The Good Parts

How the military community actually deals with wartime: the good parts and the bad.

Art Courtesy of Brett Waring

“Well I mean, what else was there to do?”

“Death isn’t as scary when you make fun of it first.”

Glorious Gloria: This is the painting on my dad’s A-10, inspired by the Li’l Abner character “Gloria Van WelBilt” (say what you want, but my father is a man of class). Although the original comic shows her sifting through pictures of potential suitors, Waring changed these into cards representative of my dad’s favorite things: his squadron and the Boston Red Sox.
Wolf Gal: Waring’s own jet required him to merge two images from the comic to create the desired pose. The wolves, on the other hand, were inspired by a Twilight movie poster. As Waring says, “I didn’t like those movies (Vampires don’t glisten in the sun — they burn up!!!) but the wolves looked cool enough to get put on an A-10.”
The Wrecker: This piece was a commission from one of Waring’s fellow pilots, featuring the actual Li’l Abner comic that inspired the final design. When creating the characters originally drawn by Al Capp, Waring digitally traces the artwork in an effort to retain the original look. In this case, the end result was a modernized version of the WWII-era cartoon, except with a miniature A-10 gun instead of a basket. Hey, times change.
Moonbeam McSwine: One of the more popular characters from the comic strip, Moonbeam McSwine was hand-painted onto this jet. To get the dimensions right, Waring projected his reference image onto the door, but did the rest of the details himself. The following show the progression of the artwork as it was painted.
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