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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Celebrating Lucia the Swedish way

It is the 12th of December and we are getting closer to Christmas every day now. One Swedish tradition that is very big for us Swedes, is to celebrate Lucia on the 13th of December. [It is actually a tradition in all four Nordic countries Sweden, Norway, Denmark & Finland.] This has always been a big thing in my country and I absolutely love this tradition. And even now when I live abroad, I always tune in to the Swedish television on the web to watch the morning program on SVT.SE. Thankfully they broadcast this tv program for us living abroad as well. At 7 a.m. on Lucia morning the show is starting, but I usually watch it sometime during the day, and sometimes a few times.

And tomorrow the program will be broadcasted from one of the churches in my home town Göteborg [Gothenburg]. Lucia Celebration 2015 and guess who will be ready for it? Yes, you guessed right..that would be me. An early morning wake up, making a pot of fresh coffee and enjoying a plate of gingerbread cookies, lit some candles…that is Christmas for me. And it will only be eleven day’s til Christmas.

Here is a link where you can read more about Lucia in Sweden and how we celebrate it: https://sweden.se/culture-traditions/lucia/

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I thought this illustration would be good to share in this post, I have been inspired by the story about ‘The Tomten’ that I posted about a couple weeks ago. I now have this book in two variations, one Swedish [the original] and one in English [by Astrid Lindgren]. I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the children’s book author Astrid Lindgren [Swedish], she has written about Pippi Longstocking [Pippi Långstrump]. When I grew up I was reading a lot of books by her.

At the moment everything is about Christmas in this girl’s head, but I do not think that I am alone though. But for once I am all organised and have all the pressies sorted, only have the baking and preparation of the Swedish dishes to do, but won’t do that until next weekend. There’s still lot’s of time.

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The Christmas tree is up and all ‘dressed’ for this festive season. The house looks nice and cozy and we are so ready for the upcoming break. This Christmas I will have a break all during Christmas and New Year which I haven’t had in my nine years living in Ireland. So for me this will be awesome.

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Here is another illustration that I was working on last weekend. You might think that I am obsessed with Christmas, but it’s just that I love the time leading up to it, the preparations, decorations, delicious smells and flavours, Xmas scented candles, fireplace lit, christmas tree up…and there you have it…Christmas is coming!

Santa Lucia’s Day is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. It commemorates the life of Santa Lucia, who is also known as Saint Lucy. It’s the beginning of the Christmas season in those countries and is a celebration of light – at the time of year when the world is darker.

Sankta Lucia

(Swedish)

Natten går tunga fjät
rund gård och stuva;
kring jord, som sol förlät*,
skuggorna ruva.
Då i vårt mörka hus,
stiger med tända ljus,
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Natten går stor och stum
nu hörs dess vingar
i alla tysta rum
sus som av vingar.
Se, på vår tröskel står
vitklädd med ljus i hår
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Mörkret ska flykta snart
ur jordens dalar
så hon ett underbart
ord till oss talar.
Dagen ska åter ny
stiga ur rosig sky
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Santa Lucia

(English)

Night walks with a heavy step

Round yard and hearth,
As the sun departs from earth,
Shadows are brooding.
There in our dark house,
Walking with lit candles,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Night walks grand, yet silent,
Now hear its gentle wings,
In every room so hushed,
Whispering like wings.
Look, at our threshold stands,
White-clad with light in her hair,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Darkness shall take flight soon,
From earth’s valleys.
So she speaks
Wonderful words to us:
A new day will rise again
From the rosy sky…
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

I will leave this with you for now, enjoy your weekend and your preparations for the upcoming festive season. Hope you will have a joyful and relaxing time leading up to it! And to those of you that are missing somebody that cannot be with you at this special family season, I am sending out warm hugs! I know a few of my friends, and also myself that remembers loved ones that cannot be with us, but they will always be with us in our Hearts.

~Eva’s Chronicles~

How a new illustration comes to life…!

Let it snow

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally kiss good night
How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
But if you’ll really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still goodbying
But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Well, we haven’t seen any snow in this part of the world yet, but instead we’re having a big storm roaring bringing lot’s of rain and strong winds. And on days like this what is better than sitting indoors by the fire place (preferably) and reading a book, wrapped in a warm blanket to make you feel all snug and warm. Or, you can spend time with your favorite hobby, like I tend to do during most of my free time, well I might add that I tend to have the usual housework out of the way first before I can completely chill.

