There is nothing quite like driving a Subaru Impreza WRC to make you come alive.
Luckily for me, as a motoring artist, I enjoy driving these beautiful cars – prepared by Rally School ireland, just as much as I enjoy drawing and painting them. This illustration has been executed in Artists’ Water-colours on Canson 300gsm paper, size A 3 format. It has also been treated with a special glaze to prevent fading. These Japanese cars have a very impressive history of wins in the rally world and have a shed-load of championship titles to add to their name.
I like to use my camera(s) to record events that I am involved in. At my leisure, later on, I can download the photographs and make a drawing or painting of the particular project. Here, I am enjoying a drive in a Peugeot WRX – courtesy of the popular Conduire @ Loheac.fr in Brittany. Luckily for me, the weather was good – which added to my enjoyment.
I mentioned cameras as I use a combination of a Fuji Finepix, a mobile phone camera and a Go Pro to record whatever I want. And |I take lots of photographs too, as even minute differences in positioning, light and so forth, can make huge changes to what I actually require as an artwork.
Because I work directly onto paper/canvas, I need a good quality reproduction, i.e. photo so that my artwork can be reasonably accurate. And although I can make a lot of adjustments via the computor to any photograph, if it is not clear, or too dark, or too bright, the artwork will suffer! My cameras are not new, nor particularly expensive and I know their foibles…..as well as my own limitations as a photographer………
Artwork generally proceeds with a pencil sketch and then the “bones” of the work have to be filled in, bit by bit. This is a view of one such artwork. Now in a Private Collection.
Watercolour on paper featuring the ionic Toyota MR 2 in a village in SW. France. Now in a Private Collection.
Subaru Impreza WRC. Not exactly for road use – but fantastic on the circuit and on gravel… Watercolour on paper size A4. In a Private Collection.
A legend during and after his lifetime. The late Joey Dunlop, “King of the Road” road racing genius from the Northe of Ireland – inspiring, generous and respected throughout the entire motorsport world. Watercolour on paper A4. This artwork is now in a Private Collection.
Smooth as silk to drive – but has a little and delightful “sting” in the tail….This watercolour on paper size A4 of the Toyota GT86 is now in a Private Collection.
A seriously pleasant motorbike, ideal for both touring and town use. The Honda Deauville 650cc gave its’ owners great enjoyment and was a very reliable form of motoring. This artwork is now in a Private Collection.
This beautifully restored car was actually driven from Edinborough, Scotland to Le Mans..where we met up with this interesting duo! It is a replica Riley sportscar and the work has been executed in Artists’ Watercolours on paper, size A4.
The Artist’s tribute to a truly unique F1 Driver – never matched.