Jack Leynnwood

This is what got me addicted to building model kit airplanes.


I had found it a lot on the Internet, but finding it again last time got me hooked again to looking on who was the artist.

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If the art of Jack Leynnwood looks familiar, you are probably a baby boomer who had an interest in model kits growing up. Leynnwood’s distinctive paintings on the Revell model kit box covers featured antique biplanes, WWII fighters, helicopters, modern jets and even space rockets. Leynnwood’s images jumped off the shelf with their dramatic colors and lighting and dynamic momentum and motion blur. The wings of his airplanes would overlap the corners of the box, making it look like they were ready to fly away. He taught at Art Center College of Design, and passed away in 1999.

More about him here.


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    Jack was my favorite instructor at the old Art center College on 3rd st. He had a wonderful ability to communicate, and one of only a few who had the cojones to pull off a painting right in front of the students from scratch. He would bring in an image drawn down on a piece of cold press (look it up you techies) and demonstrate a given rendering technique: Skies, waves, clouds, metal, vegetation, chrome, figures, ships, aircraft, vehicles, spacecraft, you name it, all in gouache, right in class. He had a particular affinity for veterans, and in the early 70s there were quite a few of us.

    I used what he taught me in a free lance career that has spanned 40 years, and fueled thousands of drawings and pieces of illustration, and nearly a hundred video game covers, and like Jack was, I’m still at it.

    I wish I could thank him again now, but those of us who knew and respected him made clear to his face what he had given us. Ben Bensen, John Mattos, and I still crack ourselves up with our stories about Jack.

    He was one of a kind. I miss him.

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