It’s the fifth of December already and I am feeling the Christmas spirit entering this house, slowly but surely. Tomorrow the Christmas decorations are going to be brought down from the attic [by my husband of course] we usually make a nice family event of decorating the tree and putting up all the snowmen, Santa’s and everything else that makes the house looks comfy and Christmassy again. Most of you have probably gathered that I am a big fan of Christmas, and it’s just that there are certain things you just do once a year. And to stick to those traditions is important, I think, it does not have to be so complicated but instead you can simplify a lot of things. And to make the house “ready” for Christmas is one of the important and big event in our house. I am quite curious though, how our newest family member will react having this big green thingy put up, and the humans hang all sorts of things in it?? But she [Dotty] has already gotten her Christmas jumper, she and her best buddy has gotten the same matching jumpers, they’re so cute.

In one of my previous posts, I posted a famous Swedish christmas poem “Tomten” by Viktor Rydberg. Well, I have got the book and here it is:

The illustrations are fantastic too, and they bring back memories to my own childhood, and the christmas’s that we had. Each picture in this book is beautifully done, and you get that warm and cosy feeling just by looking at them. This to me is Christmas, seeing those old pictures illustrating beautiful landscape covered in a layer of snow, birds sitting on the branches, foxes on the fields and every now and then you could see a deer or two. Growing up on the countryside had it’s advantages, you get to appreciate what you have nearby.

And I believe that my view of Christmas is shining through via my illustrations, I try to stick to the old and traditional, and every now and again there is a new little character popping up. So, last night when I sat down and drew up this illustration, I had the empty sheet of paper in front of me and was thinking – “what do I want to put down on this one?” I had a vague idea what i wanted to make of it, I wanted to have a fence in there and some trees, but the rest was not really clear. So I started to draw the fencing, and then I put the owl on one of the posts, and then the sleeping rabbit on the fence [thought that was a cute and funny thing], then the second rabbit was added sort of popping up. Then I thought I have to have a snowman in there for sure, so there he was.

I gave him something to hold on to, and that’s how the bird house got there, and on top I added my old blue bird that is present in some of my illustrations. I tend to use the same characters but in different settings. And for the sake of Christmas I added in the reindeer with the red nose [giggles] and for a change I added in the Santa riding on his sleigh with his reindeer’s. It’s the first time I have created something like that, was a bit tricky with the reindeer’s sort of running in the air.

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What to do next? Well, it usually comes to me, my pencils usually don’t lay there untouched for too long. However, I prefer to be in the right mood if I should illustrate and draw. Sometimes I can get a notion from seeing or hearing something and ca-ching!! there the image is in my head. That is usually how i get the inspiration for my illustrations. Then I usually think about it for maybe one or two days, before I sit down at the drawing board and start working away. At other occasions I get this image and simply have to sit down straight away, it’s like there is an urge to create at that particular moment.

And today I will end with this quote:

“A lot of people forget how important it is to be creative. We get caught up in getting ahead and in day-to-day minutiae. But creativity is a fundamental mode of expression, as is being tenacious and standing by your own convictions and passions, even if it’s not the ‘popular’ choice.”

Tabatha Coffey 

 

 

 

 

Children’s book project…

During the past six months or so I have been working on a children’s book project, where I am the illustrator of the images. This project has nearly reached the end where my job is done. And, I have been careful not posting any whole images, and still cannot do so but I just wanted to give you a little sneak peak to what I have been up to.Collage These are only a few of the illustrations. I am working with the author of this book, Anna Slyter-McCune, very closely. And it has been a very interesting journey I have to say.

It is not the easiest thing to come up with the images, without having some sort of guidelines from the author. I need to know what she wants, and how she wants it – that’s where the illustration brief comes in handy.

Since I have been working with this project along side my normal day to day job, it has taken a bit longer, basically only having the weekends available as my art time.

I have to say that I love teddy bears, so this project has been really enjoyable.

What will I do next? Well, the inspiration is always there and I am working on a few things outside this project. I did manage to finish the boat picture I was working on and you can see it here. If you would be interested to have a print of this image you can easily get it here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/beautiful-harbour-eva-ason.html

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Here is another picture I have been working on for the coming winter and holiday season’s. This is an owl dressed up with his warm scarf and hat.

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/winter-is-coming-eva-ason.html

Hope you have enjoyed seeing my recent works, I am hoping to have more updates at a later stage. Enjoy your weekend everyone and stay tuned.

