Illustrating classic cars

I’m going to tell you a little story, how I come about illustrating classic cars. It all started in early 2012, I think it was, and I got this idea that I wanted to illustrate classic cars. Why classic cars? Well, you see, I have always loved the simplicity of them and all the details in the chrome work. Each car has it’s own character for sure, and there are so many models out there. Take Chevrolet for example, an American car, there are so many different models from the 50’s and 60’s and they are simply gorgeous. You have the Chevy Bel Air, Chevy Impala etc etc. This is not the only reason to why I started to illustrate classic cars. My Dad, was a truck driver and as a tribute to him I started out doing six smaller illustrations. So, said and done…this is how it all started. And since then I have created quite a selection of cars. And, I am going to show you one that I created a few years ago now, a Cadillac.

Here I started to experiment using mixed mediums. Normally I use watercolour for my illustrations, it is an excellent medium to use when working with lot’s of details, it works for me anyway. But in this illustration I started to use acrylics as well as watercolour. It is a nice combination. I like the watercolour for it’s variety of nuances in the colours by applying more or less water when painting.

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Once I have sketched up the car, I fill the lines with thin ink, being very light on the hand. And, depending on the size of the illustration it may take some time to finish this, to cover all the details etc.

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When the inking is done, I start to work on the darker areas/parts and in the above I have started with the darker parts of the chrome grille. This grille looks very simple, and sometimes simple is good, not to much clutter, just plain and simple chromework.

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Here I have come a little further in the illustration, and started to add the red acrylics for the rest of the car. And here I had to sort or start to layering up the illustration by going back adding layer after layer to get the complete finish in the end. This illustration took me a few days to complete in total, at times I work on one illustration from start to finish and it’ll take me up to six hours or so, depending on the size and details.

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So, here is the finished illustration with all the details added on the windshield, on the front and the shading under the car. This particular original illustration is still up for grabs, should you be interested just send me an email to: evaasonart@gmail.com for pricing and shipping details.

I do not only create classic car illustration, but this has become one of my trademarks. Here below are a few in my current collection.

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I have given me a goal for 2018 to at least create one or two new illustrations of classic cars, we shall see if I get there. Once the idea gets in to my head, I sit down and get to it…!

I will keep you all posted on my progress!

 

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November is here!

It’s November and looking back at the year it has been a very interesting one. I have had to put my art to the side due to excessive MR training, but it has been an interesting year and learnt many new skills. And it is nice when you have found your place and do something that is very satisfying.

But, having said that I have been able to take out my illustration kit from time to time. In the pictures below, I have been inspired by the Scandinavian folklore a little bit. The Gnome was going around from farm to farm and helping the people with their animals, looking after them, the children were putting out food for the Gnome.

My goal for this month is to illustrate our family christmas card for this year. That is a tradition I started a couple of years ago.

This was the card from last year, I tend to work with lot’s of details and this illustration took me a good while to complete. And then I usually custom make it for the printing.  This year I want to make something different, am still working on it in my head and know that by time, I will have some good ideas to work on.

You can have a look at some of my art here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-eva-ason.html

So, stay tuned… and see you soon!

Vintage cars and more

We have already reached the middle of August, the evenings are getting slightly shorter and the children will soon return back to school. The summer always go by way too fast in my opinion. But, I do like the Autumn very much, as I mentioned in my previous post. It’s time to get cosy indoors, well for some at least. I’ll spend more time outdoors than indoors at times, even if the weather is not so pleasant. It does not really bother me too much, as long as you use proper clothes and protection.

I am here sharing a little video I created recently showing some of my favourite artwork. And some of these originals has actually been sold to various corners of the World, which makes it worth the while.

Whenever I have a spare moment I bring out my pens and brushes just to make some doodles. And here is one of my latest snowmen which I have chosen not to colour, the details won’t be the same if I do I think.

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Sometimes what I enjoy most, is to just let my imagination paint it’s own picture on the paper. There are no rules or etiquette, just let it flow.

‘To be an artist is to believe in Life’   Henry Moore

Different techniques

I am progressing with the course but I am not rushing too fast I am taking time practicing. And of course my normal day job takes up a lot of time during the week. I am working mostly using the ink pens and am also trying different techniques,such as charcoal it’s really nice to work with. 


