Four-year-old Nick is in love with the US Navy Blue Angels—the famous demonstration squadron of sleek blue jets.
Lucky Nick. He lives in Pensacola, Florida—home of the Blue Angels–and just minutes from the National Aviation Museum. There, Nick can visit “historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft, both inside the Museum’s nearly 300,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.”
At the museum, his beloved Blue Angels “dive” in diamond formation inside a seven-story glass and steel atrium. Nick sees them eye-level from the Second Deck. Even better, he can climb aboard the cockpit of a “real” jet.
For his bedroom, I created a poster in the vintage style of illustrator Jessie Wilcox Smith. This Philadelphia artist was best known for her covers on Good Housekeeping magazine, like this one from May 1932.
Nick’s poster is a combination of two images, reworked in Photoshop. In addition to removing the background and transferring the image into a “painterly style,” I also deleted the distracting gorilla on Nick’s t-shirt. I shot the sky-high clouds from the window of an airplane – not one of the famed Blue Angels, but nicely diverse in the color and cloud formation.
For me, the finished poster represents the same imaginative possibilities I see in the Jessie Wilcox Smith poster. To Nick, it’s a picture of a dream.