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I am in the process of designing an award winning look for my new website. I have been utilizing the same website features for a number of years and have just decided to try a facelift using new images, styles and formats-- including the use of more CSS and absolute positioning and maybe some html5. As always the idea is to showcase my ARTWORK, but I also want to include more descriptive verbage as well which may help you in understanding why certain things have been done in certain ways.
1959 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE
The following 3-step sequence shows the complete process from initial reference photo selection to preliminary pencil sketches to hardline ink drawing; continuing through to finished acrylic rendering. The first big chore is to locate a fine, all American-steel and chrome auto from the late 50's era. I personally believe 1959 was the automotive design golden year. That was back when the cars didn't all look like they were cut out with the same cookie-cutter. This will be a study of 50's advertising art.
12" x 24"
Pencil & Ink
Tissue Paper & Overlays
(otherwise called Trash Paper in the industry)
In my magical world... it's also called: Analog Layers
The original pencil sketch is taken and reduced to a hardline-outline in ink which delineates values and edges. The shading sketch is kept for later referral. (Never throw your old stuff away.) Each time you revise a sketch you have the opportunity to modify and manipulate the image and refine it into a better finished rendering.
12" x 24"
Pencil, Ink & Acrylic.
This drawing has been reduced to a simple hardline sketch and transferred to a piece of 1/4" Masonite that's been primed with several coats of Gesso. I usually start in the areas that I consider to be the hardest, so that I can throw the whole project away and start on something else if it proves too tough! All that beautiful chrome!
12" x 24"
This rendering was produced without the aid of an airbrush and that may have been a mistake. I think it could have been much more 'realistic' if I had used one, however this one was planned without intentially. I am planning a painting of the original Batmobile, and will use an airbrush in that art. The
background was left a crisp white also. This was pretty tough to do even using masking
film, because of all the pencil work and masking tapes, etc. When completed, I
applied a semi-gloss varnish and even that became a difficult task because of the
lint in the brushes! Each little piece of trash had to be picked out for three coats of
Now... a little something about the car!
It was called a "Wide Track Body" because it was fully 64 inches wide. The widest in the
industry. 389 V-8 at 260 horsepower Stickshift or 300 horsepower with optional Hydra-
Matic. It was the first year for the split grille. A year before Pontiac debuted its Arrow Head Emblem replacing the venerable Indian Chief logo.
1984 HONDA V-65 MAGNA
20" x 30"
Cold Pressed Illustration Board
One of my first single-action, airbrushed renderings. I remember it well because I had not
yet determined that I should not start airbrushed paintings that are over four square feet
of fine detail masking in size! Scheesh!!! Took me forever to complete! I began this just
after one of my favorite college professors told me that you could not spray acrylics
through an airbrush very well. This whole rendering was produced with a limited color
palette (about 6 colors including black and white) and all pigments were Student Grade
(what a waste!)
If you want to see this bike run... check out the 30 second commercial below.
Engine: Shaft-driven, 748 cc DOHC 4-valve liquid cooled V-4 linked to a
Speedometer shows a 150 m.p.h. (240 km/h) limit.
Curved front disc brake grooves, dual piston calipers, and TRAC anti-drive.
Redline is 10,000 r.p.m. with hydraulically activated wet-plate clutch.
Compression is high, and the stroke is short.
I am making plans to scratch-build a bonna-fide 1916 Sopwith Triplane just like this one except with one more wing thingy on the top... keep watching for updates. This will be a rather large project.
This plan was drawn by: Byorn Karg?st?r??om or something or other in 1968. (Note to self: Always print name legibly on drawings.) But this was for a radio controled scale model and I want to work on a full-sized craft, so I will need much more detailed plans. I have located a set of original factory drawings and am making arrangements to get them. Since the Sopwith was built by the United Kingdom, I wont have to deal with another language. (Now you know why I didn't choose the German built Fokker Dr.1. I will also be using some poplar in the construction. I have yet to locate anyone with a poplar
tree that they are not
using any longer. If anyone
reading this just happens to
own a large poplar tree, say,
20" in diameter or larger and
about 10 feet long or longer,
and would like it removed;
please give me a call.
Because the yellow-green, tulip-shaped, upright
flowers are found high in the tree canopy, they are
often difficult to see. Look for yellow to cream flower
parts on the ground beneath the trees; then look up
to see the flowers.
Then call me to come and get it.
Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)(or Yellow Poplar) is the state tree of Tennessee and is a prominent member of the deciduous forest replacing shortleaf and Virginia pines.
Tulip Poplar is
recognized by its
tall straight trunks,
flowers, and its
1916 SOPWITH TRIPLANE