Sky Rider is an ode to the thrilling jet age of the 1950s, when everything seemed possible. If you could fly coast to coast in a few hours, why couldn’t supersonic speeds or even outer space travel be next?
To capture the sky-high imagination of the youngster that would have piloted this pedal plane, I staged this image outside with the real sky as the background.
Not only did this heavenly backdrop help me tell the story, but it gave me an opportunity to incorporate the landscape genre into my work. The outdoors setting also provided entirely different lighting than I use in most of my work - note how few shadows Sky Rider has.
The Murray Super Sonic Jet pedal car was produced in the 1950s as jet airliners were changing travel worldwide. I particularly love the atomic-motif decals which give a nod to the burgeoning space age as well; they inspired me to include a small moon (painted just above the nose of the jet) to symbolize the 1950s beginning of the space race.
If you like this image, I invite you to see Star Chaser, which features a rocketship pedal car.
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