These are some preliminary sketches I’ve done for a project I’m working on. My Colleague, Tony Fiore (The bloke who runs our shop at school) and I are going to make a 1/4 scale hard styling clay model this spring (after the semester has been completed) and will be documenting the process in the hope that it will be beneficial to our students. I’ll keep you up to date on our progress here. Tony will have to agree to this concept but I suspect he will. If this has ANY similarity to a modern version of an E Type FHC, that is, I assure you, entirely coincidental. 🙂
The sketches are still loose and don’t necessarily hold accuracy from view to view, but I’ll be tightening this up as I go along.
Another shirt coming out on blipshift this coming Monday…This one a Renault Alpine A110. I wanted to have it titled “Je t’aime” but blipshift has gone with something else.
A work in progress – as you can see. This one is tricky – again – it’s small – and I don’t want to resort to small (000) brushes but it’s hard not to given the detail in the bridge. I can see that need to increase the arch on the upper left hand side – but this is stuff you miss when you’re doing detail. The colour still probably needs to be adjusted (less grey, a little more taupe), but as stated – a work in progress.
I’ve ignored paintings since working on a piece of Fernando Alonso winning the European Grand Prix of Valencia in a Ferrari. This seemed to be the perfect subject – and I had all the reference and this painting was going to be GREAT. It wasn’t. I worked and worked. I painted gesso over half the painting and tried again. But the more I worked the worse it got.
I sketched a lot after this, 🙂
Evelyn has been bugging me to paint (clever woman) and so I took on a couple of smaller projects – the above is from a shot I took in Venice (bet you couldn’t tell, eh?) back in 2014. It’s small… about 30 x 15 cm – which was a mistake – the smaller painting take as long as a larger painting because of the detail – but it was a good way to work myself back in…
I’ve been busy of late, but not posting, as you’ll have noticed. My students were recently working on a “classic redesign” and one of the subjects (surprise, surprise) was a 1976 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. Wonder where that came from? Well amongst many others there was a Mercedes 300sl convertible, a Dino Ferrari and a Jaguar XKSS – none of which ( /-: ) I own… still I pitied my students their work and did a little myself. I thought the drawing of the original car was quite good… but the re-design??? Shock – horror… welcome to 1990… Uggh. I’m getting old (or perhaps I’m already there).
I drove down to Watkins Glen last week and visited the old F1 track for the first time. The area is beautiful and the drive from the interstate alongside Seneca lake was lovely. I had the convertible hood of the Alfa down and got a sunburn.
I was visiting some friends at the Glen and they were doing a couple of track days there. The track days were organized by Porsche, and thus most of the cars there were P-cars, and most of those were of the newer GT3/GT4 variety, though there were exceptions, and this was one of them. This was a 70s vintage 914 in what I guess to be “signal orange”. This car was running a flat 6 engine which must have made it very interesting to track, indeed.
I have been remiss – I have allowed an excess of self-imposed projects to impede my posting here – but – I will rectify this now with this belated posting of a sketch from the Muslim quarter in Granada from May… Better late than never!
Another sketch from our recent travels, this one from Sintra, Portugal – a lovely area just north west of Lisbon.
A sketch from our recent trip to Spain. This is a clock tower in the “Plaza Duquesa de parcent” in the eastern part of Ronda. Like most of my sketch subjects it had a comforting proximity to a patio that served beer… 🙂
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In the same sketchbook (circa 1985) that I found the Tower of London (previous post) I found this – and I find this vastly amusing.
I remember staying in this Youth Hostel back in early July of 1985 – I’ve said that it is in “Leuven” – but it was not – it was rural, definitely outside of Leuven. Why is this amusing to me? My sister-in-law and her family live in Leuven and thus we are frequent visitors there. I had completely forgotten about this place, but have tried (since re-acquainting myself with this sketchbook) through various searches and search methods to see if I could locate this youth hostel/farmhouse but I have not been successful; Leuven has grown, I have no idea of how close (or far) this is from Leuven or indeed, what direction it was in relation to the city, and of course, it is almost certain that this place is no longer a hostel.
Still, I find it hilarious to imagine that I, as a feckless youth toddled around so closely to my soon-to-be brother in law (who would have been a mere 8 or so years old at the time).
Worst, looking at this sketch, I fear my drawing style has not evolved as I might have wished it would. “sigh”.
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