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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, this is my Happy Halloween painting… a day late!
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.
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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As I stated in my previous CARtoon of an 1979 Toyota HiLux pickup truck, I have rediscovered my fascination in drawing cartoons of cars, or CARtoons. I have always enjoyed George Trossley’s artworks in CARtoons magazine and I have come to the conclusion that I should do more of my own CARtoons. For now I am simply doing caricaturized portraits of cars and trucks, maybe some planes and helicopters and such later as well, but I intend to do some strips later. If the stories come to me!
Anyway, here is my latest, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Maybe THE classic American muscle car? It is not 100% accurate. It is missing the chrome tips on the fins and hood inlays, along with the chromed “Chevrolet” text above the “V” emblem on the hood, not to mention there isn’t a door handle or lock!
It was painted in MyPaint and Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos 5 graphic tablet… well, everything except the clouds… I got a bit lazy… forgive me…
When I was younger, 14 to 24, I used to work on cars quite a bit. A friend and I almost always had a project, rebuilding an engine or simply some modification that needed to be done. Therefore, cars were a large part of my life and I did a lot of drawing cars, trucks, etc. During that time I used to love looking through and reading George Trosley’s CARtoons magazine. So, naturally I was also drawing my own CARtoons.
However, there came a time when cars, didn’t play such a roll in my life and I, as a result, stopped drawing CARtoons. Well, I have recently rediscovered my love for illustrating these caricatured automobiles and pushed out this illustration of a 1979 Toyota HiLux 4X4 pickup truck. Or as I called it, “HighLux”.
I just started sketching it and couldn’t stop. It was very fun so I will probably do more CARtooning in the future! So, look forward to it!
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Here’s my latest “Bad” illustration! This is “Bad to the Bone” another addition to my “Bad” series of children (so far just girls) in cooperation with a monster like being. My working title, all of about 1 hour, was “Just Bad”. Well, obviously that didn’t stick. It was only my working title until I figured out what monster would be behind the little girl. This was drawn and painted in MyPaint and Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos 5 graphic tablet.
Well, I guess it is about time for me to have another “thought“… This thought was actually provoked by a Facebook friend that asked “Avengers or X-men, which is your favorite team?” on his timeline.
My reply was, “Well, don’t get me wrong… I have a personal like for Thor… I even have used the username Thornore before (say that three times really fast!) … and I like Ironman and Captain America… but I’m going to have to go with the X-men… I like the X-men because of the parallels with real life and kids coming into adolescence. When the body is going through changes and how they can feel alienated and alone. But that it is precisely those changes and differences that make them special and that they should embrace those differences instead of trying to “fit in”. And when they do that, and learn to control and use their “special power” they will become almost unbeatable!”
Needless to say the talk quickly became more playful and there was the underlying “my dad can beat up your dad” tone which of course was all in good fun. However, the talk developed more and there was the explanation that the Avengers appear to be more professional. That they are decisive and confident and therefore appealing… or would “kick butt“! To this I tried to explain that in the X-Men stories there isn’t the whole Good vs. Evil that there is in the Avengers and therefore there is more confusion and uncertainty.
This explanation wasn’t readily accepted and Magneto was accused of being the “bad” guy. Along with the philosophy that actions speak louder than words… if someone does bad things they must be bad and that the “road to hell is paved with good intentions“. The discussion seemed to be tolerated and not completely welcome because it appeared to become more serious when I brought up religious leaders. So, essentially I left it alone after that… but it has been circling the drain in my head ever since. So! I will flush it out here!
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