This is an ink (Staedler fine-line pen) sketch on Canson 300gsm paper – a commissioned Greeting Card, featuring one of THE marques of the French motor racing industry – Talbot Lago. This particular 1950’s car is a T 25 GS model and was raced successfully at Le Mans – winning in fact, in the early 50’s, by the Rosier Father and Son team. With it’s large engine capacity, lack of powered steering and treaded tyres, it must have been quite some handful to drive on the demanding Le Mans circuit. Thanks to Bill Kinchella for the background material on this wonderful, alas now gone, marque.Commissions accepted. Please e-mail me at:- firstname.lastname@example.org for further info.
I’d like to introduce you to the next generation of the famous and ever popular Renault Alpine A110 – the all new Renault Alpine GT4. This car is part of the French Mirage Racing Team and is raced with great success by Benoit Lison and Vincent Beltoise.
The car somewhat looks like the original, but that is where the resemblance ends. It is chunkier and has a totally different body and engineering composition and it is very, very fast.
This is probably NOT what you expect an artist to look like, but…..
I love motorbikes, karting and driving very fast cars and am very lucky that I can combine my passion for these pursuits with my passion for drawing and painting these types of machinery.
For me, being able to access (and drive) racing and rally, etc., cars has built up a real understanding of these machines, which I can bring to my paintings and illustration. It is true that I literally cut my teeth on cars and motorbikes thanks to my late father. This early experience actually furthered my interest in all things mechanical – making my life, to-day, a really interesting and exciting one.
Soon, I shall post up details of my forthcoming motoring artwork exhibition in Rennes.
I hope you enjoy my motoring artwork and welcome any enquiries. Thank you.
As an Artist and driver, the Ferrari F 40 epitomises style that does not age! It is an extraordinary concept, big, bold and theatrical both in design and performance………….
I have executed this motoring artwork in Artist’s Oils on primed, box-framed canvas, size 40cm x 50cm. This work is original, signed and is available. The proceeds will go to Medecins Sans Frontieres. This painting is on display in my Art Studio.
I love motorbikes – and always have. Futhermore, I loved my own bikes, rode them as fast as I dared, fell off, dusted myself off and immediately got back on again. I suspect though, that a detailed x ray would show up some interesting cracks in my skeleton………..
This particular motoring artwork features the French Superbike Champion, Johann Zarco on the 2019 KTM. This work has been executed in ink and pencil on A3 size paper. For added effect, touches of red have been added to emphasise the work. This is an original, signed artwork and will be exhibited (framed and mounted, under glass) at a motorsport venue in Rennes – of which, more anon.
Every Artist knows that particular feeling that sometimes, you HAVE to PAINT an item you have just seen! It could be something that is in keeping with your style as an Artist or it may not, but paint it….you must. And this is exactly what happened to me when I first encountered this beautiful machine. You might ask why the rear view? I’ll tell you -the front of this Porsche, although beautifully styled as are most Porsches, didn’t have (to me) the “kerb” appeal of the rear! The drama of those huge wheel arches, housing these amazingly wide tyres and the spoiler under the elegant rear window, make this truly an iconic machine – bred for racing!
This work has been executed on primed, box-framed canvas, size 40cm x 50cm. It is an original, signed artwork and will be for sale shortly in a venue in Rennes: more anon. The profits from the sale of this and other motoring artworks at this exhibition are for Medecins Sans Frontieres. I hope you enjoy this work.
As an Art Tutor and also as a working artist, I realize that one of the problems faced by most artists is their propensity to keep on working at a drawing or a painting, often for hours on end, without a break. This can and often leads to disaster as the artist has failed to take a break and stand back from their work to assess how the artwork is coming along and, to see if they have failed to spot an error.
This latter point particularly applies to technical aspects of the work, when a line (or two…..) when viewed consistently at close proximity, appears to be o.k., but when seen from a distance of a couple of metres away, shows up immediately as something that needs to be rectified, before the artists proceeds any further. Remember, the viewing public will see your work in a Gallery, or Exhibition, etc., from a standing viewpoint and they will be some distance away from the work too. And, some of them can be very (vocally) unforgiving if they spot a mistake you have made.
My advice is to take a viewing break every 15 to 20 minutes. Not only will this give you a fresh viewpoint of your work, but it will also help you from becoming overtired. It actually takes practice and discipline to develop the habit of taking these breaks, but it is a really useful way of ensuring that mistakes do not get drawn or painted into a finished artwork. It is far easier and far less stressful, to rectify an error in its’ early stages than to attempt to correct it on an finished artwork.
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………
This is the copy of a Birthday Card for some-one who rides his bike in all weathers!
Taken from my sketchpad….. I actually owned ( to the dismay of my more sophisticated friends…) a Reliant Robin 3 wheeler. Extremely light, extremely fast ( I tended to corner on 2 wheels – which didn’t worry me overmuch as I was a biker….) and GREAT FUN to drive! Now in a Private collection.