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-30- by itifonhom -30- by itifonhom
On 25th of July, around 19:50, Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen shot down a Camel somewhere over Fismes, France. It was his 30th victory! I have no idea if this is anywhere near to how it could look but surely this report inspired me to create this image, LvR getting his 30th victory.
Lothar gets level again while the poor chap in the Camel, badly wounded, turns his last pirouette trying to control his burning aircraft. The pilot of the Camel will remain unidentified, giving his life just as "No 30".
Rendered in C4D, post processed in Photoshop, 3D model from Pavel Zoch and can be bought here: [link], background from CGTextures and myself, Camel aircraft from RoF.
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:icontman300:
tman300 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2015
Very nicely done piece. Really appreciate the attention to historic detail on the Fokker Triplane. Faved this one as well. :)
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
 Many many thanks for your kind comment!
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FOTOSHOPIC Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2014
I used your fantastic render here: fotoshopic.deviantart.com/art/…
Thank you so much
Mitch
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Looking great, thanks for let me know! Would prefer to "Share alike" though... but it´s ok.
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FOTOSHOPIC Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I changed the license to share alike. Thanks for catching that and thanks again for the awesome stock.
Mitch
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Love to share things with others although I wouldn't describe my images as stock. I think of them more like a free aviation wallpaper collection! But I don't mind people use my art as long as they share with others too! It's always a good feeling, isn't it?  :-)
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FOTOSHOPIC Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
It is a good feeling. I take some of my favorite hard won photos and put them out there as background and stock. There is so much on DA that I just want to give back. By the way I had your photo on my computer as a wall paper for a couple of weeks when I first came across it.
Mitch
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
 Nice to know! Keep up the good work mate, cheers!!!   :-)
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Baryonyx62 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When I see biplanes above the clouds I always wonder if they were actually able to climb that high. But someone told me already that they did indeed. =P

Nice image. Love the lighting.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
   Depends on how high the clouds are!!! Thanks for commenting!!!
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:icondp500cat:
dp500cat Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
very nice pic of Lothar's Dr1 - later he would have the top wing painted yellow as well
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:-) Thanks for your comment!!
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:iconshravanrawal:
shravanrawal Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
incredible workkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconshravanrawal:
shravanrawal Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
ur welcm
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:iconmanovich-art:
Manovich-art Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Wonderful work.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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JF-Miller Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
As itifonhom and I have discussed on another forum, where I told him I would discuss it elsewhere, I want to state that regarding the caption to his most excellent rendering in this thread, his art does not depict Lothar von Richthofen's 30th victory, as claimed. Lothar was flying a Fokker DVII that day, not a Fokker Dr.I, as shown. In fact, LvR never shot down any Sopwith Camels while flying a Dr.I.

Now, I know the point of this forum is art, so please understand this post is not an attack on itifonhom, his rendering, or art in general. Instead of critiquing his artwork, as this thread requested, I am critiquing his caption, because itifonhom has attached historical representation to this art—i.e., “…this report inspired me to create this image, LvR getting his 30th victory.” I.e., “this image is what it looked like.” In our discussion elsewhere ([link]), itifonhom has been made aware and now understands his work does not historically depict the event his caption claims it does. He is very passionate about his art and art in general--I respect him for that--but said he "really doesn't care much" about historical accuracy—despite including accurate dates, times, and locations in his description—and thus refuses to change his caption, which he said he has posted on several other sites. As itifonhom is about art, I am very passionate about history and historical accuracy—especially when the latter is confirmed beyond doubt—and the old adage that if something is worth doing , it is worth doing right. This is where he and I have reached a civil impasse and agreed to disagree--about the caption, mind you, not the art. As I said, that looks great! It doesn’t depict Lothar von Richthofen’s 30th victory historically, but the visual rendering is fantastic! As I told him, it gives me a good and believable sense of altitude. I look forward to his future work.

To be clear and summarize, this post is neither about itifonhom personally, nor his art, visually. They need not be defended because neither is in question. What is in question is historical representation and how too much is “learned” this way via the internet, and how this “information” then becomes the headwaters of myth. As the events of LvR’s 30th victory compelled itifonhom to create an historical image that turned out to be erroneous—logic dictates that depicting the wrong airplane was an honest mistake, because why would someone intentionally use the wrong one? Besides, in another forum, he admitted he “got it wrong”—and since he will not change its caption after learning of this error, the responsibility to make sure others do not incorrectly use this image to “learn” the details of LvR’s 30th victory has compelled me to post here.

Over time I’ve gotten a sense that many artists consider the art itself to be more important than that which it represents. Thus, I suspect posting this here may garner disinterest in the subject of historical representation—fair enough, since this *is* an art site, after all—and perhaps even be misunderstood as an attack on artistic integrity in a brush-on-paper sense. Please understand this is not so and has never been my intent. My intent is to lead the horses to the clean water. That is all I can do. Now, that has been done.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment, glad you liked my "erroneous" work!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
BTW, DA is a great site for learning more about Art, for example that "got inspired" doesn't mean "how it looked like" but more like "how I see it". Staying at DA will for sure open some new ways of thinking and greatly improve your understanding of Art, you're at the right place!! :-)
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bvcastilho3D Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Very good.
Congratulations.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks for the comment!!
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:icongarryts:
garryts Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very, very nice! Excellent work! :-)
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Appreciate it, thank you!
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medoo-khfaga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work .. love it :D
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks!!
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:iconneuer-geist:
neuer-geist Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks for the comment, glad you liked it! :-)
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neuer-geist Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are welcome
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:iconjncarter:
jncarter Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely job mate
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks John!! (for everything!) ;-)
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:iconjncarter:
jncarter Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome
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:iconfobok:
Fobok Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks! :-)
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viiik33 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very good!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :-)
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StratoArt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sweetly done! I have Cinema 4D 13 did you use the advanced rendering method?
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As advanced as I could think of! Physical renderer enabled, IR+QMC mode, GI, AO, Caustics, HDRI lighting and reflections and a lot tweaking on the materials.
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StratoArt Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it's great! I wasn't sure if you had used an external renderer like VRay or something else. This looks great for C4D which I think has an excellent renderer.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I agree, C4D internal is really great. Beside this, I prefer to keep my lighting real simple, most of the times a single area light with a HDRI sky as a fill light and reflections source. Although I'm really a newbie with C4D, I think it's mostly down to material tweaking than trying to get too many lights right.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Outstanding!!!!
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!! :-)
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FractialSpin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
These machines, which seem so primitive now, were the forerunners of every attempt man made to get himself into the air, while trying to keep someone else out of it. Even though it was brutal, there was a certain romantiicism and honor between these men. A beautiful rendering. Makes you wonder what Lothar is thinking...trying to keep up with his better known brother, or feeling sorry for the guy he shot down?
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Canīt figure that out myself really. Surely he was well aware that this fate could be his fate too, so donīt know what he really thought about it. Probably he was both happy and sad but itīs just a assumption. Thanks for commenting! :-)
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:iconwas471:
was471 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Nice work. Looks like that Camel is attempting an Immelmann, Lothar needs to do a Split-S to get to safety,..dive, DIVE!!!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:-)
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Is this drawn or more a 3D model you made? Anyway it is incredible amazing :D
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Itīs a 3D model I bought and rendered... Thanks, glad you liked it!!
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
amazingly blended with the background. Looks so authentic. Even though I am no fan of old planes, but your ability of skillfully presenting the image made it appealing even for me. Awesome work :)
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks my friend, I do appreciate your nice comment, really glad you liked it!! :-) :-)
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