the paths in Photoshop. I always used Illustrator for paths. I place an image of what I want to render in Illustrator, then trace over it. That's how I did the one piece I have up at Deviant of the PRR position signal (I own 2 real ones). But your results have an awesome look.
Maybe I will try your method for the transfer diesel. Somehow, I'd like to try to get results similar to yours.
Can you let me know if you plan on a locomotive tutorial in the future?
I posted an illustration of the builder's plate of a PRR Lima center cab diesel I did, road number 8948.
It's part of an illustration of the diesel itself I'm attempting. Long way to go, but I am trying to improve my use of Illustrator. Do you think it's handled OK? Thanks for your input.
- Ahmed Nayyer
The red script font is "Spoleto".
All T-1s were scrapped, many were scrapped at Sharpsburgh Yard north of Pittsburgh.