Stop and Smell the Roses!

Stop and smell the roses

This illustration came to life earlier today, I kind of found myself being in an inspirational mood. I think that in these times, we often get caught up in all the have too’s that we are facing on a daily basis. At least I do. And sometimes we get to a point where we wonder what we are doing and where we are going.

Does it sound familiar? Bet it does to most of you.

It is important to sometimes just simply STOP and SMELL the ROSES!

This illustration is available as prints and for a limited time I am running a little promotion were I am offering 90% on all prints. Please, click the following link: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/smell-the-roses-eva-ason.html and use this discount CODE: NHVTGF


If you would like to see more of my art you can visit my website: http://www.evaasonsart.com I am updating it frequently so make sure to stop by often.

I have added a few new sections lately, and one of them is  about personalised art: http://www.evaasonsart.com/415102006 here you can for example request a personalised illustration for your child, grandchild or perhaps for yourself. You will see a sample of what I have done for my little grandson’s first birthday. If you would like to have more information and details please email me at info@evaasonsart.com


I am also running a promotion selling my original art pieces at https://www.artfinder.com/artist/eva-ason/sale/ giving 50% off the original price. The sale ends May 19 so hurry stopping by to see if there is anything of interest to you. The theme for my promotion this time is Boats and Nautical!

Hope you are having a very relaxing Sunday?! I will be back next week with more updates.

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Happy New Year 2015!!

What way is better to start off a new year, than starting with something new?! For Christmas my family gave me a complete set of oil paints, with everything I need to get started, so there is no reason to hold it off any longer. I have been wanting to venture a new media for some time. I have been using water colours and acrylics for some time now and they are fairly easy to use. And now I am going to face new challenges with my art, and I think that oil will work nicely especially for my boats and sea pictures.

And to summarise 2014 you will find a selection of my illustrations and paintings here below. It has pretty much been a various mix, and some are funny and I have been working freely without using any reference picture and then you have the cars that are close to my heart. Where I work a lot with details, I just love working with the chrome details in lets say a Chevy from the late 50’s. They DO have character which the cars of today doesn’t. They are all streamlined almost in the same way but the classic cars are so beautiful!

I will continue doing my funny illustrations this year, but I will take my skills up a notch. When I look back to when I really got into my art in 2011, I was creating a lot of illustrations while now, I spend more time with each picture.

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As you can see from the selections above, the boats and cars are dominating my portfolio but I got into a snowman ‘madness’ over the month of December due to the festive season coming up. Why snowmen? You might wonder, and in fact I simply love them in all forms and shapes and it is so much fun creating your own characters. And even as simple as the illustration below which was the last one I finished in 2014. I have been using watercolours in this one, and it’s one of those spontaneous illustrations that just popped up in my mind and I got to work on it. It was finished fairly quick.

Sometimes when I am in the midst of working on a larger painting that will take me some time to finish, I love to take a break in between to create those smaller funny illustrations. I suppose it keeps my artistic and creative mind in alert mode, that way I rarely get stuck. Well, in fairness everybody get stuck every now and again, but 2014 has been a great year in all areas of my life. And I am having the same exited feeling for 2015.

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Well, this was a little summary of my work during 2014 – now I am looking forward to a new year and to start out with some new work. Stay tuned and I will be back at least once per week with updates.

Have a fantastic New Year 2015 everyone!!

Upcoming Exhibition and more art updates…

Hope you’re all having a nice and relaxing weekend, and for all my American readers hope that you’ve had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. Last week I had the opportunity to go visit our HQ in Exton, PA for a week – and it was a very busy but interesting week. It’s always nice to meet people in person, that you are working with on a daily basis via e-mail, phone or iChat.

We did have some free time in the evenings and we visited a few places, one place was a shopping mall called King of Prussia, and I tell you it was huge. Even though we only visited a small part of it, I enjoyed what I saw.

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This was one of the decorations that had put in the middle of it, with a big carousel and a huge Christmas tree on top of it. The children could go here and take their picture with Santa. He was around there 🙂

I arrived back home last Saturday and it took a few days to get back to normal from the jet lag and all. But now I am back in to things again. And this week has been filled with work (seemingly) but I also have some cool things coming up. I have an Exhibition coming up from 12th of December until 20th, and I am very exited about that.

