Sometimes you go through periods as an artist where it’s just hard to get stuff done. It’s not because you suck, it’s not because you lack confidence….it’s just because you’re all congested with work and mental obstacle courses. Then along comes a Manxter toon and as soon as it’s done…everything flows. I’m thinking I need to take 2 of these a month and then I won’t get all stuffed up. :)
Really fun toon. The Manxster is a modern version of the Meyers Manx dune buggy. Bruce Meyers is an American pioneer and I have had the pleasure of chatting with him a couple times. This Manxter was given as a gift to a member of the Manx Club, Scott. he’s also a great cat to work with so I was happy they asked me to make this piece for him. Yay.
I do a lot of VW drawings because I hang out in those circles and I drive a 1958 VW daily. The air cooled VW community is very large and for a car that really didn’t change that much over the years, compared to other vehicle makes and models, it’s an extremely diverse community. There are many clubs in many disciplines within the hobby. One of the more high end clubs is The German Folks Club….GFK. Now…in the VW world all the GFK cats dance like Raj on What’s Happenin, and they walk like George Jefferson…..because they can. They’re cars are top notch. Some of the best VW restorations you will ever see.
Anyway…I know a couple of them because I dance like Raj too, and it turns out I got a shot at drawin a toon of Jason’s car. His girl Friday is a big supporter and Jay has been down for a while so I was happy to take a crack at it.
Clearly I had all the necessary tools as I started to draw.
The pencil work landed nice. The distortion had a fun flavor.
Base color added in photoshop.
Roughed in some tones.
Then painted in some detail.
All in all it went pretty smooth. I got to have some fun sharin steps and funk music on Jays Facebook wall too.
Oh…big shout out to Friday for the support. You made this happen. You guys are awesome. Thanks for the opportunity.
The VW Bus is about as iconic as it gets. Few things light up people’s eyes when they see it like a Aircooled Volkswagon.
Here’s a little step by step for Melissa and her adorable family. I never got her husbands name and this was a gift for him so I’m gonna give him a super stud name…hmmm…let’s call him Gage. Yeah… Gage Rothrock after a dude I knew that turned me on to MF Doom.
Here we go.
This is where it finished up. Pretty cool Bay Window VW Bus. The pics Melissa sent were great! I drive my VW daily and I really like seeing a bus that gets driven and enjoyed.
This is where it started. I sketched this one on paper with my trusty pencil. My thumbnail sketch was about the size Read the rest of this entry »
First…to answer the obvious question…Yes…Mustang Xmas is my obscure reference to “Corvette Summer”…I saw that film with my Uncle Russell back in the day. One of the coolest summers of my life was hangin with him when I was an ankle biter. :)
Anyway…let’s do this.
This post is for Earl. Your main squeeze Terry commissioned me to draw your car as part of my Xmas toon special and I told her I would make this post for you my man.
Basically we will break down your drawing step by step and hopefully you’re sitting on your beanbag chair or waterbed futon reading this, and loving it. :)
Here’s the finished…but…
Your toon started here. I jumped into Photoshop with a head full of funk music and a really scratchy pencil brush. Terry sent me a couple few pics so I just let loose and threw some lines at it. These initial rough sketches really just help establish form and they are more like mental notes I will follow later on. Cool thing about this piece, I did my rough rough sketch Read the rest of this entry »
Since I have a number of these little sketches now, I thought I’d just throw them up as I get time. Now…I should be sleep but Iron Man just swooped in and called Loki “Reindeer Games” so I may be up for a while. In any case, here’s a Chevy pickup I did for an online car show. Yay.
So….I asked my daughter if she had any tips and she said, “just draw it”….smart young lady.
I thought it would be good to just jump in and take a whack at a fully digital rendering. Now that I’m more comfortable with the sketching process it really kinda just drew itself. I gotta tell ya, sketching with the power of undo at your fingertips is pretty freeing. I highly recommend any art cats out there that want to use a tablet….do it. Once you get over what feels like a disconnect, you will realize you are even more in tuned to your piece in many ways. I understand why many of the hot shots do it this way. I’m looking forward to getting there.
My sketch landed in this area somewhere. In retrospect I should have cleaned it all up and worked it to a more finished state but I was anxious to get into it and since it was a Selfy automotive illustration, it didn’t seem critical to make it super clean…..I was wrong…I paid for the messiness in later stages.
