1981 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

81 Trans Am

Hey there folks! I just finished a commissioned piece of a 1981 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. A wonderful fellow from Strongsville, Ohio wanted a cartoon of his car and him, in an environment that suggested it is his home town, to hang in his office. He provided me with some wonderful reference images and it all came together rather nicely… I think.

Anyway, as per usual, it is a digital piece, created in Photoshop using an Intuos 5 graphic tablet.

1981 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am


59 Pink Cadillac Featured

59 Pink Cadillac

Almost a year since my last post. I can’t really believe it… but that is what it says…

I actually have some other artworks completed that I just never got around to sharing. I will at some point, I promise.

So! Keeping in theme with the American classics we cannot forget about the infamous pink Cadillac! This particular Pink Cadillac is a 1959 Cadillac. It is not so much one of those with which I have a real personal connection; it is just one that cannot be left out of the line up.

Also some of you might have noticed, but for those of you that didn’t, I would like to introduce Mattilda Honibodum! Or, Matty, for short.

And, as with most of my other CARtoons, you can find a wallpaper of it in the Downloads section of my site.

 


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Billy Idol

Wow! It has been a while since something new came out of me, hasn’t it? Well, here it is, my latest caricature. Billy Idol is currently the next challenge in a facebook caricature group (Caricaturama Showdown 3000!) and I couldn’t pass it up. One reason is because Billy Idol has a nice bit of character and is a fairly unique individual, because I like his music and because he would fit nicely in my “Monsters of Rock” series.

I have also decided that my Caricature series will no longer be limited to 3 subjects. Mainly because I have 3 already for my “Monsters of Rock” series (although all three have not been completed =0P ) and yet Billy Idol still belongs. So, it could be interesting to see what happens without the self imposed limitation!?

The caricature was created in MyPaint using a Wacom Intuos 5 graphic tablet and branded in Photoshop.

Billy Idol by Ryan Nore


Someone

…I used to be someone…

by Ryan Nore

I used to be someone!
Someone that had it all!
Nothing couldn’t be done!
Everything made sense as I recall.
Life had meaning and so did I.
Everyday was a blessing,
and the future was bright…
… but now something is missing…
… I used to be someone…

There seemed to have been a bit of confusion as to what exactly the author, me, was saying in this poem… I think the easiest way to explain would be to draw from a movie that most of us have seen… “Jerry Maguire” where he tells the love of his life that she completes him… If you lose the person you thought was your soulmate… that person that “completes” you… then you might not feel whole… but only a part of someone… an incomplete someone… a bit confused and in a state where nothing really seems quite right. Anyway, I thought I would clarify just in case… I know it never mentions losing their soulmate…just that something is missing… and that is probably why it is so easy to misinterpret…


Life's Hurdles

Hurdles

Recently my life has thrown me a few hurdles to overcome. Life does that on occasion to everyone. Some hurdles are a bit taller than others, but still just a hurdle nonetheless. My approach is always to jump the hurdle and get it out of the way… deal with it. You know? Even if my “jumping the hurdle” isn’t always of a gazelle like quality.

But I get advice, here and there, about how I should try and bury myself in something else… to keep my mind occupied so that I simply move away from the hurdle and continue my life in another direction rather than taking my lumps, scratches and bruises to get over the hurdle and continue my journey in the direction I had originally started out. I generally don’t say much in contradiction because I know they are just trying to help. But it always confuses me a bit. It has always been my experience that if you avoid a hurdle you can’t finish the race… eventually you will have to jump the hurdle. I think it is easier when you know why that hurdle is there in the first place…


Free Downloads Featured

Free CARtoons Wallpapers

Well, here’s my next installment of “FREE Stuff!” and it is my latest CARtoons illustrations as desktop wallpapers. I only offer two sizes; the most common, and largest, in both 16:9 and 4:3 monitor aspect ratios.

1934 Ford Coupe desktop Wallpaper by Ryan Nore 1957 Chevy Bel Air desktop Wallpaper by Ryan Nore 1979 Toyota Hi-Lux 4X4 desktop Wallpaper by Ryan Nore
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1959 Pink Cadillac desktop Wallpaper by Ryan Nore
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Free CARtoons Facebook Cover Image

That’s right boys and girls!! You can download a Krass & Bernie CARtoons Magazine cover image for your Facebook profile or fan page. It is possibly the most remembered title image of the Krass and Bernie comic with a few tweaks and modifications. I have colored it… the main difference… and expanded its dimensions to be that of a Facebook cover image. I removed the “Krass and Bernie” title text and put the CARtoons logo instead along with a Facebook logo in the corner. Just click on the thumbnail below to download the image.


1934 Ford Coupe Featured

34 Ford Coupe

I’m doing my best to stay in theme with the previous CARtoons posts and elaborating on the classic American muscle cars. Don’t get concerned, I will eventually move on to sport cars and other countries’ contributions to the automotive racing industry. At the moment I have been illustrating the cars, and trucks, that I have had personal dealings with… in one way or another. The ’79 Toyota pickup was because I owned one; the ’57 Chevy because it’s simply a classic, and this ’34 Ford is similar to one my Dad built. I wanted to add a photo of it but… I couldn’t find it… and so it goes.

=0P

Anyway, here’s my 1934 Ford Coupe, seen in one of its more natural surroundings of a drive in restaurant complete with neon lights. I did this completely in Photoshop, from sketch to signature, using a Wacom Intuos 5 graphic tablet.


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Happy Halloween 2012

Well, this is my Happy Halloween painting… a day late!
=0P

Inspired by Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Halloween special. When I was a kid I looked forward to watching that cartoon every year. It was one of my favorites!

Anyway, I wanted to record the painting process but I had some problems during the process and didn’t feel like starting over. I did manage to record the sketch. It is on YouTube. The sketch and painting were done in MyPaint using a Wacom Intuos 5.


Krass & Bernie Featured

Cartoons magazine

The last couple of posts I made were of CARtooons ( ’79 Toyota & ’57 Chevy ) where I made reference to the CARtoons magazine and George Trosley. So, I started thinking maybe I should get into it and (in my best southern accent) “let them young’uns know whut’s whut“. I won’t go into the technical aspects of CARtoons magazine as you can find plenty of info in that regard from the external links I provided above. Instead I will tell you more about what it was for me. So this is more a rediscovery than a discovery.

For me, CARtoons magazine was the ultimate world of imagination. I got into the magazine, stories and artwork in the 80’s. Being that I just got a driver’s license and my own car (a 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme… lovingly referred to as the Tank) and I loved to draw. It was magic. Seeing the things people, or Krass & Bernie, would do to cars, trucks, vans (or whatever they got their hands on) provoked me to get into the workings “under the hood“. It was a whole new world of creation and exploration. The amount of knowledge and understanding of mechanical devices I gained during that part of my life is / was priceless… in my opinion.

Anyway, since I recently got back into drawing my own CARtoons I became a bit nostalgic and collected some magazine covers to share with you all (plus this super cool FREE Facebook cover image!). As with most people that used to read CARtoons magazine… I wish I still had my old issues.

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