Saturday, December 24, 2005

My Best Friends F-18

Inspiration comes in many forms. And one form is when my best friend comes to visit me....IN HIS F-18!!!!! Thats right, my pal flyes for the Navy. And so does his wife!!!! F-18's BABY!!!!! He's flown in Iraq and even gave air support to Marines in Fallujah.

Every once in a while Jon will pop out and visit....IN HIS F-18!!!!!!

He usually flies into this place.

Coming in for a landing

Taxi in

Jon is an 'A' typical Navy fighter pilot and I dont mean that Tom Cruise shit. Jon's all cool!

And a little cookoo. Hell you have to be to land on a postage stamp in the ocean ( aka Aircraft Carrier)

My brother and Jon walking the "spine" of the plane

My brother and I got to spend time with Jon on his aircraft carrier. Its something the Navy has been doing since Vietnam. Its called "Tiger Cruise" A lucky few civilians get to ride the last leg of the tour with there host. We got up close and personell with the F-18....

so yeah, I can fly this baby.

My boy loves the F-18 too. Who can blame him.

But then it comes time for Jon to go and fly back to his home base and put his Hornet to bed. The missile aint armed

Hornet by night

Prep for take off

The saddest part of Jons visits is when he has to leave. So long pal. FULL ON AFTERBURNERS!!!!

Its always inspiring to see Jon. I've known him since high school and all he's ever wanted to do was fly jets for the Navy. And even before I knew him we wanted to fly jets. Just knowing Jon has inspired me to do a short story based on his experiences as a Naval fighter Pilot.

I hope to complete it to be in the upcoming AFTERWORKS 2 anthology- coming this summer to comicon. So everyone stay on me to get it done. Especially YOU Jon.



Blogger Luxo Jr. said...

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2:06 AM  
Blogger Luxo Jr. said...

Wow that is very cool. Very cool photos. And by the story you tell with the photos, sounds like the story you hope to have finished for A2 will be great!!!
I always enjoy seeing one of your posts pop up.
Oh and i forgot...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Mark.

2:07 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Luxo Jr.----- Ya know no one ever does a cool story about F-18 supproting ground troops. I hope its good. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you too.

Mandrews out

9:52 AM  
Blogger amelia said...

When I saw that photo of the f-18 at night I thought, "wow, that would be fun to draw" And you're doing a story about it! Right on! Hope I can get my hands on the Afterworks 2 story you're doing, can't wait to see the art.
Tis an inspiring story indeed!
Happy holidays


11:02 AM  
Blogger willipino said...

i'm so jealous. nice pics.

11:47 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

Thise would make some cool plein air paintings. I'd do one for your brothers birthday.

9:11 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Amelia-----yes fun to draw but hard as hell too. Gotta work at it. You'll be able to get a copy of AW2- it should be available on line with PayPal.

willipino----- Thanks, there were a lot of n ot so good pics too.

william wray----Hey Hey!!!! Thats comig up man in feb. Don't know if hes into paintings though, would be wasted on the man. But I may know a Navy fighter pilot that would love it.

Mandrews out

9:42 PM  
Blogger ILOVEGORDON said...

I was there. at night it was awesome. it's not a jet it's a rocket.

12:25 AM  
Blogger OV! said...

wow man thats really cool. one my best friends is a race car driver and its pretty intense on the track, but that dont compare to a freakin F-18!! your son must have had a ball.


4:41 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

ilovegordon----- you know it baby!!!

OV!----- My boy had a blast. the whine of the engine on take off and when my buddys doing an afterburner brake over the airfield didnt sit well with him. He hid between my legs. He'll dig it when hes a teen.

Race cars are awesome- can your friend give you a drive???

Mandrews out

8:07 PM  
Blogger OV! said...

haha, yeah as they get older they will enjoy it more. right now he's probably still pretty scared, even for a boy, hah.

no, no rides in the race car, but he also teaches a driving course at Laguna Seca raceway down in Monterey. i get rides there when i visit. its awesome.
he throws around ferraris', lambos' and Vipers' all day. in fact, George Luca's daughter went for a class once. he said she was all trying to hit on him and what not. pretty crazy, and funny.


1:35 PM  
Blogger craig said...

holy childhood fantasy! before entering the world of animation, I had dreams of flying F-18's. Being aboard an aircraft carrier at sea must have have been anincredible experience.Sweet!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Smook said...

These are great photos Mark! I guess you literally have friends in high places! I just love the 'hornet by night' photo! All the best to you in 2006!


12:46 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

Craig---- yeah it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. pretty awesome.

Smook---- thanks man happy 2006 to you too.

Mandrews out

8:40 PM  
Blogger John Nevarez said...

Mark, great photos, and what an awesome opportunity to see those kickass planes up close! Looking forward to your story. Peace!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Skribbl said...

In the immortal words of Napolean D.,"LUCKY!!!"

4:39 PM  
Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

I'm really impressed with your stuff man. You have so many talents all wrapped up into one. You can really tell you spent a lot of thought and effort into making each sketch/piece into it's own idea. What can I say man, I really enjoy your work. I will bookmark your blog and make sure I keep comin' back for more. Thanks for the coffee breaks in the morning, REALLY fun stuff.

If you get time, please check out my blog and let me know what you think. Thanks!


4:56 PM  
Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

P.S. - You're a madddddddman.


4:57 PM  
Blogger St John Street said...

life is the best teacher and will aways be great to see you support your friend and find new ways of inspiring yourself EXCELLENT!!! Don't forget to get on that book you promised and plus just reminding you as you asked I would love to see it in ruff or finished form. Your an EXCELLENT DRAFTSMAN!!

1:14 AM  
Blogger St John Street said...

just wanted to let you know i added you to my links hope you don't mind I'm at you feel like stoppin by all the best with this project can't wait to see it considering how high your energy level is about your work, Your right Iron Gaint rules lol take care.

9:49 PM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

John Nevarez---Thanks man. Im gathering up research as we speak already began doing some roughs.

Skribbl--- Im very fortunate. But my buds even more lucky he gets to fly 'em.

Mark McDonnell----Thank you sir for your comments, i appreciate the feedback. And yes I am a Madman. Or so they tell me.

St John Street----Thanks for adding me to your link thats great. And thanks for the kudos. Life is the best teacher. Good thing I loke to draw too- always have always will. theres so much to explore and discover. And to me drawing is a way to observe in a way that lets you turn an object over and over examining it from all sides- god I love it. Shots staging composition Im geting all worked up I better get busy on that story.

Mandrews out

9:28 PM  
Blogger GREG MANWARING said...

mark, here is a cool link for you and your buddy!

12:05 AM  
Blogger MANDREWS said...

GREG MANWARING ---- Danke' Manwaring I'll check it out.

Mandrews out

8:33 PM  
Blogger sdRay said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a cars site/blog. It pretty much covers ##KEYWORD## related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

See Ya There!!!

5:15 AM  
Blogger SonnyNights said...

Mark, Jon and Bryant, good job guys. Every step you guys have taken has been on the same road since HS. It's very cool to still be a fan after all this time. Keep it up.

Class of 87

1:36 AM  
Blogger S. Stephani Soejono said...

love the photographs:) funny, it's casual photos but it's got perfect compostion an everything

12:35 AM  

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