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October 6, 2010
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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. intention is not to replicate a 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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kustomkid19 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Really cool details, i love those black and white pencil drawings...
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thank you very much! :wave:
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.
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! :)
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:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Thank you very much! :wave:
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:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you for the kind words! :wave:
Flower-Sis Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
No problem ^w^
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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