Sunday, December 20, 2015
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
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
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
Sunday, October 11, 2015
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.
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.
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.