Automotive Illustration : VW Notchback

Working on a design for an upcoming event. Thought I’d just share a couple parts.

line_fin

Here’s a video of the lineart being created.

automotive illustration

Here’s a video of the color being rendered.


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Automotive Illustration : VW Thing

Working on a design for an upcoming event. Thought I’d just share a couple parts.

 

automotive illustration lineHere’s a video of the lineart being created.

automotive illustration

Here’s a video of the color being rendered.


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Photoshop Inking: VW Notchback

Notchback VWs are not the norm, so I get geeked over getting a shot at one.

I’m recording the whole process, but here’s the lineart for your preview. I had a couple lines to tweak, but it’s all good.

Really fun car to illustrate in Photoshop. Ooooooozes character.

Enjoy!

-lem

p.s. Got to try my new tag out for the first time. I may run with it for a while. I’m still Lemorris, but Lem just seems to de-formalize and flow like me. :)


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Cartoon GTO Automotive Illustration in Photoshop with video.

From Animal to Animal

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend art school here in Tucson in the late 80’s.  At the time the school was called The Art Center of Tucson.  It has since grown and is now known as the Southwest University of Visual Arts (SUVA).   We were schooled in more traditional methods of illustration and design.  Computers were just coming onto the scene so we did layouts by hand, marker illustrations, inkings with rapdiographs etc.  It was a blast.  Our class was a mix of many cultures, including the “act like we didn’t have no damn sense” culture. :)  As it turns out, my future wife Carole sat in front of me in class.  The instructors and admin referred to us as “THE ANIMALS” a moniker we took great pride in.  Well one of my fellow Animal classmates was this guy named Colby.  He was soooooooooooo funny!!!  A little crazy like all of us, but a seriously talented illustrator and a good friend.

I was honored when he contacted me on FaceBook and asked me about doing a cartoon of his 2004 GTO.  I took on the job and it went extremely well.  It was nice to stretch my legs a little and have some fun doing something that had a little more meaning to me.

 

cartoon car drawing

 

I have my recording system working well now so I was able to capture the entire process and turn it into a series of speedpaint videos.  You can watch them all below.  Total time is about 20 minutes but It’s split into 6 videos…makes it easier to digest.  Enjoy.

I’m pretty pleased with where it landed.  I got to remember a lot of the good times we had back in art school.  I’m glad this happened.

-lem


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Tutorial: Setting up a Dynamic Inking Brush in Photoshop

I get asked about inking in Photoshop a lot, so here’s a video explaining one way to set up brushes in Photoshop. The link to my drawing actions set is in the video description on YouTube.


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Florida Bug Jam 2016 Car Show T-shirt/Poster Art

Last year I got to do art for the 2015 Florida Bug jam.  It was a Star Wars influenced design and it went over extremely well.  When I got the call this year there was a little intimidation.  It’s hard to follow up STAR WARS!!!  I mean, that’s like coming on stage to sing after Mel Torme or  Blossom Dearie!  Tough order for sure.

It was cool cause the expectations were lowered and most folks understood.  That however did not stop us from going with a Marvelesque theme and putting our best foot forward!

car show t-shirt art

This is where the design landed.  It was a blast to get a chance to be creative and give my take on what these heroes would drive.

 

car show t-shirt art

As always I started out with a rough sketch.  I know it’s very plain, but I saw the entire design at this stage.  The rest of the steps are below.

Contine reading


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Re-drawing a car on a light table: GTO Illustration

Here’s a quick look at the benefits of a light table.  It really helps to transfer a drawing to a clean piece of paper and make corrections as you go.

 

There’s a video below the pics showing the process.

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Here’s the sloppy sketch

automotive illustration

Here’s the not as sloppy sketch


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Automotive Illustration – C10 Chevy

I don’t know what it is, but I really like drawing trucks!  Had a blast with this one.

If you’re interested in hiring me, contact me at mail@lemorris.com


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Interview with an antenna ball.

I was fortunate enough to get a chance to sit down with a custom Lem-tenna Ball named Ballthasar and ask him a few questions.  The Lem-tenna balls don’t stick around here long so it was nice to get a moment to just chat.

custom antenna ball

Here’s what went down:

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Me:
Ummm…first of all, allow me to thank you for granting this interview.  I understand you are scheduled to be shipped out to North Carolina tomorrow so once again, thank you for giving me your time.

Lem-tenna Ball:
Ain’t no thang but a chicken wang baby.  I’m down with whatever…long as you don’t ask me about politics, religion, or staple guns.

Me:
Fair enough.  So I see here that the Lem-balls have been out for a couple years now.  How do you deal with the legacy? Is there performance pressure or, I don’t know, societal issues you have to face?

Lem-tenna Ball:
Ya know…not really.  I mean there is still some historical hurt behind the fact that the first of our kind was stolen within 15 minutes of creation by some unsavory person at a Starbucks, but all in all, ball-life is good.  I mean, ya know, we just get an antenna shoved up our hoo-haa, which is uncomfy for a sec or we dangle from mirrors or sit on shelves.  It’s not like we have to do more than make folks smile so life as a ball is pretty chill for the most part.

Me:
Cool.  A lot of people want to know what it’s like being created.  Is it a painful process?