The final kinda skidded to a halt in this area. It’s a bit loose but I was able to try some new brushes and also just spend some time drawing for the sake of drawing. It wasn’t really a shot heard round the world moment, but I did sit back and nod…..that’s pretty cool.
Look for more in the future. Pretty happy to be in this head space.
You know, they say art is an old persons game. You don’t really understand that until you get old.
I think it’s a reference to the fact that you continue to learn new and grow as you get older in the profession. Times change fast as new technologies are introduced every day it seems, but nothing will ever replace sketching. I amend my previous post. Paper hasn’t jumped the shark. Artist will always find paper, or tablets, or napkins or cave walls or whatever is available to express themselves.
That being the case, I am still playing in Photoshop sketching and loving it. I am a pretty loose sketcher, but there is an underlying feel in the line….pretty funky….pretty fun.
I watch a lot of YouTube videos on drawing techniques and methods. I stumbled across a cool tutorial on sketching in Photoshop. I have been trying to get a handle on a way to sketch digitally that fit my flow. I have been all about paper for decades so its been tough to get a handle on it.
In any case the video I watched, turned a light on and though its rough…it’s the beginning of paper jumping the shark in my toons.
I could smell the hops from the nearby Sierra Nevada brewery as I opened the door to Chico Volkswagen in Chico, California. The VW team was clearly busy on this slightly rainy day, but someone stopped and asked if they could help me. I told them I had an appointment with Barry and immediately he appeared…LIKE POOF!!…almost as if manifested….it was weird.
Barry was way cool and we hit it off right away. He took me outside to the lot next door where I saw this super clean restored vintage gas station. I have a Sinclair sign myself so it was great to see the Dino pumps. Barry explained to me that the owner of Chico VW was actually in VW service for something like 20 years and as the Chico community grew, he applied for and was awarded a VW dealership. Knowing that the dealership has a foundation in actual VW service is feather-in-cap worthy IMO. The gas station Resto was something that kind of happened in conjunction with the city of Chico. It looked like a real nice setting for a show for sure.
My mom used to and still does call me knucklebutt from time to time. It is a term of endearment and I use it here the same way my mom does with me.
The German Metal VW club is a local group of knucklebutts that get together and play VW. I did this design for them last year and it really came out nice. It’s a limited pallet design as in it only has 3 colors but it really works well.
When I was visiting a client recently, he mentioned that this particular design wasn’t on my site and he really liked it, so I thought just in case he’s right….I better put it up here in the blog portion.
Fun group of guys to work with. I was pleased to get a shot at this one.
Ok…I don’t really have a good reference for a dog named blue, but sometimes a title just rocks so you gotta go with it.
Over the last few years my art career has really taken off. Personally I attribute it to lots of new foreign and domestic funk music. Regardless, things are pretty ok. I feel fortunate to get the opportunities I have and this job for CB Performance is no exception.
These guys are THE SOURCE for performance parts for your Aircooled VW. They machine in-house and really….they are top notch…indisputable.
Our paths crossed a couple times on Facebook and out of that a relationship grew….there was long walks and flowers and yellow dresses with ruffles…it was lovely. I was able to strike a deal to get some parts for my car which turned into a motor upgrade of gonna talk about it later proportions and a 3 shirt art deal. This is design 1.
It features a cool drag bug in full motion. This was a pencil photoshop render so there was no line art. It’s intended to be loose and really capture more of the organic feel than the digital algorithmic line. CB and Me were pretty excited. The shirts are available here.
To say I am honored to have CB as a client is under…understatement. Great company, great cats….great feeling.
I can’t believe I forgot to put up the Okla-Ho-Ho-Homa art.
This is another gig I got to do with Miller Graphics which is owned by my good friend Donnie and his main squeeze Jimmie. I really enjoy working with them as their jobs are usually outside my norms and they are very funny and creative as well. He asked me to come up with a Hot Oil Truck/Santa theme….??
This piece was nice to start as a pencil sketch and render directly to that. I’m still dialing in my process within that method, but I really do dig the illustrativeness (now a word) that comes out in the final.
I’ve learned so much through folks like Donnie and Jimmie so I need to give them a little extra love.
