The owner of this unique vintage 1937 Bentley commissioned me to create a painting of his car which captured every aspect of its unique bodywork. This video shows some of the key stages of the painting's creation and close-ups of the finished piece.
Thanks to Gordon Cruikshank at Motor Sport Magazine for the feature in the January 2018 issue.
The Royal Automobile Club kindly invited me to exhibit my work in the 'Hanging Room' at their Clubhouse in London's Pall Mall. The works shown include a selection of my original paintings and Limited Edition prints and will be on display from 22nd December 2017 to 2nd February 2018. Note the RAC Clubhouse is a membership club and is not open to the public.
Thanks to Mick Walsh and the chaps at Classic & Sports Car magazine for featuring my latest painting, a Ferrari 250GTO, in the December issue! A Limited Edition of 39 prints are available.
Over the summer I've been working on a new collaboration with Iconic Cloth who specialise in T-Shirts featuring motor sport & motoring art imagery.
The first fruit of this is a design that features some of the key visual elements and accessories of the iconic Aston Martin DB5.
A Limited Edition of just 50 shirts are being produced, each printed to order at £39.95 each + P&P.
The shirts are available online from Iconic Cloth in Black, Grey, White or Blue and in sizes Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL and XXXL.
Thanks to C&CS for this article which appeared in March in the Art Spotlight feature.
Here's a brief description of how I created my recent painting of the Turner Mk3...
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Step 1 - Car photography: I visited Sussex to photograph the car. I prefer to take the pictures myself to make sure I get the right angles and capture all the detail.
Step 2 - Sketches: Having taken the photos of the car, the next step is work on the layout. I start off with pencil sketches and when I arrive at a layout I'm happy with I create a colour mock up in a Photoshop using the photos for the client to approve.
Step 3 - Etching: With the design approved the next step is to prepare the Aluminium panel.
I often incorporate etching into the design and found a lovely period chassis drawing. Using a photographic mask I etched the panel, happily resulting in a nice crisp image.
Step 4 - Polishing: Now its time to polish the areas of the Aluminium that will represent the chrome and brightwork of the car. In this case the bumpers, lights, grille, window frames, etc, have been polished and will be painted with transparent glazes to create the final effect.
Step 5 - Background painting: For this composition I wanted to create some overlapping geometric coloured panels. I used transparent Oil glazes so the Aluminium underneath shows through and will catch the light in some conditions.
Step 6: Underpainting: The painting of the car starts with an underpainting which blocks in the main shapes. The details is then added in layers, in this shot there's a bit of both as I've started adding detail to the rear wheel and front elevation.
Step 7: Detailing: The fine details of the bodywork, window frames, Turner badge and lettering are all built up and highlights and shadows added.
Step 8: Completion! The last of the fiddly bits like the chrome work, badges, spokes (bless em) and reflections are added. With the painting finished the last step was to allow the painting to dry thoroughly and apply a fine coat of varnish.
The painting was then packed and delivered to the client, who I'm happy to report were very happy with the result!
Here's a brief outline - carefully omitting the blood, sweat, tears and secret techniques - of how I created the painting of 'Issy the Isetta'.
I wanted to create a composition which set the Isetta in its period. I took inspiration from contemporary advertising material which often featured brightly coloured geometric shapes.
I also looked at the original brochures for interesting imagery. One had a technical drawing which I liked, but it was of an American model which had a number of important differences. Some more searching led to a technical drawing of the correct UK spec model.
The owner then provided photographs of Issy, including shots of each elevation and close-ups showing details and trim.
The next step was to produce a sketch layout of the composition to bring together the images of the car with the stylistic elements.
The client loved the sketch but wanted to add the model and date of the car to make it more personalised, so the layout was updated to incorporate these. At this stage all the details are included to ensure everything is correct.
Preparing the Aluminium
With the layout approved the next step was to prepare the Aluminium panel. The background was sanded to a smooth semi-matt finish, then the circular areas were wire brushed at different angles so they would subtly catch the light.
The areas that would represent Issy's chrome work, such as bumper and wheel trims were polished.
I wanted to etch the line drawing into the Aluminium so a photographic mask was made and an etching solution applied.
With all the work on the Aluminium completed, a special coating was applied to protect the Aluminium and enhance the adhesion of the paint.
The painting is done in Oils, which is built up in layers. Where I want the Aluminium to show through, the paint is mixed with a glaze medium which makes the paint translucent.
The vehicle's chrome work is painted with dark glazes over the polished Aluminium to create the impression of chrome plating.
Finally once the painting is dry a thin layer of varnish is applied to protect the painting against dust & atmospheric pollution. The painting is then mounted on a subframe which enables it to be easily hung.
If you're interested in commissioning a painting of your car please drop me a line or call.
I was very pleased to be invited to exhibit at the 2nd RAC Art of Motoring exhibition in Pall Mall.
This show brings together '15 of Britain’s leading motoring artists' and is free. The show was a considerable success and is becoming a regular fixture in the classic car calendar, confirmed by the move to a larger gallery for next year.
Love comes in many shapes and sizes - and the 1961 BMW Isetta that features in this recent commission is very much loved. The painting is A4 in size and is executed in Oils onto an Aluminium panel, areas of which have been polished and brushed to form parts of the composition, while the line drawing has been etched.
Prices start from £950 for a painting in my signature Oil on Aluminium style.