Here’s the first set of sketches focusing on Tex Simone’s American Flyer model. Syracuse and the New York Central gave us a real streamline design vibe, so we tried to incorporate that shiny, smooth metallic look. It’s a little bit of 1930s and some 1950s.
A & C were based on the “Super Chief” – a Santa Fe Railroad route. Although considering the route nor the Santa Fe ran anywhere near Syracuse, those ideas were scrapped. The organization loved the idea of this mighty locomotive coming at you, so they asked to see more of that concept. The lettering was also a hit, but was shelved until we nailed the loco. Tomorrow we’ll show more of the “Big Engine that Could.”
Oh, and Dennis asked about mechanical pencils… We used to use normal pencils, but recently switched to mechanical pencils. Aside from sharpening, mechanical pencils allow you draw smaller while still maintaining detail. By covering less real estate, you’re more in control.