It’s pretty easy, once your order goes through all you have to do is email me a few pics of your vehicle or let me know the year, make and model. After that I will do a cartoon drawing in my style of your vehicle. It will be a high resolution digital and once done I will email it to you. Then you can make prints for your personal use, or cups and do items for your business if you wish. You can’t resell the art as I retain those rights, but you can do a lot for your personal use.
So…who’s Kate Pierson??? She’s one of the 2 female singers in the legendary band, The B52s. It matters a whole lot to this post because I did have a reoccurring dream about the B52 girls for like 14 years. It wasn’t dirty or nothin, we just sat around a table talking about regular stuff. The cool part was everything they said, they said in harmony. It made me very happy to hear them talking about how I should lace my shell toed Adidas in perfect unison. I’ve been a B52 fan since I was about 12 and music plays a huge role in my little existence…it’s core. So when I got the call from my client and friend Tony Brown (best man-hugger ever!!!) to do the art for the 2015 Utah VW Classic, I jumped at the chance. I’ve done this job for the Utah Transporter Association a few times before, including last years design which went over really well so I was excited to give it another “go”.
One of the things I like about the job is the fact that they give me a lot of line. They might have a general idea, or concept, but they allow me to get down how I get down and that is always nice. I have been going through a lot of life changes so I ended up taking a bit longer than I wanted, but Tony was patient and understanding and supportive…(see? more friend than client…Thanks man.) So when I finally got through the issues that had me all “Art-stipated” It was nice to get back to this.
The design came out ok for me. Knowing that KCW (Kustom Coach Werks) is onboard was an added bonus. JJ of KCW is da man!! If you don’t know…find out! Amazing work…no joke. I think my buddy Ben is kickin it with those cats up there now. I hope he sees this. Tucson misses him. Great guy.
Getting back to the whole “let me get down how I get down thing…” I have a couple good friends in Lake Havasu City Arizona. One is a total legend. he was a founder of the world famous Jerome Jamboree and a founder of the equally world famous Buses By The Bridge event, and as if that wasn’t enough, he likes summer sausage…with or without cheese! His name is John, or VW Howard, super cool cat. If you ever get a chance to meet him you can email me and tell me how right I am. Another good friend from Havasu is my buddy Art. Now…he doesn’t know this, but I figured out why I like him so much. He’s cool. I mean like smoooooth cool. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but man….this guy reminds me of my Dad!!! No he’s not black and doesn’t wear Star Trek boots (to my knowledge), but this cat reminds me of my Dad. First time I’ve had that since my fathers passing, so Art holds a very very cool spot with me. Next time I see him we’ll laugh…that’s cool too.
All that being said I thought it would be fun to draw my 2 Havasu buddies buses for this event. I’m secretly hoping this will encourage all the London Bridge Bullis (Havasu Bus Folk) to make the trip up to this show. Utah is beautiful…nuff said. I know all the LBB would have a blast and enjoy the trip.
None of that however explains the whole Kate Pierson B52 Utah tie though. At this point either me or my keyboard is schizophrenic, but wait…I smell what I’m stepping in. Utah is known as the “Beehive” State (see the beehive in the design?) and when I think of Beehives all I see is Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B52′s sitting there with their amazing beehive hairdos, talking to me in harmonic unison about how to apply charcoal dust with a q-tip to a car drawing, or agreeing with me when I present my argument that “Dirk Wears White Socks” is the best Adam and The Ants album of all time!
Ahhhh…that felt good…just like this piece.
Huge thanks to Tony and the entire Utah Transporter Association that run the Utah VW Classic, and big thanks to John, Art, and especially Kate for letting me attach a tad of my weird to you. :) If you get a chance to go to this event….go. These are great people.
Here’s a bunch of the steps I took in doing the drawing. Enjoy!
You know…Kate’s latest album is available on itunes and Amazon. here’s one of the vids I dig from it. :)
This is the first design in the Plein Air-cooled series. The original art was hand drawn using charcoal and carbon pencils on hot press bristol board. The artist didn’t wear one of those funny french hats but he was reminded of some of his favorite artists from back in the day. The term Plein Air refers to painting or creating art outdoors, but when you combine it with Air-cooled it just means cool, unique and fun art wear.
This design is available on 2 colors. Delacroix Green, and Honore Grey. (Note: The actual names are Military Green and Sport grey, but they didn’t sound artsy enough so I made up a couple names.)
It is available in sizes Medium thru XXLarge. (XXL costs $3 more) Please allow 2 weeks for shipping.
If you are in the air-cooled hobby at all, the Buses by the Bridge event in Havasu City, AZ is an event that has taken on almost mythological proportions. It is by far one of the largest and and most revered VW Bus based events in the U.S. I’m fortunate to have been given a shot at doing the art for the 20th annual show. It meant the world to me to be asked not only because of the magnitude of the event, but because the show organizers are dear friends of mine. I don’t have a lot of people that I get to be “without my armor” around, so this is one of the gigs that kinda sits “on Olympus” for me. :) Here’s a quick look at what went down.
As always I break out my trusty zebra tech pencil and attempted to sketch the idea that was presented to me by the notoriously infamous Ronnie F of Bustoration fame. I’m pretty good at extracting the vision from a clients head and turning it into a vision on paper. Ronnie understood what he wanted and through a little back and forth we got there. I appreciate his candor. Sloppy sketch aside, it was fun.
I’ll skip all the little steps and get to the first comp. Historically this event has used a very similar design every year. A few years back I got to do the art and it was cool but it was more of a “me” take. It went over well, but it didn’t hold the tradition like it should have. This time I went back to the roots, I mean damn….20 year old roots!! Gotta stay true I figured. It ended up being a decent call. The uncomplicated loose toon look of buses rolling over The London Bridge fit the bill. The buses didn’t belong to anybody in particular, I just thought they were cool.
In the second comp I locked it all down and cleaned up some elements. A few years ago a big balloon launch became part of the BBB weekend so it was important to get that element in. There’s a lighthouse that is a spot of importance at the event and I added a duck, like I did last time I did the design. I know there is some significance, but I forgot the back-story. If you go, ask VW Howard or Corey…they know everything…EVERYTHING!!
The next part was relatively easy. I opened Photoshop and broke out my crayons….(note: I pronounce it “KRANZ”….Merica!!) I know the color for 20th year stuff is platinum or emerald but it just didn’t fit and it’s so hard to get greens in title text to work on multiple colored garments. The color scheme just kinda built itself. I mean I was painting it, but the cosmos made the decisions, I was just there. :) These low res jpgs don’t really show the crispness, however if you go, get a shirt and a poster and you’ll see. It landed OK so in the end I was good with it.
I don’t know how many color options there will be, and I don’t know how much extra goodies will be produced. I do know that I saved and signed every original element of the design in it’s pencil on paper form and I will be sending the originals to the show organizers to use however they see fit. It was an extremely cool gig for me and I want to thank the London Bridge Bullis and all my Havasu City friends for giving me a re-shot. This one mattered. Thank you guys.
The 2-tone Bug Print is ready to go! 8 x 10 for only $15, 11 x 14 for only $25 ! Just in time for the holidays. You can see details here.
The Lem Shop is open and ready for business. You can check it out here. I’ll be adding products regularly so check back often. Feels good to be here. Thank you all for your patience. If there’s something you’d like to see in the store, shoot me an email: email@example.com Thanks again.