One of my hobbies is creating side-view aircraft illustrations, which is fun mix of technical and creative design all rolled up together. There’s the artistic side, which is all about getting shadows and reflections right, and making the airplane look as realistic as possible. The technical side is all about research of the aircraft, documenting all the details, and drawing them out as accurately as possible in Adobe Illustrator. It takes a long time to create one illustration, but it’s a nice distraction from my day job.
I recently created a series of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner illustrations, and one of the little details necessary to complete it was a “Dreamliner” logo that most airlines place on the lower rear section of the fuselage. The trouble was that I couldn’t find a decent one anywhere on the web (Boeing doesn’t offer one as part of their media packages), so that meant that I had to create one on my own.
It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. It’s a completely custom font, so the only way that I was going to be able to replicate it exactly was to draw it by hand in Illustrator. I hate recreating typography like that (because it’s never perfect), but oh well – I think this is close enough!