Watching the process of something has always been fun for me (thanks Bob Ross). So I thought I would share the behind the scenes (well, some sketches anyway) from the cars I illustrated.
The project was a personal one and an opportunity to do some illustrations of cars that I loved growing up. Looking back there seemed an abundance of TV shows that had really cool cars that were almost characters in the show. So I started drawing:
Sketches from the series. Yes, that is Lightning McQueen. I drew him at the request of my kids, who didn’t recognize a single car I drew. Sigh.
I like working on paper with pencil (and sometimes a blue or red colored pencil) and then ink with a ball point pen or Paper Mate pen. I usually scan in the pencil drawing, print it out and then ink over it to refine it. That way I can print it out larger than I sketched it or print multiples of the sketch to try different ideas. If you are familiar with Von Glitschka (and if you are not, look him up. You’re welcome), this is very similar to his process.
Rough pencil sketch.
Sometimes I may use tracing paper over the pencil sketch or use a lightbox (yep. I know it’s 2013) to refine it instead of printing out the pencil sketch.
Sketch now refined on tracing paper.
Building the vectors in Illustrator.
I loved working on the series. It was a lot of late nights at the desk (as usual) but it was great fun. Now, maybe I should do some movie cars…