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Old 04-10-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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Guess the colors

Okay guys, need some help. Below is the best picture I have of the nose art from my Great-Uncles B-29. Unfortunately, they went down in the Pacific in January '45 on the way to Tokyo. I am doing a scale cut-away model of their plane and I am going to print a color copy of this art. mainly, look at the letters. it looks like three colors to me, maybe yellow inside, then a darker color then red or black for the outside line. The other colors I will have to add lib with a little, like the outfit but the skin, hair and straw matt should be easy. Anyway, here's the pic. Clean your dirty minds fella's.

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Old 04-10-2009, 01:39 PM   #2
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I think the colors of the lettering mirror the colors in her sarong. Traditional Hawaiian quilt work is primary colors, red, yellow, and blue, though it can be green or orange. The colors are generally strong and clean, not shades or tints, but very bright. I'd say the letters are yellow, like you said, then red, then maybe black or dark blue around the outside. Green would work, since the palm in the back would be green. I'd take it into photoshop and color it a bunch of different ways to see what looked right.

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Old 04-10-2009, 02:03 PM   #3
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Cain's really into Pin-up Art and Nose Art and he's got an idea of what the colors should be, but he wants to research it a little more. He'll post up soon.

One of the things he mentioned is the background color of the sarong is white. If you look, and I didn't notice it until he said it, the sarong is much lighter that the center of the letters. The next shade up from white is yellow, so you seem to be on the right track with that.
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Some of my gueses.

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Old 04-10-2009, 02:35 PM   #5
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Well... I can tell you the nose art was painted by a fella named Jim Howley on either Tinian, Siapan or Guam.

Here is a link: Jim Howley, Nose Artist

I'm gonna work on a Photoshop of it for you today.

The artists only had what paint they could scrounge. It's not like they could just drive down to the hardware store. Because the colors were so limited, I have a really good idea of what colors are what on the nose art pic you have. So, stay tuned and I will post it up when I'm done!
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Cain, thats amazing!
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Not that is a good possibility. Our plane was on Saipan. From what I've learned, early on after they began flying missions there, several planes (including ours0 were lost due to mechanical failures. They were too heavy. After some re-configuration, losses went down. I believe they began flying from Saipan in October '44. Someone posted a pic of the left side, same art, just incomplete and I forgot to save it before it dissappeared from the host site. I'm hoping the 73rd Bomb Wing will have their reunion on the east coast this year so I can go, there has to be someone who knew my uncle still alive even thought their numbers are dropping.
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OK man. Well, you'll have to forgive the crudeness... But this is what I have so far:

Original:


Working:


Finished:


I didn't draw in to much detail (especially on the "boobies", want to keep it family friendly).

These are close to the colors as I see them.

Hope this helps you out.
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One thing you can do is take your image and convert it back to greyscale and compare the tone of the greys. I think you’ve made pretty good guesses. Red usually converts to almost black.

Have a look at this site.

Vector Magic | Precision Bitmap To Vector Conversion Online

You may be able to get a better vector based image from the original photo using their software, which is free FWIW.
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One thing you can do is take your image and convert it back to greyscale and compare the tone of the greys. I think you’ve made pretty good guesses. Red usually converts to almost black.

Have a look at this site.

Vector Magic | Precision Bitmap To Vector Conversion Online

You may be able to get a better vector based image from the original photo using their software, which is free FWIW.
I was converting it back and forth between color and sepia while I was drawing it. And, actually, red usually (unless dark red) converts to a gray.

Good thoughts Jup... Thanks!
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Dude, you're my hero. Awesome and it is as I pictured it. Imagine the looks on the Japanese faces as this beautiful wahine flies over and drops hundreds of incendiary bombs on them. Thanks Cain, that will look awesome once it is printed to decal and on the plane.
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You have a talent there Cain.
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You have a talent there Cain.

He's going to get all ego-y. Knock it off.
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Dude, you're my hero. Awesome and it is as I pictured it. Thanks Cain, that will look awesome once it is printed to decal and on the plane.
Good deal Keg! I'm glad it'll work!

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