First Fridolin after 25 years

I’ve been doin car art and VW art in particular for 2 and half decades.  My start is another story for another post another day, but just suffice to say, dues have been paid in spades.

In any case I actually got a chance to to a Fridolin!  “What’s a Fridolin?” you ask.   It’s like an ultra-rare VW ex-mail truck thing that everybody in the hobby wants but since only like 8 exist in the USA there’s only like…well…I guess 8 cool people.

This is one of 2 extremely rare vintage VWs I’m doing for the Eliot brothers that put on DubSplash.  Super cool cats.  I hope to go to the show.  Honored to get a shot at one of these.

Here’s a pic:

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and here’s the render vid:

Buses by The Bridge 2018 Event Art Recap

Every couple few years I get a shot at doing the artwork for the Annual Buses by the Bridge event in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  The show organizers are good friends and it’s fun to do a full cartoon design.

Before I get into this recap, I need to thank Cory “Screamin Eagle” Houck and Ronnie “Disco Boogie” Feitelson.   Freedom of design is a great gift to give a designer.  Thank you for entrusting me and keeping me grounded when I was bouncing off the satellites.

Also I need to send some love to John “Legend” Howard, Denise “D-Train” Howard, Art “White Version of my Dad” Lyons, Launa “Falana” Lyons, Bob “Soul on Ice” Bolen, and Mona “The Rock” Bolen.  You guys always have my back.  I appreciate your support, but moreso, your great friendship.

OK…here we go.

The Finished Art:

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This is the 22nd time this event has been held.  I swear it feels like 50 though.  It is one of the signature mainly VW bus events in the country.  There’s nothing like hundreds of buses and many hundreds of “bus people” gathering for 4 days!  Much joy is had by all.  They also raise much funds for charity and it really is a community effort.

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Bellcoff Trucking: Dump Trunk Drawing

I had the pleasure of doing a dumptruck drawing for these cool folk in Washington state. I don’t often get many big rigs coming through the studio so I had fun on this one. They are a lot harder to draw than regular vehicles as there is a lot of detail and the proportions like the vehicles are so much larger than the types of cars I normally do.

However, I’m never one to run from a challenge and I gave it my best shot. In the end I was really happy with how it came out. The shirts and posters are getting printed now. can’t wait to see how they land.

Here’s a video, speedpaint style of the render, and a few process shots for you.



big rig drawing

The rough pencil stage. The X’s indicate solid black areas.

big rig drawing

A look at the line art in progress. Inked in Photoshop CC

big rig drawing

Adding some flat colors.

big rig drawing

The start of the tone stage. Fleshing it out.

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Final render in all it’s Dump Truck Glory.

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The shirt/poster layout. Fun gig.

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.



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. :)

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.


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.

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