Finally get a chance to visit my own site and bring some new. It looks like 2013 will see a slight slide into other areas. I will be putting up more non car stuff and the car stuff might not be all VW as I’m getting some other type work in. May be time to put on my big boy pencil and just get down. :)
Fun one here. Wanted to do something like the pioneers used to do. My linework isn’t as spiritied as theirs, but this will be a fun little series. I’m doing the inking in Corel Painter which is a program I’m not as familiar with, but I really do like it. This is the first of 3 in this series. Shirts will be available at Chirco.com soon.
OK…lets get this out of the way first…..My car is clearly the best car in Tucson, all of Arizona and it’s top 2 in the world (you could make an argument however weak for the original Barris Batmobile.)
The Chirco Bugtoberfest weekend is easily the “most funnest” air-cooled weekend in Arizona. I have a role in organizing and coordinating the event as well as being the guy that does the rt and videos for the event.
This year the art featured the vehicles of local enthusiasts that have had major health issues creep or suddenly appear in their lives this year. All three I consider close friends so I was happy to render their vehicles and give back some of the love they have givin me over the years.
I’ve been fortunate enough as an artist to get to know a few of the real big wigs in the automotive art field. One of, if not THE biggest is Greg Tedder. His work has been an inspiration, motivation, intimidation and several other “a-tions”.
Recently he called me up and asked if I would work on the t-shirt design for the Houston Autorama.
He was very cool. Sent me the reference, gave me a concept and just let me do my thing.
It was a bit of a rush, but I made it on time and I’m told the shirts printed great! I’m really happy to have had this opportunity to help a friend and to stretch out a little bit more. Pretty cool -lemorris
I was really really happy when I got the call to do the art for the Arizona Bus Club’s Jerome Jamboree. It’s a long running aircooled VW event that I hope to get to sometime. My friends go every year. It looks like a lot of fun.
Since I was a kid I always wanted to see Lake Tahoe. The TV show Bonanza was set there and I used to watch it with my dad (RIP). Well…fortunately I have a daughter that just got accepted into animation school and we were able to combine her school visit with a trip to Northern California and a tag along ride on a great great VW cruise around Lake Tahoe.
It was an amazing trip…I will never forget it. Daddy/Daughter trips don’t get better.
True, Fish may be a strange name, but he’s a great guy. Last year I gave a rendering away as a raffle prize at a car show. I was thrilled when Fish’s number got called. He swam up to me and wagged his…..ok..ok…his name is Steve, and anyway…he swam up to me and wagged his scaley fish body and…LOLOL
Let’s make this short. Fish won, I drew his Buick. Yay!
Here’s where it landed. If you want to see all the steps click “Read the rest of this entry” below
I had the pleasure of getting to put together the VW Invasion 1 (one…one…one…one) shirt for my good friend Jill of Grins Graphics in Grass Valley. Ca. It was a repurposed but redesigned gig. She provided the concept and then let me do my thing.
It was pretty cool cause it’s the first show for these kooky NorCal cats and it’s great to be involved if even from afar because their enthusiasm for the car and the hobby is just great. I really appreciate getting a shot at it. This is one I hope to land again. Pretty fun.
I’ve been fortunate enough to get a chance to do the art for Chirco Performance’s Bugtoberfest for a few years now. This year I was really happy cause I got to draw my buddies bus. Looks like it’ll be a really fun show again this year. Make it if you can.
So…on my facebook art page I held this contest and an old friend of mine won. more people voted I should draw his car. I was doin stuff a little differently then so I waited until I felt like I had something at least different to do with the piece. I started this whole pencil sketch color non-sense because of this book I got or I might have seen it on a CGI forum…anyway…I figure if they can do it to a dragon, I can do it to a car….(makes sense to me for some reason, but then again…the owl in Clash of the Titans didn’t bother me much, so that outta tell you somethin.) Read the rest of this entry »
The Speedworld VW show is a dragrace/car show held in Surprise Arizona. I’m fortunate enough to get a crack at doin this job. It’s fun cause it’s always toony and they give me a lot of freedom. The following study is just for flyers and will serve as a map for the final rendering.
One of the jobs on the table right now is for Vintage Warehouse of Santa Rosa, CA. My buddy Greg is the owner and he gave me a shot at doing another shirt for him. This is the split Read the rest of this entry »