5 1/4″x7 1/2″ Oil on gesso-coated board
“In art as in love, instinct is enough.” -Anatole France, French poet, journalist and novelist, 1844-1924
I love old cars! Okay, I love most cars, but old cars have always held a special place in my heart. I’ve owned a few and hope to own another. Older cars, particularly from the 30s and 40s, with their fat fenders and exposed headlights, ornate, yet functional grills and trim, all made of steel, of course, were rolling works of art in their own right. Detroit had it going on back then. It’s no wonder that so many artists, like myself, are drawn to their charm and design. As a cartoonist/caricaturist, I especially get a kick out of exaggerating these classic features, giving them an almost human feel, not unlike the folks at Disney and Pixar. So far, I’ve steered clear of putting eyeballs in the windows! But don’t think I haven’t thought about it! I actually prefer to give my CARtoons a personality based on distorting the features, accentuating the innate design, animating them, if you will.
This piece is an oil on board of a 1936 Ford Roadster hotrod. The hardest part of this process is working in the small “daily painting” format for my blog. I am working on some larger pieces that I will also post here soon. This painting, as most on my blog, is roughly 5″x7″. That’s a tiny painting to attempt this amount of detail, especially in oils. I used my usual process of sketching with a bristol brush loaded with burnt umber and turps, slowly shaping the image while the paint was wet until I got what I was looking for. I tend to use Liquin as my medium because it quickens the drying time. Then I shift gears (pardon the pun, snicker…) and use small, synthetic brushes to tighten and render the final details and highlights. It’s a blast painting these CARtoons, almost as much fun as it would be driving that beast on a beautiful Spring day, going through the gears, listening to the rumble of that sweet flathead! -Enjoy!