Ahh, the third generation Camaro. The IROC-Z was the dream car of my childhood, and to this day I consider it to be one of the first cars I’ll add to my collection if I ever find myself with the space (and funds) to store lots of cars. My uncle had one of these things, and he let me drive it – which thinking back on it was probably a pretty stupid thing to do. Throwing the keys from a high-performance car to a teenager with only a learners permit makes me shiver now that I’m a 40-something responsible old fart, but I’m not going to lie when I say that it was an experience I’ll never forget!
Following right along behind the quick sketch of the 1970 Nova I just posted is another quick digital sketch – this time of a 1987 IROC. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped it would – but I know exactly why that happened and I’ll be sure to not make that same mistake with my next sketch.
The problem was that I decided to make this a very high-resolution illustration (5000x3000px), and the pencil brushes in SketchBook Pro are too thin at that resolution to get the nice heavy outline strokes that I like. The unfortunate result of that is a sketch that looks very thin with very little variance in line weight – a big no-no in my book (line weight is so important!) and I walked away from this one feeling quite unsatisfied. Oh well. Lesson learned.
I feel like a total broken record when it comes to drawing cars. It was almost two years ago when I proclaimed that I was getting serious about drawing cars and it was something that I was going to spend a lot more time doing. Well, a lot has happened since then and I haven’t been drawing any more than I hoped I would. That’s life, I suppose, but at least I still have the drive within me to keep this up and to never let go of this passion. Drawing cars has been part of my life since I was 10 years old, and I hope that it never goes away. So what if I take some time off? As long as I keep coming back to it I’m happy.
Anyway, I’ve been feeling the desire to draw again recently but the drive to actually sit down and create my own designs isn’t there right now. Drawing cars is one thing. Coming up with fresh new designs is another, and with everything else I’ve got going on in my life right now there’s no “designer” feeling left inside of me.
So that means just having fun and drawing existing cars! The Fox Body Mustang GT I drew several years ago was really fun, and the special thing about that sketch was how fast and loose it was. I didn’t have to think much about it while I was drawing it, and that’s the kind of automotive art I feel like doing right now.
First up? This 1970 Nova, inspired by the one our neighbors had when I was a kid. That thing scared the hell out of me (loud cars were frightening!), but nearly 40 years later my memories of that thing are of the fond variety.
This digital sketch took approximately 30 minutes to complete, and I did it all in SketchBook Pro and Photoshop.