This is the illustration for the day, it took me several hours and a lot of patient to create it but it was so much worth it and really fun too. 


This is the same eye as I have created using graphite pencils but here I have used charcoal, it was abit tricky but not so bad when you get the hang of it. 

It’s a new week ahead and you never know what lurks behind the bend, that’s what makes life interesting. Or as forest gump said; life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you gonna get. I sort of like that expression. Why complicate things and plan life to the minute, when you can just take it for what it is and simplify it. 


As long as I get my coffee every day I am in heaven he he

Illustrating has never been more fun!

Hello again,

I am now a few weeks into the course and I have to say that it is so much fun. Don’t think I have spent so much drawing in a very long time. There is a lot of practice involved but that’s how to do it, and I better practice controlling those lines.

To become an illustrator you need to invest a lot of hours practicing with your pens, I simply love getting lost in what I do with the pens, and I really love working in the old fashioned way however, I will eventually get into the digital way of drawing as well and get one of those pads you can draw on which you connect to your computer. I am exited about that actually.

Here you see a selection of different drawings that I have been working on this week, and the purpose has been to control the lines with the ink pen, except for the eye drawing, here I have simply been practicing on getting the details right.

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I still have a few sections to go through before it’s time for the first assignment, so I’d better mosy on as they say. I will be back again with more updates on the progress.

 

 

To illustrate is FUN!

This week has been interesting since I started the new course, it also meant I had to go back to the basics in drawing, but there are never any shortcuts and it is fun going back to start working on perspectives and details.

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Here I have been working on some expressions and I am working on some animals, just to practice.

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Here are some funny cats, by drawing these I am venturing into a new path sort of, since I haven’t done that many animals previously, except for my mice of course.

Well, some say that practice makes perfect, here is just some doodles I made of some pieces. At the moment I haven’t any big project going on, so have plenty of time to practice with the pens and using different techniques.

 

Illustrating Children’s Books

Hello again!

Hope that you’re all are enjoying the summer, unfortunately here in Ireland we have had a little set back in the weather, but that is Ireland for you. The weather is ever changing and you gotta enjoy the good weather when it arrives.

Anyway, nuff said, I have finally started to venture down a path I have been wanting to do for a long time now, and signed up for a course in Illustrating Children’s Books. I am now studying with London Art College and I received my study material yesterday, it was waiting for me when I got home from work. I am so exited.

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To start a course like this means you need to go back to the basics a little bit, working with lines, but it’s always good to do a refresher. And I must say that I really enjoy it, I love to sit and do the warm-up drawings, to sort of loosen up your pen strokes a bit. To work with ink pencils are fantastic.

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This is a sample of my exercise for today, here I have worked with lines, shapes and shades. While I was working away on this set, I just drew what was coming to my mind.

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I have had these books for a while now, and they will come in handy during this course. I will have up to two years to complete the whole course, and my tutor is Maggy Roberts an illustrator with over 30 years experience as an art tutor. So you can imagine that I feel honoured to partake in this course.

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This is another exercise I’ve been doing, learning to draw cartoon characters. This is really fun, and I can feel my artistic mojo coming back again.

Eva

English Classic Car – WIP

I hadn’t planned on doing any new post this week, but as it happened I started to work on this new illustration of this beautiful classic car. I have actually painted it before, but it was a part of another illustration where I had put together several classic cars, all English. And I have posted that illustration here below.

Now I am making this car in a much larger scale, this is one of the cars I really love. It looks very simple, but I think that is what is making it so beautiful. There is a lot of details that is sort of sticking out more if you make it larger.

In this illustration I am using Daler Rowney’s paper 20 x 16 inches, and in this image I have just finished the outlining with the ink.

If you’d like to see more of my work, press on the link below and it will take you to my website:

http://www.evaasonsart.com/414669728

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I have not been doing any new work in a while, life has sort of kept me busy with other things. But having some time off work every now and again is good, and it’s an opportunity to reflect on what is important in life, well work of course is important but one should not let it RUN your life. There is a lot more to it than that, your job is of course bringing money and put foods on the table and a roof over your head, but it is just a fraction of what Life really is. We should live it to the fullest and piece in those little things that we enjoy doing in between all the stress and demands, that for some, our work is putting us under.

Well, I couldn’t write this post without adding a little wee bit of wisdom in there 🙂