Saturday, December 28, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
11x14 inches, painted in watercolor. Available soon at Daily Paintworks.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Bride Of Fishenstein. I see the head of Fishy and I think that it'd make a cool balloon. Then of course, it occurs to me he's going to need some company. Maybe I'll add a Dracula to the pile someday.
Both pieces are 9x14 inches, painted in watercolor. Available at Daily Paintworks.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
This is the third time I have painted this particular wagon, although this is the first time I've painted it airborne. It's sort of evolved into this strange, pseudo-allegorical "good vs. evil" with a light peppering of "Don't jump to conclusions." Can't wait to see the fourth one.
11.5x15 inches, painted in watercolor.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
This is my 101st blog post. My, how the time flies. It only seems like yesterday since Blog Post Number One exploded onto the scene like an armored car through a pyramid of soup cans. I have to find some confetti and an alcoholic beverage to celebrate.
8.75x13.75 inches, painted in watercolor.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
10.5x14 inches, painted in watercolor. Available for purchase.
Friendly reminder - time is running out to get your very own issue of Traditional Rod And Kulture Illustrated #34, featuring my work. New issue's coming out soon, get that one, too. It's going to be awesome.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
It appears that while an altered wheelbase gasser with fat slicks is absolutely brilliant for a quarter mile long strip of tarmac, it's not so good for surfing.
I don't use purple much when painting cars, but it seemed appropriate here.
10x14 inches, painted in watercolor. Available on Daily Paintworks.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Many years ago, I drew a Jeep FC with a suicide front end, but kept the engine under/inside the cab. I thought it might be a good way for a welder or frame builder to showcase their skills without having an engine in the way. Not the most brilliant scheme, I admit, but that's where this idea came from.
8x14 inches, painted in watercolor. Available at Daily Paintworks.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Mr. Fishenstein there has been recast in another piece I'm working on. It appears being decapitated hasn't kept him from getting ahead. (Badum Bump! Zing!!)
14x21 inches, painted in watercolor.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Here's the previous version for comparison.
8x21 inches, painted in watercolor. Available for purchase at Daily Paintworks.
My artwork is being featured in the current issue of Traditional Rod n Kulture Illustrated magazine, one of the finest hot rod mags around. It's so cool it comes with two front covers! The good folks at R&K have managed to make me seem like a moderately coherent member of society, which all by itself would be worth the price of admission. Production values are top notch, from the writing and photography to the print quality. Even the advertising is cool, and that's just impossible. So go pick up a copy, and gain some insight on the evolution of these paintings, and then stick around for the gassers, rods, customs, and pinups.
There's more. After you've read the magazine cover to cover, go on over to Set to Stun Productions and look up the Friction in the Static podcast, episode 172. Yes, that's right, you can hear me ramble on about my work, the evolution of the Weirdos, and melting all my crayons. And thanks to the miracle of post production, I sound like a perfectly ordinary human (mostly). Then, after you've listened to me butcher the English language, you still have at least 171 other Friction podcasts to enjoy.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This is something I've been dabbling with for about a year now. I draw the image on a t shirt using a squeeze bottle filled with screenprinting ink, and then use a piece of cardboard to move it around to create grays and patina. The ink is a water based textile ink which softens a bit after being washed, so the image has a sort of "lived in" look.
They're fun to do, as I get to be a bit messy, and I can draw the same thing multiple times and never wind up with two identical images. For instance, the next time I draw Truck Monster, maybe there's someone behind the wheel, or perhaps I chop the truck. They also finish quickly, as it's supremely difficult to be fiddly when you're essentially drawing with a glue bottle and a spatula. You have to go with the flow, which can make for some interesting results.
I've put a few of these drawn shirts up on ebay. The shirts are all Hanes Beefy T in classic white, different sizes. Quantities are, naturally, limited, though I do plan to add more designs as time marches on.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
7x20 inches, painted in watercolor. Available at Daily Paintworks.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Fear Me! Fear Me and My Unstoppable Engine of Destruction! Soil yourselves in Terror as we Lay Waste to (dammit, there goes the back tire again. Stupid cheap lug nuts.)!
