I got hired to do a drawing for a local locksmith. The client wasn’t just a regular guy. His name is Sixxball, Sixx. He’s a cat I have known for a decade. Our relationship has gone from friend to friendemy to estranged to ultimately revered and respected. As I have grown and changed in the local VW hobby, he has also grown and changed to the point that he is not only a friend, but someone that I truly respect. I tell folks all the time, Sixx is the most consistent individual in the local community. I can admit when I am wrong and give props where props are due. We have had a hard road, but now I admire this guy.
So Sixx hit me up to do his HHR for his business. I have drawn his bug in the past and I did a render of his Rabbit as well. I’ll break this drawing down, but I’ll share a couple vids first. Here is the HHR.
Like I said, dope.
Here is the vid of his Rabbit. I know I mistakenly called it a Cabrio and he will never forgive me for it, but there is love.
Now we can take a look at the HHR process. 🙂
This is the first stage rough sketch. pencil on paper. I wasn’t sure it was funky enough, but something in the rear wheel told me to stick with it.
Here is the stage 2 pencil. It really landed good for me. At this point I decided to render direct to pencil. It’s a more organic process and I thought this vehicle lended itself well to that.
Flat tones get added on individual Photoshop layers.
Here I started roughing in some of the tones. I was looking for some depth in the whites, which is always hard. It started to speak to me though and I was digging where it wanted to go.
After a couple adjustments to levels, and hue/saturation the look it wanted to be became clear.
The final render really landed well. Sixx had some specific needs like the ghosted logo on the hood and I ended up redoing his business card look vector so he could use it in conjunction with the drawing and extend the usability of the art in general.
This is a layout I made for him. In the end, it all came out ok.
Sixx let me do my thing, and I was grateful. 2017 was a really hard year for me. I had a lot of loss and had a hard time staying on schedule and doing my thing. Sixx and his wife Heather were very patient and understanding. I struggled to get it going because I was a bit of a wreck, but in the end, they stood by me and I am eternally grateful for that. When your chips are down, you find out who your true friends are. I found out that Sixx is truly one of mine. 🙂
p.s. He still wears weird-a_s shoes, but you know…I dig him and Mrs. Sixx muches. 🙂