Featuring Artist Ewan Tallentire

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The primary artist for Albion Design Centre is Ewan Tallentire. He is coming up on his second decade of being a graphic designer, so he knows both print and web design, and has been using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for over 17 years. He also has years of experience working in print shops, so he understands the challenges of getting what's on-screen to look the same in print. He is comfortable with both pencils and electronic tablets, often using both to create one piece of art. Don't forget to look at his portfolio.Sketch of Messerschmitt Bf 109

As a history buff, Ewan is careful to fit type, coloring, and style to the right era. He especially enjoys drawing Old West scenes, and airplanes from the early years of aviation, exploring the courage of the pioneers and early pilots. He also enjoys British history - the odder the better - as he is a dual citizen and speaks both kinds of English fluently.

Aviation-related doodles on sketch pad

Ewan Tallentire wearing top hatEwan likes his art to be understandable, telling a story, and using just enough detail to tell that story. There is a human element in all his subjects, from a portrait of a face with life etched on it, to an airplane in which men fought in all-but-forgotten wars - the hand of man is in everything. In recognizing this element, Ewan tries to make his art respectful to its subject and comfortable to look at.

Some favorite links that could explain Ewan Tallentire's personality

Doolittle Raiders

The official site of the Doolittle Raiders. Also see Doolittle Raid Remembered about the men of the Doolittle Raid. Nine are still alive as of November 28, 2008. The story fascinated Ewan so much he put together a scene of the B-25s taking off the USS Hornet.

History of Boulton Paul and Boulton Paul Aircraft Heritage Project, and more history

This is the company Ewan's father began working for as an apprentice during WWII. He started working on the assembly line of the Defiant Mkii. One of the contacts, Cyril Plimmer, remembers working with Ewan's father and very kindly sent a whole lot of information about Ewan's father's early career that he never got from his father.


Dick Frost was one of Ewan's father's bosses, and one of the men who hired Ewan's father into the United States.

Holcomb's Aerodrome

A bunch of pictures of airplanes from Ewan's favorite eras of flight.

Aviation Shoppe

This shop will tell you lots of airplane history, and sells real blueprints (Ewan can tell you the difference between blueprints, bluelines, and the bond copies that are mostly used today) of airplanes. Also it has recordings of airplane sounds, which he sometimes plays for local boys if they are behaving.

The Alamo

Remember it.

Weald and Downland Museum

Fascinating museum in south England showing how English architecture developed from medieval times to modern times.

Bent's Old Fort

Ewan has enjoyed this National Historic Site with several relatives, but particularly with his father. Also see The Fort, a restaurant in the foothills west of Denver built to look like Bent's Old Fort, out of actual adobe (the reproduction at the park is cinder block). At an adobe-making exhibition at New Mexico's El Rancho de las Golondrinas Ewan met Sam Arnold's daughter, who was asking a different level of questions about adobe than other spectators.

Sir Nicholas Winton

More people ought to hear about Sir Nicholas Winton. This man, who lived well past the age of 100, rescued 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia just before war broke out. One of the children, Tom Graumann (#652), has gone on to live a very remarkable life of his own, and raise four children, one of whom is a friend and customer. You can hear Tom Graumann's story on the June 21 and 28, 2009 programs of Unshackled.

Lunar Landing Sites

Google map of the lunar landing sites of Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17.

Taylors of Harrogate

There are a few other proper English teas (PG Tips isn't too bad), but Ewan particularly favors Yorkshire Gold.

Blockade Runner and River Junction

Two of Ewan's favorite places to buy my everyday clothes and accessories.


Marching song of the 7th Cavalry Regimental. General Custer liked the tune because it matched the cadence of a cavalry horse marching in formation.

Monocles for sale

Yes, you can get your own monocle, here, or here.

A beautiful sound

Shuttleworth Collection's 1909 Bleriot XI starting up its propeller, April 22, 2009.

On a trip to England, Ewan happened to be visiting the Shuttleworth collection just as they were bringing out and firing up their 1909 Bleriot XI. He turned on his camera, and if you are patient enough to wait for the long download, click on the picture here to hear the sound of a 100-year-old airplane that still flies regularly.

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