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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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.


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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!

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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.


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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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Automotive Illustration – C10 Chevy

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

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Car Show T-shirt Artwork: Portland Roadster Show 2017

I got a message on my facebook from a guy who said he was from The Portland Roadster Show!!!  At first I thought he was pulling my leg so I started to cybernetically hang up, but he was in fact the real deal!  I have heard of this show before so I was pretty happy.  Turns out my good friend and amazing screen printer Mike Hertz of “Designs of All Kinds in Washington state referred me.  The client was a great cat to work with and though I stumbled out of the block, we ended up in a very very good place.  So shout out to David for the opportunity and trust.

Here’s how it went down.
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The Final Layout:

The design was intended to speak to the rich history of the car show as well as the location.  Portland is super cool city so finding elements to represent in conjunction with the automotive illustrations was pretty straightforward.

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The Copper Caddy:

Now if you’re a car nut that’s been living under a rock for the last decade, I can understand how you might not know of the Utah based car builders Kindig It.  For everyone else, you know this car.  I’ve seen it on TV several times and it is definitely one of the top builds in the USA.  I was admittedly intimidated but I just put on some groovy tunes and let the pixels fall where they may.  After all these years, learning to believe in myself and my art is still a thing.  I was very happy with where this one landed, and that made the rest go much MUCH smoother.

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The Rod:

Drawing a hot rod for any car show t-shirt is always fun.  I normally try to do them buttoned up as the engine work can be a pain in the Cintiq (my drawing tablet).  In this case the drawing went super smooth.  I had started on another hotrod initially but David wanted this one so we just flipped the script and made it happen.  The depth in the paint was especially fun to capture.  Much enjoyment was had on my end.  (hmmm…that sounds dirty…you know what I mean though.  :) )

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The Merc:

Any automotive illustrator that says they don’t love drawing a lead sled is either lying or not telling the truth!  I saved the sled for last as a sort of reward.  There’s something very “good feeling” about those long lines, especially in profile view.  Sometimes subtle beauty is the best beauty.  I enjoyed this one greatly.

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Final Thoughts:

You know, not much more to add.  It was a huge opportunity and I’m glad I was able to get it done.  New equipment helps, though the learning curve was greater than anticipated….(there will be a post about that for sure).  This event takes place in March 2017. I hope to clear my schedule so I can attend.  Once again, huge THANK YOU to David for the shot and Mike for the referral.  This goes in the “Feel Good” column.

You can find out info on The Portland Roadster show here.  If you can go…GO!!!  :)