In my steady gig drawing illustrations for Worth Magazine, I was recently asked to create a portrait of a man and his car. I illustrate most of the images in the magazine’s financial advisors section, and this advisor apparently has an automotive bent. I was anxious to produce this complicated stipple drawing, as I am a fan of classic cars and really enjoy drawing illustrations of them.
Another stipple illustration I’ve made, this one for a friend in Ireland, is of an old automobile by the name of “Alvis”, a British make. My good friend could not resist traveling over to Great Britain to purchase this lovely sedan. I’ve ridden in it myself. The model dates, as I recall, from 1938.
Iconic Illustrations of Classic American Trucks
A vehicle design that has remained fairly constant since I’ve been around, and one that’s surely iconic is the venerable UPS truck. One might consider it a bridge between past and present. I did this spot illustration, and many more, for an employee commemorative booklet celebrating a major anniversary of the company.
Kevin Akers, a terrific designer in California, recruited me for another interesting illustration project: It involved the creation of multiple illustrations that were used in a giant wall calendar from the west-coast caterer, Tony’s Foods. This small stipple illustration (and all the others) were later colorized by Mr. Akers.
For this one, I adopted a more linear style of drawing.
Full Color Automotive Illustrations Make a Splash
There was a rather major roll-out of a brand new automotive brand a couple of decades ago: the Saturn automobile. Hal Riney & Co. in Los Angeles tapped me to create half a dozen full-color illustrations for a very splashy, over-sized promotional brochure. Here is the heart of the matter…
Classic and Classy: Illustrations for Mercedes-Benz S-Series Cars
I was also involved in illustrating another major ad campaign, working for Mercedes-Benz. It promoted their S-series with a variety of my drawings. The following are illustrations that ran in the Wall Street Journal, among other places…
Hope you’ve enjoyed this scenic excursion through classic automotive illustrations. I’ll meet you down the road.