Sunday, December 20, 2015

Matra Djet/Jet 6 Mieusset/Pitiot 1967

Drawing/painting of the Matra Djet/Jet VI de Robert "Jimmy" Mieusset/Catherine Pitiot number 100 that took part in the Rallye des Cévennes 1967.

Initially, it was Rene Bonnet who built the first "Djet" cars. When Matra took over production, the cars became known as "Jet". The Matra Djet/Jet was a cool car but it was totally eclipsed by the Alpine Renault A110 "Berlinette", an even cooler car.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Citroën DS Romãozinho/Bernardo 1972

Oil pastel and colored pencil. This is the Citroën DS 21 Proto Coupé Group 5 number 77 piloted by Francisco Romãozinho and José Bernardo in the 1972 Rallye du Portugal. Visually, the main difference between this proto DS and the factory DS coupé is how the back has been hacked out. Robert Neyret is the guy that took upon himself to shorten (and lighten) the DS 21 to make it more competitive in rally racing. After seeing Neyret's success with his modified DS 21, Citroën decided to build (or have somebody else built) their own prototypes to be used as works (factory) cars by racing crews.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Datsun 240 Z Mehta/Doughty 1971

This is a sketch of the Datsun (Nissan) 240 Z piloted by Mehta/Doughty at the 1971 Safari Rally.

It's very hard to get the proportions right when doing a perspective drawing of a car. So, I cheat a little by using a rolling ruler which enables me to transfer angles from the reference photo to my drawing paper and a proportional divider which enables me to transfer distances from the reference photo to my paper. Anybody that can sketch/draw without any tool whatsoever is a hero in my book and should be praised to no end.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ferrari 625 Maurice Trintignant 1955

This is a graphite pencil drawing of the Ferrari 625 number 14 piloted by Maurice Trintignant at the 1955 Grand Prix of Argentina.

Lancia Stratos Bernard Darniche 1976

This is a graphite pencil drawing of the Lancia Stratos HF Chardonnet number 1 piloted by Bernard Darniche and Alain Mahé at the Rally 4 Regioni in 1976.

Tyrrell François Cevert 1972

This is a drawing of François Cevert in the Tyrrell Ford car number 2 during one of the Grand Prix of the 1972 Formula One season (could be 1971 too).

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Gordini Maurice Trintignant 1953

This is Maurice Trintignant in its Gordini at the Reims Grand Prix in 1953. The drawing/painting is oil pastel (Pentel) on Stonehenge paper.

This is the the corresponding sketch that I made on drawing paper. I like to draw on drawing paper because it's easy to erase pencil marks. I must admit to using a proportional divider (it looks like a two-ended compass) to get my proportions kinda right. I also use a rolling ruler to get the angles kinda right.

By the way, I can guarantee you that the the fourth wheel is not visible in the reference photo. So no, there's no missing wheel in my drawing.

Porsche 911 T Elford/Stone 1968

This is the Vic Elford/David Stone Porsche 911 T at the Rallye de Monte-Carlo 1968. The painting/drawing is oil pastel (Pentel is the brand) on Stonehenge paper. I used an orange/red stick for the car's local body color and an olive green stick to accentuate the darker shadowy parts. The main issue I had with oil pastel is the tendency for colors that are added on top of another to just slide right over the previous layer, creating a bit of a mess (blobs of pigment instead of a nice layer of color). So, I had to spray workable fixatif a few times during the painting process to get colors to stick on top of each other.

This is the corresponding sketch which I did on drawing paper. I used a light table to transfer the sketch to the Stonehenge paper and then went to town with the oil pastels.

Audi Quattro Michèle Mouton 1981

Michèle Mouton in her Audi Quattro at the Rally de San Remo in 1981.

This is a drawing I made in oil pastel pencils (Pentel is the brand) on watercolor paper. I know a lot of people don't like fixing their pastel drawings/painting but I certainly did (with a workable fixatif by Krylon). I usually make a drawing on drawing paper (to be sure of the proportions), transfer it to a better paper, and then apply colors but since this is such a simple drawing, I didn't bother, I just drew straight on the watercolor paper.