Automotive Art – Vintage Grand Prix Series 2

September 27, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

Automotive Grand Prix Art:Series 2 Taking the lead



Automotive Art work is one of my passions. Series 2 continues with this piece called “Taking the lead.”  Like the previous painting, the two drivers fight to take the finish line in the last few laps in Monaco.  I really enjoyed trying to experiment with a fish eye view of the car racing in front of the camera and capturing the expression of the driver.  The driver overtakes his opponent only to quickly check his distance for a split second from the rear view mirror.   The intense sun rays burst through the clouds catching the driver at the rear.  This was a lot of fun to create!  See how I started off with a smaller grand prix art sketch before creating this full size painting.

The other thing you can do is to create smaller thumbnails or post it note sketches to generate ideas on how you want your final scene to look including rough compositions in black and white.  Then you can move on to larger sketch pads and refine your ideas before you move on to the final rendering.

Exploring color is also a rewarding but can be somewhat frustrating if you know nothing about it.  It’s obviously more complex than working with black and white with different shade of gray in the value range.  The references that I use come from different sources but are mostly black and white.  I then need to interpret the color scheme that best creates the emotional element when viewing the final painting.

I have always been intrigued by the vintage race cars era and the dangers it posed to drivers back in the 30-70’s.  Capturing the energy of the moment in each piece is what I am striving to do along with teach others how to create their own art work by learning the basics and fundamental steps to drawing.  Hope you all liked this one!

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