New 2013 Dodge Viper SRT Video!

Sometimes you look at a car(in this case a beast) and you are at a loss of words.  The new 2013 Dodge Viper SRT is one sexy beast!  Let us know what you think!  Here is a video!

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Automotive Art Legends | Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman

(all images courtesy of http://www.fitz-art.com/)

If you ever want additional boosts of inspiration, be sure to check out Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman.  Mr. Fitzpatrick was originally a designer for GM before delving into commercial illustrations and magazine ads in the 50s-70s.  Fitz teamed up with another gifted commercial artist, Van Kaufman.  Together, they created some of the most stunning paintings to date, depicting iconic General Motors vehicles in various iconic settings.

Fitzpatrick would render the vehicles and Kaufman would focus on completing the background and people.  Their work was incredibly dynamic and few people today, in my opinion, are able to match the harmony and synergy they were able to accomplish together.   Be sure to check this site out and give it the time it deserves to observe the detail, composition, lighting, and just the thrill and excitement that it communicates in every painting.  These are scenes that are essentially a slice of Americana….the “good old days” so to speak.

I am always amazed with such old school art.  Which is why I preach to students, that learning the basics and fundamentals in drawing are key before ever jumping into the digital realm.  Not to mention, painting using gouache paints is extremely difficult as it is essentially one of the hardest mediums to work with due to its opaque characteristics.  It only further reinforces how masterful Fitzpatrick and Kaufman were.

Click on the link below to go through their work.  Prepare to be stunned!

http://www.fitz-art.com/

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Artistic Inspiration….RUINED!

It’s not necessary to look at sweet drawings all the time to get inspired to draw. You would be doing yourself a big favor by checking out this short animated film called “RUIN.” Rather than “ruin” the surprise, I’m going to let you sit back and watch this film loaded with stunning visual eye candy!

Creators of the film, OddBall Animation, has done a stunning job on this film.  Be sure to check out their site!  http://www.oddballanimation.com/concept-ruin

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How to Draw Cars | Photoshop Speed Rendering

Welcome to yet another video tutorial on photoshop speed painting.  We are going to continue on with some speed paintings that will help you to draw cars from reference photographs.  Reference photographs are always useful to train your mind to see the photos as a collection of shapes, value, texture, and patterns.  Matte painters in the movie industry always have this wonderful knack of making their paintings look  photo realistic from a distance.  This is not because they render each and every detail but rather understand how to create these “patterns” and “shapes” quickly in order to indicate the complexity.

Step back, relax and watch the video.  Hopefully you will learn something new ;)  Oh…yeah….special thanks to Goodwood Revival which is an organization dedicated to helping drivers and spectators relive the glorious motor sport days of the 40s, 50s, and 60s racing era.  They have just stunning photography that captures the intensity and energy of the races.  I used one of their photographs for this demonstration.

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How to Draw Cars Now DVD Review from PCK Studio!

Special thanks to gifted Hot Rod Designer, Brian Stupski from PCK Studio, for reviewing our DVD set.  Brian is well known for his sickly detailed Illustrator artwork and has some mad skills.  It’s truly a honor to have him take so much time to review our first commercial product!

Catch the review here and be sure to check out Brian’s killer work in the process!

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