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1961 Corvair Rampside Graphite by Daniel-Storm 1961 Corvair Rampside Graphite by Daniel-Storm
1961 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside Graphite
Graphite pencils on 12X18 Fabriano Artistico, 140 LB Hot Press Watercolor Paper, 27 hours even.

The sheet of paper was 12X18, but i made the drawing smaller so that it would fit into a standard mat opening of 11X14 as presented here.

My challenge in this piece was to present the personality of the Corvair faithfully and convincingly even though the front of the vehicle is in shadow. While one never wants to be a slave to their reference photograph and draw shadows as dark as they appear in prints, i pushed the values even further here from the get go.

And when finished i went back and fuzzed the front wheel. Which i was loath to do, as i really love chromed wheels! But when looking at the drawing, the contrast of that wheel kept diverting my eye...the wheel became the focal point...and i wanted the focal point to be on the front of the car.

Also, there is a reflection of grass along the lowest side and down along the turn of the pan from behind the bumper to the front wheel well. I left them out too as i found it distracting. Again...my intention is not to replicate a photograph...my intention is to render the vehicle so that the personality of that individual piece is visually and artistically presented.

Once again, the original looks better than this, smoother, but i am getting better at presenting my work thanks to some photography tips from Nancy’s oldest daughter from a previous marriage, Tara. She’s an architectural photographer that also does catalog shots of artwork, and she helped me a lot the last time she was in town!

Here is the reference photograph that i used [link] .
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:iconkustomkid19:
kustomkid19 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Really cool details, i love those black and white pencil drawings...
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thank you very much! :wave:
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franksart Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
You did a great job on this. I just noticed you live in St. Louis. I live N or you in SE IA. Do you have the Good Guys car show down there? I have enough pics to work from the rest of my life. Don't stop working on your degree. They can't take it from you and it's obvious you're getting a lot out of it.
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
No, we do not have the Good Guys here that i know of.
I have my degree now, and very glad i took the opportunity to go back and get it! :)
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sepultur60 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
a pleasure to look at ; the levels are perfect; i love the preciseness :)
you draw great car models:
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Thank you very much! :wave:
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:iconflower-sis:
Flower-Sis Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Cars aren't really... My thing. But your drawings are so damn beautiful, you just gotta love them :heart:
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you for the kind words! :wave:
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Flower-Sis Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
No problem ^w^
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ichris2010 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing work. You have a real talent for car drawings. I was looking through your gallery and I like how your drawings aren't just sports cars like most, you have pickups, trucks, etc. Really good work. :)
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Thank you very much for the kind words! :wave:
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roflstomp2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Man thats some pro skill right there...
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Thank you very much! :wave:
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roflstomp2 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
no problem. i love pencil art so i admire your work very much.
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dan996 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
so much attention to the details !! awesome !
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Thank you for the kind words! :wave:
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mehmetmumtaz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconwtfbbqplz: WOW !
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thank you very much! :wave:
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compaan-art Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome work, Mr. Storm!
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thank you very much! :wave:
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donwold Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Fantastic work Daniel, I love the unique subject, old iron still rules. It is getting so much harder to differentiate between makes and models nowadays.
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Yes it is! Thank you very much! :wave:
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KwangRae Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Very nice sketch!
Looks like real black and white photography!
:)
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Thank you very much!
Hope you had a great Christmas! :wave:
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:iconkwangrae:
KwangRae Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
I've!
your welcome!
:)
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
:)
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KwangRae Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
:)
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donescu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
I like how you acomplished these shiny wheels . I should try an old car like this to draw :).
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you very much! I do love drawing the old cars. :wave:
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68040 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks great. I love those trucks.

So you took a photo of the original instead of scanning?
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Thank you very much! Yes, i shoot my work now instead of scanning it. I bought two 500 watt construction type lights with stands at a Lowe's hardware store, and use them now to shoot my work. I'm just no good with scanners, and it seems everyone on DA has the same problem. I still use some of my more subtle value changes in the photographing them, but they are still better than scanning. :wave:
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68040 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have prints made from the photos? Or do you bring the drawing to a print shop?
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
I am still looking for a printer. As it is, i shoot my work to post it on deviantART, but would like better shots and or scans of my work if i am going to have prints made of it. I have some places that have been recommended to me, but i am working on my web site now and will check out how well they print later. :)
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czesiuzabujca Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
Extremely realistic, and simply stunning. Great work, sir!
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Thank you very much! :wave:
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:iconczesiuzabujca:
czesiuzabujca Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow, I am really sorry for so many comments, no idea how that has happened....
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:iconczesiuzabujca:
czesiuzabujca Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
Extremely realistic, and simply stunning. Great work, sir!
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Thank you very much again! :wave:
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:iconczesiuzabujca:
czesiuzabujca Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
Extremely realistic, and simply stunning. Great work, sir!
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Thank you for that! :wave:
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MystiqueDeep Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I have never seen a vehicle like this before, how interesting! It's very well drawn too--you have such crisp clean lines on your vehicles :)
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Thank you very much for that! :wave:
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CosmOSmocker Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student General Artist
I'd like to know one thing on this gool pick-up, are they rare? I already saw a van cruisin' near my school and this goddamn old low cost thing looks mad............
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
I don't know that they are actually rare. I would say "uncommon." I have only seen three at car shows this year. The one Corvair Rampside, and two Dodge A100's. I have not seen one Ford E Series Pickup in a car show for at least two years.
They used to be "everywhere," but i think that was more true in cities than in rural areas. And they were mostly commercial vehicles. Bell System had a ton of those Corvair Rampsides because it was so easy to load and unload spools of wire onto the sidewalk without being worried about what was behind the vehicle. It is my guess that most kids living on farms in the early sixties do not remember these pickup trucks because they were not popular with their fathers. And so there is not a lot of nostalgic connection to them, and they do not get restored as often as most pickup trucks.
That's my guess, anyway. :wave:
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CosmOSmocker Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks for all this informations...I knew that the corvair wasn't really a best seller (thanks to a certain "Unsafe at Any Speed"act...) but to hear that they are so much forgotten surprises me...

P.S. the A100 dodges and the small vans made by chevy are the most common american trucks in car meetings in france..
strange...

have a good day ^^
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
You are very welcome! :wave:
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whizzywhizzer Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
nice lines here
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Thank you! :wave:
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GOTYCKI Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
super!
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Thank you very much! :wave:
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