Commissioned Painting of a Muscle Car

Personally I’m not a big car guy. I’ve always liked the look of classic cars and high end sports cars but I’ve never been all that knowledgeable about them. I don’t know the details or really even the names of this or that type of car, but I have always liked the look of the older and more unique cars.

Artists can draw: a quick story

Recently I was asked to paint a classic car; a Camaro SS. I don’t draw or paint a lot of vehicles. It’s not as if I don’t like drawing them or that I’m not good at drawing them but rather I haven’t had the need to.

In a related way I’d like to share a recent story of how sometimes people will ask “do you have an example of a drawing of this particular thing” and if you say no then they will assume it’s because you can’t draw it. Recently, someone posted in an online artist group that they were looking for someone to do an architectural drawing for them and specifically it was going to be a water tower. Artists chimed in saying they were interested and many posted samples of architectural drawings except no one had a specific drawing of a water tower. As no one had previously drawn that specific item, another art collector posted that no one would get the job because they didn’t post an example of that specific object.

The odds of someone ever finding an artist who has previously drawn a very specific thing they are looking for is slim. If you limit your search to only those that have previously drawn that specific thing, then you’re needlessly limiting yourself in who you could hire or commission. If an artist says they’ve drawn something in that realm or they’re comfortable drawing whatever it is that your looking for, then odds are they’ll do more than just fine drawing whatever that specific thing is that you’re looking for. Look to the artist’s style. If you like their work then odds are that you’ll like whatever else they draw.

Much of the artwork that an artist posts online is a product of what they’ve been previously commissioned to do and not a reflection of what they’re actually able to draw. In my case, much of the artwork I post consists of Star Wars and baseball sketch cards. I can draw a lot of other stuff and I’d be happy to do so but the majority of what I’m asked to draw is Star Wars or baseball portrait sketch cards. If you like the Camaro painting I posted here then odds are you’ll also like a painting I do of a space shuttle or whatever else you might have in mind for me to draw! 🙂

The Camaro painting

I was provided a photo of the car and in the painting I deleted the background and replaced it with a fairly simple geometric design. I used a mix of Copic markers, designer gouache, and pencil crayons on a strathmore bristol board (600 series I believe).

The painting measured 11×17″, which is about as large as I go for any of my illustrations and paintings. It’s definitely a liberating feeling to work at this size as opposed to my usual 2.5×3.5″ sketch card size!

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Please contact me through the form below if you’d like to commission a drawing like this from me.