The blocking in stage, is often referred to the "ugly" stage as it usually looks rough, unfinshed and lacking in detail. The important part of blocking in is to get get colour and values right. Once the initial layer is dry the shapes can be finalised and detail added.
Pete is a UK based artist who has always loved aircraft, but only started painting them in the last few years. Born and bought up in Kent where he still lives he is surrounded by aviation history. The site of Bleriots landing following his historic flight is only 20 miles away, while he can look out from his studio towards a Bf109 crash site, and Reculver Bay where the Dambusters of 617 Squadron practiced with the bouncing bomb.
Since an early age Pete loved to paint. However in 2006 the felt he needed a new challenge, and his love of aircraft and a desire to paint on canvas led him to try his hand at aviation art. The learning curve was steep initially however he joined both the Guild of Aviation Artists, and the American Society of Aviation Artists, which provided support, guidance and critique.
In 2007 he was awarded a Silvers Founders medal from the ASAA, while in 2009 he won second place and an honourable mention for the two pieces entered into the 2009 National Museum of Naval Aviation Art contest. He also had paintings accepted into the 2009, 2010 and 2011 ASAA juried art exhibitions.