Car Show T-shirt Artwork: Portland Roadster Show 2017

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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!!!  🙂

-lem


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