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.
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.
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.
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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What can I say? I really like, liked, the old Cartoons magazine. And so from time to time I’ll toss out a little scribble of a hot rod or two.
…pencil on paper…
Here’s another low poly model. I made this as a form of tutorial for my son. I was showing him somethings in 3D Studio Max and he wanted to make a tank and this is the result of that session. It more reminded me of a vehicle that you might find in MotorStorm or similar styled racing games.
All materials were made in Photoshop except the concrete and it’s bump map. The sky is a post render edit done in Photoshop.
I had fun creating the “Croc-Bot”. I originally created this to star in a short animation, mainly for the practice. I like working in 3D but I am far from being a master at it. So I thought that creating a robot, or at least something mechanical, would be easier to bone / rig because there aren’t any muscles to flex, clothes to bend and wrinkle, and you don’t have to think about skin envelopes. I never got around to animating it… but I did finish rigging it.
The lighting and environment is still very simple, and I didn’t do any post render editing either so I know it is missing a bit of an atmosphere. I had always like the “Flying Tigers“, the P-40 paintings of the mouth on the plane and wanted to incorporate a similar painting on the Croc-Bot without copying the original design of the Flying Tigers. Plus, let’s face it, the mouth gives this machine a bit of a personality.
Most of the materials are from 3DS Max’s “arch+design mental ray” materials like paint and chrome. The decals I made in Photoshop. The environment materials are tiled materials. I believe the concrete is a default material and the wall tiles came from Dawid Michalczyk’ site.
Here’s my attempt at a steampunk like airship. I had fun creating this and it finally inspired me to create my website. The sketches of the actual airship and the man standing on the deck were, at one time, pieces incorporated into my site’s header image.
The main subjects of this painting were first sketch on paper in pencil and then painted digitally in Photoshop using a mouse. This was prior to having purchased my first drawing tablet, Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch. I am considering to revisit this painting in a more serious fashion and give it a bit more of an eerie feeling.