Illustrating a Mach 6 Missile

Artist Paul DiMare’s illustration of a hypersonic missile derived from the X-51 test vehicle (see “Mach 20 or Bust,” September 2007) begins with a wireframe drawing. The artist then adds texture, lighting and backgrounds before rendering the final scene. Illustration: Paul DiMare (0:23)

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