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Art & Inspiration "How I Draw Rusty Nuts" or "Hot Rod Poster 101"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jeff Norwell, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,275

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    I was suppose to do this with Chuckles garage and his "Strange Bird" art... but time had slipped away and this technique is very similar..... well.....not really....
    Anyways..if your interested stay tooned.:)

    It all begins with the phone call and discussing what the client needs.In this case...JalopyMike(Mike S.) have been working together for his Killer show in MD at the National Guard Armory.I attended last year with the RB guys and had a great time.

    Great venue and amazing old rods and customs...a great show worth attending....
    So Mike and I talked a bit and we wanted to stay with the same kinda feel as last years poster...
    so I did some loose and fast ruffs and came up with a few ideas...some along the same train of thought.and ones off base.


    The flying hotrod was picked and off I went....
    (well...not literally off, cause i am busy....but I picked away as time was allowed.)

    So here is how I start......
    First off...i work commercially which means i do a lot of digital work.
    And this in my books is pure commercial work...I do it day in,day out.
    I used to work traditionally but in the early 90's, the blood was on the wall sort to speak and if you did not get on the bus..... you were gonna starve.
    So saying all that.i work on a mac and a tablet...and messaround in a Corel program called Painter.
    It is the ONLY program in my mind that even comes close to mimicking traditional tools and weaponery of the good ole days.

    I take my ruff chosen, make the document at the specific size required(in this case,18x24 with a 1/4 bleed all round).Drop the lor-es ruff into place,scale it up to the size that suits me....and throw the opacity back to about 20% because I will be drawing on top of this on a layer.A layer a sheet of make believe digital paper that you work on top of.
    In Painter...I have many tools I have created..pens,pencils,pastels,oilbrushes,airbrushes,etc,etc.The program comes loaded with pre-set tools(A TON!) and i use them... but I really prefer to customize my own.(hey..I am a hotrodder...right?)
    So after the document is made and ready to go,I start to draw and ink.
    I should state, this is the old comic book style stuff... kinda i guess...I have done it many many times before.
    So you can see i start to ink and clean up the flying hotrod first(no reason.I just started there)


    As you see on the layers window(right side) I work in several layers and collapse them as time goes on..saving the document each time and renaming it.Why? I do this because if i go to far or screw up.I can then go back and start where I felt i messed up.
    Here is more progression of the inking.


    Moving along i continue to play out the line work and balance the art.I start to draw the foreground images and at any time I can move the different layers around to tweek the art as i feel it needs it.In the image below I turned up the opacity of my 1st ruff layer(I did two) to check how my compostion looked....

    [​IMG] can see the layers window and the different layer i have off and On.....


    Next I start inking the wheels and tires.... using elipse tools in painter.I can create any elipse or shape in this program and twist,turn or modify as i see fit.


    Filling in areas with a mask tool and using a stipple airbrush for an cheap parlor trick.


    Nearly finished inking and created a deep long shadow that gives the vehicle air and speed.


    On to the BG and remaining foreground.......
    Splatter brushes and Pens,chalks and airbrush..I use all i have at my side for this style and purpose of job. Nearly done the inking,I will then save this art (a version)for the T-SHIRT portion of the job when that comes time......


    At this point i am satisfied of the job so far for the print..... i am ready to throw color down and get some values down......
    I collaspe all the outstanding layers into one and turn the default to multiply.
    This lets the layer become transparent if you will and color can pass thru grey areas and solid white space.
    Throwing some color with an airbrush and pastel markers to begin with.....


    Plaing with the basic yella//blue combo(its suppose to be at night! ha ah ha)
    I start to lay it down...
    Getting more detail in the image....


    More coloring and detail.....


    Ok...lights on!...I have been up till now working under my black line image(on a layer or several) now I start some layers above the line work to work over top it.....More color and detail.....


    Nearly done!(gee... this sounds like one of them stupid TLC car shows!);)
    More color and detail......I will get the type apps ready after this......

