Portfolio art-photography-design by Peter van Stigt
Peter van Stigt
From a very young age, Peter van Stigt, born in Amsterdam in 1964, wanted to be a fighter pilot. However, his talents could not be found in Mathematics but in the artistic genes of his family. His father was his primary teacher in traditional art and graphic design. After an education at the Amsterdam Graphics College, Peter started out in the advertising world as a freelancer in 1986. Combining traditional art and his aviation passion was inevitable, and over the years, Peter focused purely on military aviation art. In 2005, he started teaching himself in the world of digital art. Since then, Peter has become one of the World’s leading digital aviation artists. Every now and then, he still draws and paints in the traditional way.
Peter has translated every single traditional technique, such as drawing, painting and airbrushing, into a digital technique on a computer screen instead of paper, board or canvas. The advantage is three-fold: 1) it works faster, one can always step back easily in the artistic programs used, such as ArtRage, TerraGen and Photoshop, 2) it’s completely clean, no paint residue or other waste left behind and no cleaning of brushes or an airbrush, 3) the digital image is immediately ready for printing in the state-of-the-art tradition of ‘computer-to-plate’. The workflow is virtually the same. Starting with a white ‘canvas’ on the computer screen and working from the ground up, drawing, filling up, painting, airbrushing and filtering/editing.
Peter’s mission is to capture the sheer dynamics of flight in a single still image. Get the audience strapped into the backseat of a plane and witness the ultimate rollercoaster first hand. He approaches his aviation art as aerial adventures that he experiences himself, based on sufficient airtime. Peter’s entire body of work depicts military aircraft. Not that his nature is a militaristic one, Peter is hooked on the aerodynamics, technology and flight performance of military planes. Since 2007, Peter produces his artwork solely based on his own inspiration, whenever he has the time and energy. Therefore, no commissions are accepted. Without that pressure to perform, both his creativity and productivity have improved considerably.
The international Airpower community in general and the Royal Netherlands Air Force in particular hold a special place in Peter’s heart. As a Gentleman’s Agreement any of his aviation art deemed relevant to the RNLAF may be used at their discretion. Next to producing aviation art, Peter is involved in several private foundations. Most notable are three jet fighter restoration projects: The Dutch Starfighter Foundation, restoring an F-104G, the Dutch NF-5 Flight, restoring an NF-5B and the Belgian Mirage 5 BD 09 Restoration Group. All these foundation volunteers are working very hard to get all three jet fighters in the air again. Lastly, Peter writes blogs and articles about the history and principles of Airpower.
Digital aviation art