Life Imitating Art?







My friend Van and I used to scribble on notebook paper while in school to have something to tape to the back of the school bus seat in front of us on the way home- so we could fly or navigate our airplane, submarine or spaceship home for the day.

Original: Ink on paper... as in a ballpoint pen on notebook paper.

Set 'Wayback Machine' to: 1972

Perhaps this is where the interest in drawing flight instruments started?

Fast-forward almost two decades...


Boeing 727 Pedestal

Original: Vector graphic produced with an up-and-coming premiere computer program called, Illustrator 88

(yes, a long time ago)

But you still could not produce compound curved shadows with it, nor transparent hues.

Eventually, I started incorporating bitmapped .eps files into the drawing for texture. These files became extremely huge- (by early digital drawing standards).

Today it's not totally unusual to work on a half gb graphic file.

The best thing about it was you could produce one drawing, and use it in both print and digitally animated media.

Digital Panels

More recent instruments

for animation and gaming.

1947 Allis-Chalmers Model B


Analog drawing with digital color.

Proper Lifting Methods
for Couriers


Analog drawing with digital grayscale.

Digital Repeating Camo Pattern


Only 8 colors in the original pattern. The digital file for this original master is over 2GB!


This design repeats continually in every direction and the image has been repeated 4-up.


I photographed the background in Gatlinburg, Tennessee with a Nikon D-90. The foreground images were shot locally.

Normal size for this image would be around 50" square.

Flight Training Series


Digital Photography & Artwork

© 1997-2017, Anthony Perkins



Digital Media

© 1997-2017, Anthony Perkins