Jim Alley’s WWI Planes

Our graphic novel Beautiful Scars drew it’s inspiration from many sources.

For me, Jim Alley was a wonderful inspiration. He was my professor and mentor during my undergraduate degree in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

We hit it off instantly. He taught me how to use a Macintosh Computer. We were both history nuts with a soft spot for aviation, fantasy/sci fi and jazz music. Ridley Shaw in spirit, was based on the gentleness, humour and warmth of my dear friend Jim.

Jim passed away not to long ago, having lost his battle to cancer.

As we hit the 100 year anniversary of World War I, I scoured the internet for his images of World War I planes. He started his love of early aviation with books he read about the Flying Circus and Eddie Rickenbacker. He then became an accomplished model plane maker. Finally, he wrote articles and essays as an expert on these machines.

To commemorate the Great War, and great man, here are two of his plane illustrations. Created in vector, using Macromedia (Aldus) Freehand.

Two planes of prominence in Beautiful Scars:

Alley-R.E.8

 Alley-FokDrI

To see more of his illustrations, please go to: http://www.wwi-models.org/Images/Alley/

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