Michael Hopkins' Original Aviation Caricatures and Prints are a unique glimpse into Michael's one of a kind perspective of the aviation industry.
Growing up in Renton, Washington (a city rich in aviation history) molded Michael's affinity of aviation. Michael’s love of flight was instilled at a very early age, through college and continues to this day though his aviation art & humor and his profession as a Aviation Fueler at Reno/Tahoe International Airport.
Michael's aviation art and humor has been featured in Martin Leeuwis book, Good Landing and is held in high regard by aviation enthusiasts worldwide.
The Northrop F-5 is a supersonic light fighter jet that was designed in the 1950's.The F-5 cost less to produce and operate that similar fighter jets of that era (i.e.,McDonnell Douglass F-4 Phantom). The F-5 originally entered service in the 1960's. During the cold War, over 800 F-5 were produced for US Allies, however the US Air Force did not have a need for the light fighter aircraft. The US Air Force did eventually purchase over 1200 of Northrop's T-38 Talon trainer aircraft, which was based on the Northrop's F-5 design.
This Aviation Caricature is of a Dutch Air Force. The signed, original, limited edition print, is 11" x 17" and is signed by Caricaturist, Michael Hopkins
Michael's original drawing is based on the Dutch Air Force NF-5. The original drawing was created on 11' x 14" Canson Drawing Paper, with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens, with a slight wash. The original is black and white and can be purchased by contacting Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Born and raised in Renton, Washington, Michael Hopkins grew up surrounded the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and aviation history. At an early age, Michael art was inspired by the likes of, Al Hirschfeld, Chuck Jones and Seattle Post Intelligencer Cartoonist, Bob McCausland and of course, aviation.
Michael’s credits his sense of humor and absurdity to Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy and Seattle's own J.P. Patches. The humor he developed, combined with his mastery of caricature, has been bringing smiles to the faces of those who understood satirical humor and consternation to those on the receiving end of his biting satire. Michael has proven over and over again, that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.