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Enniskerry is very close to where I live, so this exhibition will be more local for me. I have a few pieces ready to go.

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This is my latest addition to my ‘ongoing’ classic car collection. This is a part of a Cadillac, and I really enjoyed working on it, I particularly like the ‘wing’ at the rear. This is an acrylic illustration – 16 x 8 inches. This illustration is available to get as prints at http://fineartamerica.com/featured/cadillac-eva-ason.html and at the moment I am having 75% on all prints for a limited time – you can use discount code: TJHGVH

Well we are getting closer to Christmas as the day passes, and it’s 1st of Advent already tomorrow. At the moment I am working on another snowmen illustration, am still in the Christmas mood 🙂 But I am going to show that to you in my post next week.

Here below are some pictures I took while walking in our beautiful woodlands of Wicklow.

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How it all started…

I have been drawing most of my life, and as a little girl I was using every piece of paper that I could find. And during my first school years drawing was my favourite subject. But my real skills wouldn’t pick up until much later in my life. During 1995 – 2000 I was working in the graphic business at a small printing company, where I learnt how to create layouts and various types of graphic settings. This company was specialised in selling customised Christmas cards to companies. And we were working with live artists that provided us with the original artwork in various types.

This is my first real encounter with art and graphic design, when my passion for it sort of awakened. I was learning how to operate and use the Mac computer as a designing tool. And the software used was at the time QuarkXpress for general layouts of our catalogues and such. And I also tapped in to Adobe creative suit, mainly illustrator and Photoshop.
My mentor at this company had a long experience as a typographer and he taught me from scratch all the rules about layout. So I learned graphic design by actually working with it on a daily basis, and I loved it.

It was not until after I left this company that I started to take up my drawing again, but this time I started to add colouring by using watercolour pencils. Gradually I expanded and went over to use watercolour.

Some of you might wonder why cars? Well, in 2012 I started up by doing a set of six car illustrations as a tribute to my Dad that died in a car accident several years ago. And he was a truck driver, hence the cars. But I never thought my art would take such turn for me, and I discovered how fun it actually was to create those illustrations.

It has taken a lot of time and effort to refine my skills, since I don’t have any schooling of art. I have basically taught myself over the years, and of course as an artist you need to learn the basics. And I have found very helpful tutorials on YouTube, and been practicing what I have learnt from them. There are no short cuts really, but if you have the skill to draw it helps, but you really need to sit down and practice. And practice makes perfect…someone said.

And today I am having my art as a hobby, which is gradually growing. And to me having a pretty hectic work, and when I’m off I spend much time doing my illustrations. It’s extremely relaxing almost therapeutic. And at this time of year, having Christmas coming up I am inspired by it. And have been creating my Christmas collection of various pictures, I love to illustrate snowmen.

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You can have a look at my portfolio on my website

I wish you all a great week ahead!

It’s the best time of the year

This week has been pretty hectic due to my normal job. But I still have some updates on what I have been working on. Last week I was spending a few days to work up some new pictures for my holiday collection.
It’s a mix of a lot of different things, but I must say that I do love creating snowmen.

Here’s a few illustrations that I did:

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I have new projects in the pipeline but this weekend I am taking a rest from my art and just relaxing. Got a few new books for the weekend, so I’m sitting all wrapped up in the couch in front of the fire place reading.

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New books from two Irish writers 🙂

Enjoy your weekend all and stay warm and safe!!

Decided to go fishing…!!

Well, not really gone fishing, but have been working on a new picture of a few fishing boats. It has been a fun week here in the Studio, have been doing a little bit of everything.

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In the beginning of the week, I sketched these funny illustrations of a few animals.

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Mouse and Mushrooms

Night Owls

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Squirrel

Squirrel

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I have been making a little progress with my large boat painting, I have added colour to the little shed on the hill and also some more colours on the first boat. There is a lot to do on this one, so I am moving slow on it.  And in the meantime I am working on some smaller pieces. Here below is a new christmas illustration I completed yesterday, the Advents Calendar.

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And here it is finished. This illustration is available as prints and cards, and you can buy them here!

Yesterday I sketched up a new boat painting, and as reference I have used a picture I took while in Gothenburg earlier this year.

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And here is the finished image – if you would like to buy framed prints or just prints of it – you can visit my shoes at the following links:  Redbubble  and FineArtAmerica

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Tomorrow I will start a new project but I will post about that next week. So until then, have a great week all!!