First…to answer the obvious question…Yes…Mustang Xmas is my obscure reference to “Corvette Summer”…I saw that film with my Uncle Russell back in the day. One of the coolest summers of my life was hangin with him when I was an ankle biter. :)
Anyway…let’s do this.
This post is for Earl. Your main squeeze Terry commissioned me to draw your car as part of my Xmas toon special and I told her I would make this post for you my man.
Basically we will break down your drawing step by step and hopefully you’re sitting on your beanbag chair or waterbed futon reading this, and loving it. :)
Here’s the finished…but…
Your toon started here. I jumped into Photoshop with a head full of funk music and a really scratchy pencil brush. Terry sent me a couple few pics so I just let loose and threw some lines at it. These initial rough sketches really just help establish form and they are more like mental notes I will follow later on. Cool thing about this piece, I did my rough rough sketch Read the rest of this entry »
Since I have a number of these little sketches now, I thought I’d just throw them up as I get time. Now…I should be sleep but Iron Man just swooped in and called Loki “Reindeer Games” so I may be up for a while. In any case, here’s a Chevy pickup I did for an online car show. Yay.
So….I asked my daughter if she had any tips and she said, “just draw it”….smart young lady.
I thought it would be good to just jump in and take a whack at a fully digital rendering. Now that I’m more comfortable with the sketching process it really kinda just drew itself. I gotta tell ya, sketching with the power of undo at your fingertips is pretty freeing. I highly recommend any art cats out there that want to use a tablet….do it. Once you get over what feels like a disconnect, you will realize you are even more in tuned to your piece in many ways. I understand why many of the hot shots do it this way. I’m looking forward to getting there.
My sketch landed in this area somewhere. In retrospect I should have cleaned it all up and worked it to a more finished state but I was anxious to get into it and since it was a Selfy automotive illustration, it didn’t seem critical to make it super clean…..I was wrong…I paid for the messiness in later stages.
The final kinda skidded to a halt in this area. It’s a bit loose but I was able to try some new brushes and also just spend some time drawing for the sake of drawing. It wasn’t really a shot heard round the world moment, but I did sit back and nod…..that’s pretty cool.
Look for more in the future. Pretty happy to be in this head space.
You know, they say art is an old persons game. You don’t really understand that until you get old.
I think it’s a reference to the fact that you continue to learn new and grow as you get older in the profession. Times change fast as new technologies are introduced every day it seems, but nothing will ever replace sketching. I amend my previous post. Paper hasn’t jumped the shark. Artist will always find paper, or tablets, or napkins or cave walls or whatever is available to express themselves.
That being the case, I am still playing in Photoshop sketching and loving it. I am a pretty loose sketcher, but there is an underlying feel in the line….pretty funky….pretty fun.
I watch a lot of YouTube videos on drawing techniques and methods. I stumbled across a cool tutorial on sketching in Photoshop. I have been trying to get a handle on a way to sketch digitally that fit my flow. I have been all about paper for decades so its been tough to get a handle on it.
In any case the video I watched, turned a light on and though its rough…it’s the beginning of paper jumping the shark in my toons.
I could smell the hops from the nearby Sierra Nevada brewery as I opened the door to Chico Volkswagen in Chico, California. The VW team was clearly busy on this slightly rainy day, but someone stopped and asked if they could help me. I told them I had an appointment with Barry and immediately he appeared…LIKE POOF!!…almost as if manifested….it was weird.
Barry was way cool and we hit it off right away. He took me outside to the lot next door where I saw this super clean restored vintage gas station. I have a Sinclair sign myself so it was great to see the Dino pumps. Barry explained to me that the owner of Chico VW was actually in VW service for something like 20 years and as the Chico community grew, he applied for and was awarded a VW dealership. Knowing that the dealership has a foundation in actual VW service is feather-in-cap worthy IMO. The gas station Resto was something that kind of happened in conjunction with the city of Chico. It looked like a real nice setting for a show for sure.
My mom used to and still does call me knucklebutt from time to time. It is a term of endearment and I use it here the same way my mom does with me.
The German Metal VW club is a local group of knucklebutts that get together and play VW. I did this design for them last year and it really came out nice. It’s a limited pallet design as in it only has 3 colors but it really works well.
When I was visiting a client recently, he mentioned that this particular design wasn’t on my site and he really liked it, so I thought just in case he’s right….I better put it up here in the blog portion.
Fun group of guys to work with. I was pleased to get a shot at this one.
Ok…I don’t really have a good reference for a dog named blue, but sometimes a title just rocks so you gotta go with it.
Over the last few years my art career has really taken off. Personally I attribute it to lots of new foreign and domestic funk music. Regardless, things are pretty ok. I feel fortunate to get the opportunities I have and this job for CB Performance is no exception.
These guys are THE SOURCE for performance parts for your Aircooled VW. They machine in-house and really….they are top notch…indisputable.
Our paths crossed a couple times on Facebook and out of that a relationship grew….there was long walks and flowers and yellow dresses with ruffles…it was lovely. I was able to strike a deal to get some parts for my car which turned into a motor upgrade of gonna talk about it later proportions and a 3 shirt art deal. This is design 1.
It features a cool drag bug in full motion. This was a pencil photoshop render so there was no line art. It’s intended to be loose and really capture more of the organic feel than the digital algorithmic line. CB and Me were pretty excited. The shirts are available here.
To say I am honored to have CB as a client is under…understatement. Great company, great cats….great feeling.
I can’t believe I forgot to put up the Okla-Ho-Ho-Homa art.
This is another gig I got to do with Miller Graphics which is owned by my good friend Donnie and his main squeeze Jimmie. I really enjoy working with them as their jobs are usually outside my norms and they are very funny and creative as well. He asked me to come up with a Hot Oil Truck/Santa theme….??
This piece was nice to start as a pencil sketch and render directly to that. I’m still dialing in my process within that method, but I really do dig the illustrativeness (now a word) that comes out in the final.
I’ve learned so much through folks like Donnie and Jimmie so I need to give them a little extra love.
Finally get a chance to visit my own site and bring some new. It looks like 2013 will see a slight slide into other areas. I will be putting up more non car stuff and the car stuff might not be all VW as I’m getting some other type work in. May be time to put on my big boy pencil and just get down. :)
Fun one here. Wanted to do something like the pioneers used to do. My linework isn’t as spiritied as theirs, but this will be a fun little series. I’m doing the inking in Corel Painter which is a program I’m not as familiar with, but I really do like it. This is the first of 3 in this series. Shirts will be available at Chirco.com soon.