Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Helicopters, helicopters, everywhere a helicopter

...Or maybe that's just the way it seemed in my studio during January.

This past month brought many new clients, and among them was Erickson Air Crane, a company based in Portland that manufactures large scale helicopters. The gargantuan machines, characterized by an opening just underneath their doors are used for many tasks -- some that I had never would guessed involved a helicopter.

I was commissioned to create roughly 40 helicopter illustrations and a map showing their company's presence around the world. As you might imagine, it involved a lot less humor-writing than usual...and more straight illustration, but it was a great deal of fun.

A few examples of illustrated events or locations:

Sears Tower, Chicago: They aided in construction and continue to do periodic A/C replacement.       

                                     (Click to enlarge images)
Logging and transmission line construction, Italy
U.S. Capital Building, Washington DC -
 Statue of Freedom placement on dome.
Firefighting in Hollywood, CA
Firefighting in Sydney, AU
Rhino in Malaysia: This past Christmas day,
 (covered on CNN) They saved a rhino trapped in a deep hole.

Vancouver Olympics: remember the lack of snow
 for those winter games? Their helicopters brought snow
 in from outside, allowing the ski events to happen.
A helicopter with its various devices for service


  1. These helicopters remind me of the Transporter Eagles from the Space:1999 TV series. They're both essentially a drive cab up front, lift, and landing gear on a long spine with a deep cutout for mounting modular equipment.

    1. Kevin: Yes, you're right. I remember those things! (Who was the lead actor in that series? I think it was Martin Landau


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