Lem-tenna Ball:
Honestly, no pain is involved.  Our hats get soaked in water so they can be formed, and they dry pretty fast in the Arizona sun.  After that us balls get a couple coats of black paint.  That part actually feels pretty good.  Oh wait….yeah man…the glue gun part kinda sux.  I don’t know if you’ve ever had somebody squeeze hot glue into a hat and shove the top of your head into it, but yeah….that ain’t fun.  After that we get our faces drawn and the back of our heads signed then we get acrylic coated to help us hold up.

I’d say we’re durable but ya know…if you keep anything outside in the elements for a long period of time, it’s gonna show some wear.  Good thing we’re inexpensive.  Life as a novelty can be misunderstood by some.

Me:
Good point.  Let me ask you this.  Is it hard to maintain a ball-to-ball relationship?

Lem-tenna Ball:
Daaaag man! I shoulda put that off limits with the rest, but since I didn’t, I’ll hip you on the topic.

Yeah…it’s tough…I mean, unless you get shipped together it’s almost impossible.  I mean…we don’t have arms, and our phantom limbs don’t exist in your human realm so it’s not like we can text or Tinder or whatever.  I tell ya playa, I was crazy in love with this lady ball named Rounda.  She was smokin’ hot…had these big  pretty eyes, and man she had a circumference to die for! I’m talking ba-donka-donk.  Pi high to da sky!! Ya feel me??  Anyway I took her out to the front yard and we sat in the base of this Acacia tree and watched the moon rise.  I thought she was feelin’ it so I reached my phantom arm around to pull her close and then she lost it!!  Maaaaan she spun around took her phantom leg and kicked me right in the me!!!  That was a bad night.  Since then I just chill.  I figure I need to work on being a better ball for “me” before I can be a part of “we”.

Me:
I feel ya on that my man.  I have been to the Places My Balls Have Been Facebook Page and I see tons of pics showing the travels of you people.  Do you have a favorite picture on that page?

Lem-tenna Ball:
Whatta-you mean by “you people”??

Me:
Oh…my apologies, I mean….you balls??

Lem-tenna Ball:
Apology accepted.  Us balls have to deal with enough discrimination from the Equilaterals and frekkin Hexagons.  I’m sorry I went off…what was your question again?

Oh! Oh! The Facebook Page.  ya know man, there’s a ton of pics up there.  I liked the couple pics of my cousins at The leaning Tower of Pisa and there was a shot by this gal named Mona with my aunt Ballarie at the grassy field where Julie Andrews did her dance with them kids in Sound of Music.  I was diggin’ that one big time.

Me:
So is it safe to say you balls are international?

Lem-tenna Ball:
Oh yeah…we’re everywhere.  US, Europe, Canada, Lost on Florida highways, heck we just made Australia last week.  Those balls talk funny and they cost a bit more to ship, but yeah, it’s pretty cool.

Me:
That brings up a good question.  There are 3 different types of balls that can be ordered.  The regular smile like yours, the crooked smile and the Zombie balls.  Are there any issues between different ball types? I mean…do you all get along?

Lem-tenna Ball:
Truthfully, we all have a Funk-centric core so even the Crooked Smiles get down.  There was a Zombie ball named Ellipsy that was trippin’ for a bit.  He kept tying to eat our brains, but it turns out he was Styrofoam-intolerant so it’s all good now.

custom antenna ball

Ballthasar during the interview.

Me:
Wow!…who knew?  Ok…2 more questions.  Being a ball isn’t an experience a lot of people get to have.  What is the whole shipping thing like for your kind?

Lem-tenna Ball:
I gotta tell ya, from what I hear it’s pretty sweet.  We get put in these custom signature boxes and there’s usually a couple of your business cards in there and a custom written haiku inside an origami boulder! The boulder looks like crumpled up paper but it’s really origami…that’s kinda cool.  There’s plenty of room in the box though.  My uncle Roundtree was super happy when he went out.  He was all “Who’s the black ball that’s a hit with all the chicks??!” and I was like “umm..you??” and he said “ya daaaaammmn right”. So I’m thinkin’ it’s a pretty good experience.

Me:
Sweet.  Last question my friend.  I like to end interviews with a more insightful question.  If you could have anything you wanted, what would it be?

Lem-tenna Ball:
HANDS! Real hands!!….or at least the thumb part.  That would be helpful for sure.  If not that then I guess I’d have to say a Bomb Pop.  I mean yeah I know I’d need a working mouth and a digestive system to really enjoy it, but yeah… a Bomb Pop would be tha s__t!.

Me:
Well alright my man.  That does it for this interview.  I’d like to thank you once again for your time.  I really appreciate you doing this for the folks out there.  Best wishes and safe travels to NC brotha.

Lem-tenna Ball:
Naw, thank you man.  Keep it circular.  You’re alright for a biped.

END

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If you’d like to order a Lem-tenna ball to take on your travels and share pics or just to sit on your desk and make you smile, click here.

International orders click here.

Thanks for taking a ride on the bizarre side.

-lem

 

 


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Speedpainting Photoshop Tutorial – Automotive Render: Jeep

jeep drawing

I recently got my recording set up working well and tested it on a Jeep render.  It’s speedpainting style and I broke it apart into 5 videos so you can just watch individually.  The menu is in the upper left corner.

I put them into a playlist too, so you can click play and watch the process from ink to finish.

enjoy

-lem


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