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 North American XB-70 Valkyrie was a prototype version of the planned B-70 nuclear strategic bomber.for the United States Air Force. The aircraft was designed in the late 1950's by North American Aviation. The six-engine, XB-70 Valkyrie, had the capability of cruising for thousands of miles at Mach while flying at 70,000 feet.
The XB-70 had a maximum speed of over 2000 mph (Mach 3.1) and a combat range of over 3000 mikes. Due to the changing role of the manned bomber in the USAF, the XB-70 program was cancelled in 1961.
Michael created the original XB-70 Aviation Caricature of this drawing on May 23rd, 2020. It was created in black and white on Canson 11” x 14 drawing paper, with pen & Ink (and a slight wash). The original Seen in the image above) can be purchased by contacting Michael at email@example.com
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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.