Michael Hopkins' Original Caricatures are a unique glimpse into the mind of Michael's unique perspective of the world.
Michael Hopkins' Original Pen & Ink Caricatures are a one of kind work of art, which will last a lifetime. All of Michael's unique creations are drawn using the classic art form using pen and black India ink. Due to the ease of modern technology, this classic form of drawing is becoming a lost art, one which Michael is perfecting with each stroke of his pen. Michael's unique drawings have been purchased, published and exhibited all over the world.
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The North American XB-70 Valkyrie was a prototype version of the planned B-70 nuclear strategic bomber for the United States Air Force. The aircraft was designed in the late 1950's by North American Aviation. The six-engine, XB-70 Valkyrie, had the capability of cruising for thousands of miles at Mach while flying at 70,000 feet.
The XB-70 had a maximum speed of over 2000 mph (Mach 3.1) and a combat range of over 3000 mikes. Due to the changing role of the manned bomber in the USAF, the XB-70 program was cancelled in 1961.
This is not the original drawing. This is a color print of the original drawing. Michael created the original XB-70 Aviation Caricature of this drawing on May 23rd, 2020. It was created in black and white on Canson 11” x 14 drawing paper, with pen & Ink (and a slight wash). The original (seen in the black and white image above) can be purchased on this site as well
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Born and raised in Renton, Washington, Michael Hopkins grew up surrounded the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and aviation history. At an early age, Michael art was inspired by the likes of, Al Hirschfeld, Chuck Jones and Seattle Post Intelligencer Cartoonist, Bob McCausland and of course, aviation.
Michael’s credits his sense of humor and absurdity to Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy and Seattle's own J.P. Patches. The humor he developed, combined with his mastery of caricature, has been bringing smiles to the faces of those who understood satirical humor and consternation to those on the receiving end of his biting satire. Michael has proven over and over again, that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.