Buses By The Bridge 2015: 20 Years of Awesome

If you are in the air-cooled hobby at all, the Buses by the Bridge event in Havasu City, AZ is an event that has taken on almost mythological proportions.  It is by far one of the largest and and most revered VW Bus based events in the U.S.  I’m fortunate to have been given a shot at doing the art for the 20th annual show.  It meant the world to me to be asked not only because of the magnitude of the event, but because the show organizers are  dear friends of mine.  I don’t have a lot of people that I get to be “without my armor” around, so this is one of the gigs that kinda sits “on Olympus” for me.  :)   Here’s a quick look at what went down.

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As always I break out my trusty zebra tech pencil and attempted to sketch the idea that was presented to me by the notoriously infamous Ronnie F of Bustoration fame.  I’m pretty good at extracting the vision from a clients head and turning it into a vision on paper.  Ronnie  understood what he wanted and through a little back and forth we got there.  I appreciate his candor.  Sloppy sketch aside, it was fun.

buses by the bridge car show tshirt art

I’ll skip all the little steps and get to the first comp.  Historically this event has used a very similar design every year.  A few years back I got to do the art and it was cool but it was more of a “me” take.  It went over well, but it didn’t hold the tradition like it should have.  This time I went back to the roots, I mean damn….20 year old roots!!  Gotta stay true I figured.  It ended up being a decent call.  The uncomplicated loose toon look of  buses rolling over The London Bridge fit the bill.  The buses didn’t belong to anybody in particular, I just thought they were cool.

buses by the bridge car show tshirt art

In the second comp I locked it all down and cleaned up some elements.  A few years ago a big balloon launch became part of the BBB weekend so it was important to get that element in.  There’s a lighthouse that is a spot of importance at the event and I added a duck, like I did last time I did the design.  I know there is some significance, but I forgot the back-story.  If you go, ask VW Howard or Corey…they know everything…EVERYTHING!!

buses by the bridge car show tshirt art

The next part was relatively easy.  I opened Photoshop and broke out my crayons….(note: I pronounce it “KRANZ”….Merica!!)  I know the color for 20th year stuff is platinum or emerald but it just didn’t fit and it’s so hard to get greens in title text to work on multiple colored garments.  The color scheme just kinda built itself.  I mean I was painting it, but the cosmos made the decisions, I was just there.  :)  These low res jpgs don’t really show the crispness, however if you go, get a shirt and a poster and you’ll see.  It landed OK so in the end I was good with it.

buses by the bridge car show tshirt art

buses by the bridge car show tshirt art

I don’t know how many color options there will be, and I don’t know how much extra goodies will be produced.  I do know that I saved and signed every original element of the design in it’s pencil on paper form and I will be sending the originals to the show organizers to use however they see fit.  It was an extremely cool gig for me and I want to thank the London Bridge Bullis and all my Havasu City friends for giving me a re-shot.  This one mattered.  Thank you guys.

-lem


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VW Drag Night 2015

Here’s a couple pics of some of the work I did for this year’s VW Drag Night show.  Fun little toons.

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Art by Lemorris 2014 Review

I got a chance to go ahead and string some pics together to make a review of the some of the stuff I drew last year.

Enjoy!


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Sneek Peek…this way something muscle comes…

More on deck, this is just a preview.  Kinda moving out of the VW world….Kinda liking it.  :)

 

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SuperNationals 2015 Design

I was blown away when I got the call to do this job.  It was really fun to stretch my wings a little.

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Fix, Drive, Break…Repeat Shirts available now! $25

The first run of the FDB..R shirts are available here!

Only $25 and free shipping in the US!

Check them out.

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Bug Print Available $15

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The 2-tone Bug Print is ready to go!  8 x 10 for only $15, 11 x 14 for only $25 !  Just in time for the holidays.  You can see details here.

The Lem Shop is open and ready for business. You can check it out here.  I’ll be adding products regularly so check back often.  Feels good to be here.  Thank you all for your patience.  If there’s something you’d like to see in the store, shoot me an email:  mail@lemorris.com   Thanks again.

-lemorris

 

 


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JD Curry VW Drag Car

Here’s a quick look at a recent gig.  Pretty fun car to draw.

 

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Pencil rough gets laid down

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Inking stage

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Color Base

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That which is shiny! :)

 

 

 


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Brand New Lem-tenna Balls!!! Only $10

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FREE SHIPPING in the USA!!! (merica) These Lem-like antenna balls are hand crafted right here in my studio. I draw a smiley face and sign the back of each one personally.  Leave a note if you want a crooked smile.So far they have held up in the rain, but it is straw and regular paint so it’s a novelty. There are no guarantees.Each ball is shipped in a crush resistant box and includes a card and a personally crafted origami boulder for added protection.

Allow 2 weeks for delivery.   US Only.

Individually hand crafted and signed limited edition antenna ball. A must have for the serious collector…and the non serious ones too. :)

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Single Cab Toons are the bestest!!

Real quick….I am having this event on my facebook page.  It’s the ‘post a picture of your VW and I might draw it event.”  Pretty cool actually.  There’s a number of submissions and it’s a great way for me to build my repurposable art library.  I even have clients going into the event and selecting vehicles to go in their designs.  :)

cartoon vw drawing by lemorrisI went in and selected this guys bus to do a toon of.  It was totally random, but I’m really ok with where this one landed.  he seems happy so I’m callin it done.

It’s a cool thing.  Check it out if you get a chance.

 

-lemorris

 

 


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