    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011
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  2. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,275

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Ta daa!..all done and ready for the printer......

    I prepro all my work in Photoshop. cause its pretty much Universal.....

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  3. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,275

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    As I mentioned..... here is the shirt art as well.....
    But thats another story along the riverbank.....

    So..get your ass down to the Armory show and hang with the rusty nuts group.....
    And for gods sake.... buy a damn poster and shirt will ya!!!!!!



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  4. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

    Incredible skill. Thanks for posting.

  5. Awesome! I have a question, I do all my rough sketches with pencil and scan but recently I've been using sketchbook pro and my wacom... how do you get over the disconnect between your pen and hand on the tablet and the image up on the screen? Just practice?
  6. Wow Jeff,
    I have an even greater appreciation for your work now! Pretty cool!
  7. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    holy shit...
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  8. Master of None
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,279

    Master of None

    Thanks for showing whats behind the magic curtain!
  9. Kramer
    Joined: Mar 19, 2007
    Posts: 911


    Thanks for the how to.
  10. lockwoodkustoms
    Joined: Dec 22, 2005
    Posts: 3,910


    WOW!!!!!!!! Jeff you rule..........this is sweet to see it unfold. Thanks
  11. Doctor Detroit
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,019

    Doctor Detroit

    That's the coolest thing I have seen all day...
  12. Garrettero
    Joined: May 3, 2011
    Posts: 82

    from Mesa, AZ

    Damn, Man ---that's some talent!
  13. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,869


    Nice Jeff!!!!!
  14. DaddyO's..Deuce
    Joined: Jul 31, 2011
    Posts: 782

    from Missery

  15. slepe67
    Joined: Jan 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,146


    Thanks Jeff, as a fellow scribbler, I often asked myself HOW that type of computer art was done.

    You answered most of my questions. Guess what I'm getting for Xmas?
  16. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,032

    from Dublin, OH

    Just Plain Awsome, thanks for the how to, that I wish I understood!
    Artists are a unique breed, I know I bred two!
  17. skoh73
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,553


    Man, just sick. I used to live and breathe design and illustration and then it just fell away. I haven't done a serious piece of work in 15 years. Feels like a part of me is missing. Might need to pick up a pencil again...
  18. dirtbag13
    Joined: Jun 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,540


    wow thanks for sharing !
  19. Thanks so much for posting this Jeff. Very interesting. Sooo much talent.
  20. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    Awesome. Simply awesome. got em!
  21. Labold
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,219


    Good lord son, that is some serious talent.
  22. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,969

    from Tampa, FL

    Farm out. With all that computer stuff, you can knock these out in about an hour, right? Har har. Gary
  23. violet springs
    Joined: Apr 2, 2006
    Posts: 389

    violet springs

    Wow, that is awesome.
  24. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    Oh yeah. Pure awesomeness.

    Now to practice. :D

    iPhone - TJJ App
  25. Stone
    Joined: Nov 24, 2003
    Posts: 2,279


    That is so awesome. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
  26. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,057

    from California

    wow ... that's cool stuff. look at all those pens you got!! and an airbrush too!! I have pretty basic software I use for photos, doesn't have anything like that.

    what does a person look for when looking for a tablet? I've been thinking of getting one to play with so I can be the next big thing on the Friday Art show. I don't know anything about them.
    Joined: Jul 14, 2008
    Posts: 516


    Nicely done Jeff, That's a pretty cool font you ended up with and a nice treatment around the eight ball. Where do you find neat fonts like that? Did you bend the type, add outlines and things like that in the same drawing program? I was a little surprised you work at actual size. Does that limit the how big the art can be reproduced later? I'm assuming its pixel based and not vector. Thanks for sharing.
  28. Cshabang
    Joined: Mar 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,458


    YOU CHEATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ok fine...its amazing.
  29. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,885

    Alliance Vendor

    Of course your art is spectacular as is your drorring skills.....but, I'm in lust with the font....very COOL!
  30. damn that's cool! but I still have no idea how the hell you do it

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