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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!