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The Fleet of Modernism by yankeedog The Fleet of Modernism by yankeedog
Modern Power for Today's Trains

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.
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UnexpectedSwede Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
Love the ad-style!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I love creating and recreating old Pennsy ads with my illustrations.
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GeorgeLodge Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

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?

George

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yankeedog Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you George. Doing vector art is all about drawing shapes. I'm very detail oriented and I have a lot of patience and persistence. An illustration like this contains thousands of individual paths. I didn't develop these skills over night, it took me years to get to the level where I was comfortable and confident. There are still some things I'm not good at but I keep trying to improve.

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.
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GeorgeLodge Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

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?

Thanks again.

george

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GeorgeLodge Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

Hi Don,

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.

george

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Steamerthesteamtrain Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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Steamerthesteamtrain Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
why didn't these engines survive
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
This looks superb! I really like the green shades, very dramatic.

- Ahmed Nayyer
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Ahmed! I wanted to try to do an advertisement in the Pennsy style. There are a lot of Pennsylvania Railroad ads on the internet to reference.
-YD
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely fantastic!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Robert!
-YD
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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Mopar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
This is GREAT stuff! Love the angle and perspective. Five of those engines next to each other...just looks great!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Brandon!
-YD
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ScarredWolfphoto Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
wow that is awesome. i love old ads like this. Looks like something out of an old Life Magazine. What fonts id you use? They are beautiful.

Buzz - :salute:
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
Buzz,
The red script font is "Spoleto".
-YD
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Buzz! This isn't an old ad, it's just something I dreamed up. I've been kicking the idea aound for a few months after reading about the Pennsy's Fleet of Modernism. I was thinking what epitomised that more than the the T-1? I got the copy from an old Pennsy publication that I edited a bit. The header is Futura, that is the font that was used on the locomotives for their numbers and for PENNSYLVANIA on the tenders. I'll have to get banck to you on the red script font, I can't recall. The text is Futura and in the logo, I used Clarendon and American Scribe.
-YD
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Tobias-Phealin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Hey Yankee? I heard of a Pennsy locomotive that had reverse cylinder placement . It looked like a T-1 but the rear set of drivers were backwards, with the cylinder under the cab. which one was it?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
That was the Q-1 [link]
-YD
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
good Ol' T-1's!
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
My favorite! :-)
-YD
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:iconpaxaeternum:
PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
too bad none preserved.
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:iconyankeedog:
yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
I can't understand why they didn't save just one.
-YD
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:iconpaxaeternum:
PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
me neither
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
Although the Pennsy preserved a lot of locomotives, they seriously made a huge mistake by not saving at least one locomotive from each class.
-YD
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PaxAeternum Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
I hear that! they didn't save any E-6's!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
They saved one, it's out at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. [link] they have an older Atlantic out there too that used to run on the Strausburg RR.
-YD
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
How many T1's were actually built?
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
52! There were 2 prototypes, 6110 & 6111. After testing of the prototypes, some revisions were made to the design and 25 were built by the Pennsy at their Juniata Shops in Altoona, Pennsylvania. 25 more were built at Bladwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia.
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All T-1s were scrapped, many were scrapped at Sharpsburgh Yard north of Pittsburgh.
-YD
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Typical... My father has a beautiful HO model T1 though...complete with sound effects.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
I just don't understand why they didn't save one of every class. I wouldn't mind having one in N-Scale.
-YD
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Perhaps it stems from the fact that the T1's were never truly successful engines like the K4s and the EMD E-units thereafter...
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
It was the times too. The desire to look modern, to look progressive... The T1's were part of the past, but were somewhat successful west of Pittsburgh out on the open flats of Ohio and in the hands of a seasoned engineer who knew their quirks, there wasn't a K4 or an EMD unit that could match them, but be that as it may, I feel one of each class of locomotives that the Pennsy built, should have been preserved, there are many less successful machines still around and we revel in their beauty and uniqueness.
-YD
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely. It is too bad one didn't get preserved. I guess we'll just have to live on with your graphics to remind us of gaps in the locomotive lexicon. :)
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Really cool Don. I want to do a T-1 very much one day. I hope I get the time.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Mark! You should do one of the T1 prototypes. I have some reference somewhere.
-YD
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional Photographer
WOW! Makes me wish this were a real ad poster. Great work Don.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Brandon! I was trying to give it the feel of a real Pennsy poster.
-YD
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