14x19 inches, painted in watercolor. Available at Daily Paintworks.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
5.5 inches square, painted in watercolor. Available here.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
I find white painted trim, like grilles and bumpers, a little more difficult to render than chrome trim. For chrome, you just paint the sky in the upper surfaces, and the ground in the lower surfaces. (This is a gross oversimplification, but it gets the point across.) But white bumpers and trim require a subtler approach. you have to balance the need to convey depth against the color of the bumper. Go too far with the light reflection from the sand and you'll wind up with a yellow bumper. Use too much blue from the sky over that yellow, and you've got some ugly green color. Over rendering can lead to fuzzy edges, which are not so good for representing a glossy painted surface.
How-ever, I believe older trucks, like this Ford, look more truck-like with the trim painted. There's a utilitarian feel to painted trim that chrome lacks. Chrome is fine for the car, which, for some people, serves as a badge of status and identity. It's basically bling, or a silk tie. Trucks, on the other hand, were traditionally built and bought to do work, and chrome does not enhance payload capacity or stump pulling power.
Don't misunderstand me, I love chrome. The lack of chrome on modern cars is partly why they're mostly boring to look at. But if you want to emphasize the working side of a vehicle, less chrome does the job nicely.
10x16 inches, painted in watercolor. Available at Daily Paintworks.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Cruising back to the beach at a leisurely pace. No rush, no fancy stunts. Just the wind and the salt spray in your face.
I'm mostly happy with this piece, though maybe the '59 Caddy tail light is a bit much, especially since it's partially obscured.
10.5x12 inches, painted in watercolor. Available at Daily Paintworks.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Painted in watercolor, 10x14 inches. Available for purchase here.
Friday, April 5, 2013
"Not everyone who owns and operates a sea monster is a mad scientist or super villain. A growing number of ordinary people have taken up sea monstering as a hobby. Since most of these enthusiasts are building their briny beasts on a budget, they generally start with a derelict vehicle bought for cheap, and save their cash for the tentacle drives and cyborg brainpans, which are difficult to scratchbuild with found parts. The results can be interesting, if not exactly pants-wettingly terrifying. Most hobbyists don't mind the lack of a fear factor, and say they're not in it to take over the world."
6.5x9 inches, painted in watercolor. Available here.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
If you have a steam tractor, please refer to our 1962 Boiler Plate And Brimstone Special Issue for conversion plans.
6.5x10.25 inches, painted in watercolor. Available here.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
For my first Toyota painting, I went to the mid '60's and got a Stout, which I lowered a bit. Then, I put it on top of a stone plinth for no reason. And then I painted the girl's hair flowing upward; again, for no apparent reason. Such is the fickle wackiness of the creative process.
About 7.5x11.5 inches, painted in watercolor. Available at Daily Paintworks.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
10x13 inches, painted in watercolor.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The exception to this rule is if you plan to put a Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica. montage on your ride. In that case, the appropriate base color is Licorice Black.
I would further recommend that the shag carpet interior be done in earth tones, but it's not absolutely required. And for Pete's sake, bolt down that lava lamp!
Painted in watercolor, 8x9 inches. Original painting available at Daily Paintworks.
Prints available on ebay.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
And you know you're going to have to use an alternate route when walking for the next week or so.
About 8.5x10.5 inches, painted in watercolor. Available at Daily Paintworks. Prints available at ebay.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Painted in oil on a 6x8 inch panel. Available for purchase here.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Or, if you prefer, you can supply your own pithy remark about the International Space Station.
Painted in oil on a 6x14 inch panel. It's available for purchase on Daily Paintworks.
Friday, February 1, 2013
I did this small watercolor as a bit of fun for a friend's art project, and I'm thinking I should do more of them. "Watercolor Weirdos" has a certain ring to it, I think.
7x12 inches, watercolor on Arches cold press.
The original painting is sold. Prints are available at ebay.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
What's the intrepid explorer guy doing in the deep with a T-bodied Ford? Are those mers good or evil? Does that toolbox contain sandwiches? Just what deep recesses of my mind-brain are generating ideas like this? This is one of those rare times I don't have it all figured out.
I wonder if Leonardo ever looked in his sketchbook and thought, "Where did THAT idea come from?"
Painted in oil on an 8x10 panel. Available for purchase here.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Messing around with color a bit here. I wanted something less than the usual bright blue summer sky I typically throw into a scene. So I added some transparent red iron oxide to my sunny sky mix of pthalo blue, white, and a trace of Naples yellow. I think it worked out well. It has a sort of vaguely gloomy underwater quality, like the pregnant moment before a storm, when all hell breaks loose. Which I guarantee will happen once that killer whale gets here. That whale ROCKS!
6x9 inches, oil on panel. Available for purchase here.