tBBP Posted July 5, 2006 Share Posted July 5, 2006 Okay folks...here it is.I've FINALLY gotten my very first concept series completed. It's been a long THREE MONTHS in the making, but it's finally done.First, some background: this concept series marries what used to be two of the loves of my life: football and the airline industry. (But, since I've recently cut ties with Delta Air Lines after three years, I'm not as fascinated with the industry anymore. However, since I grew up in a town known as the "birthplace of naval aviation", aviation has always been a part of my life.) Plus, I thought this would be something totally unique and different to try, so here it is.In putting these concepts together, I set some rules for myself. To start with, I used the current livery of each respective airliner as a base for designing the uniforms, as can be seen with the different sets as they're unveiled. (Certain design features, such as striping and helmete color, depict that aspect better than most.) I also factored in certain things about the personality of each different airline; as a result, some designs are pretty plain and simple, whereas some may have more "pop" and/or character. Also, as a treat to all it may annoy, and as a way to help myself, if no black and/or white is in the official color scheme of the airline, or not prominenly in use in the airliner's livery, IT IS NOT USED IN MY CONCEPTS. (That rule of mine will REALLY show up once my Southwest Airlines concept is unveiled...but that's a little later in the series.)Also, as an added bonus, most of the third outfits (alternate uniforms) of these "teams" were based off a previous livery of the respective airliner, to inject a "nostalgic", sorta "throwback" element into the mix, while at the same time, keeping the uniform somewhat fresh and modern, which is exactly what most airlines do when painting up aircraft in a scheme of the past.In unveling the different sets in this series, I may try to stick to order of rank in terms of largest carrier by passenger volume, and so forth. As such, the "legacy" carriers will be unveiled first, and then on down the line, others will be revealed.SO...WITH ALL THAT SAID, LET'S GET TO THE UNVEILING.First up in the series is American Airlines, the #1 airline in the U.S. in terms of passenger volume and the largest airline in the world. In terms of livery, American is about as simple as it gets. The third outfit in this set drew its inspiration from American Airlines' "retrojet" livery.As far as names and numbers, Arpey is the current CEO of American Airlines, which traces its history back to the year 1934, hence the jersey number. The "retrojet" livery came into play in '59, and Smith is the name of the long-standing then-president of American. (Future concepts will follow a similar theme.) As far as the striping on the alt pants, there really is no easy way to depict the "bolt stripe" like that, so I took my best stab at it. I don't think it's that bad for a first-timer, either. Also, if you look closely at the lettering on the retrojet, they are black, outlined in white, with a red dropshadow, and so that is how i depicted the numerals.Anyway, enough yakking about this--on to the concept!Questions, comments, criticisms (CONSTRUCTIVE PLEASE), concerns all welcome! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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