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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. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,075

    Lone Star Mopar

    I always dig your style Jeff, nice work!
  2. I have always worked with trad tools, but im interested in this medium. Just prefer to do it the hard way. lol.
    One day i'll give it a try. Thanks for the insight.
  3. thishero
    Joined: Mar 12, 2009
    Posts: 149


    Very nice work Jeff, I'm a graphic artist, but I just can't do illustrating, and boy am I jealous of the talent you and others possess.
  4. ArtofHotRod
    Joined: Feb 26, 2008
    Posts: 467


    Jeff your work is Amazing
  5. Mojo
    Joined: Jul 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,862


    Really enjoyed that, thank you for posting it!
  6. Ricky B
    Joined: Jun 10, 2007
    Posts: 215

    Ricky B

    Thank you very much !!! I wish I had half the talent you have.
  7. daayum. Glad nobody was here to see how stupid I looked with my mouth hanging open. You have an amazing eye.
  8. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,016


    Wow - fantastic skills.
  9. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,275

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member does take some hand /eye getting used too.... after about a month.. you just get a feel.....
    Just like learning to drive with a clutch.......yes.just practice.
    some folks like the Cintiq....I don't care for it much.... big jobs don't work in real time..or so that' my exp.
  10. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,275

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    49/ There are many tablets at different price ranges....and you can usually test one out to see your comfort level....
  11. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,521

    from WA

    Really interested in the process images, as a forty year Artist and teacher I love the process stuff! Finished Products are great but the real grabby stuff happens in the doing and Jeff my friend YOU DO IT WELL! Great stuff and thanks for sharing it with us!
  12. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,275

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Thank you Bo.
    I have been collecting Fonts for years..some are spendy, some are cheap...
    I got many from ad agencys I used to work for.
    Yes. this is all Pixel based..i am not a Vector guy.... Can't really draw(me anyhow) in Vector programs.Saying that, guys like the late great Bill Drake(RIP) and Brian Stupski Have done amazing work in those based programs.
    Nowadays...everything is digitally printed.... I have done small images and the have blown up to Billboard size with zero problems.Not like 10 years ago.
    Quite a few concept art guys I know are doing things at very small sizes...blowing them up huge and printing on aluminum,steel,wood,etc,etc.., giant images...6-8 feet tall..... pretty neet stuff.
  13. Gaters
    Joined: Dec 29, 2007
    Posts: 564


    Ya know, I'm diggin your TLC, "How it's made" post. It's like getting the inside scoop from the Hot Rod version of Rembrandt! (I know, different medium, composition and style but I'm talkin talent).

    It's stunning to see your work at different stages throughout your process. Just magnificent!
  14. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,275

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    thanks guys.... glad you dig it and i hope it helps some of you guys....

    I gotta run.....The wolves are at the door.
  15. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    horrible subject, horrible picture, horrible tech and I hate you........
  16. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,677


    Man Jeff, thanks for taking the time to post this. Every time I see a piece of your work I think "damn, I wish I could do that". I went to art school in the 70's after getting out of the military, and was pretty good with the old tools, but couldn't really make a decent enough living at it after my kids came along especially with computers changing everything, so I sort of abandoned art altogether.
    Your work always makes me think I should give it another try, this time just for fun. I've been trying to teach myself on an old version of photoshop with pretty disappointing results. Maybe it's time I look into Corel and get serious. I'll never match your talent, but it might be fun to try.
    Thanks again for the post, very inspiring.
  17. kmc777
    Joined: Aug 8, 2010
    Posts: 59

    from sedaliamo

    Would you consider adopting a 43 year old and show him everything you know.If you would I'm available . Its truly amazing to see how your work is done. Thanks for sharing
  18. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Such a wealth of knowledge. Thanks Jeff!!! I do a similar workflow but I've been stuck in illustrator and photoshop but I might just try Coral painter. I've been working on doing more and more hot rod stuff in my free time so you tutorial is very helpful. Thanks dude!
  19. 43gman
    Joined: Jan 19, 2009
    Posts: 187

    from NC

    Very nice work, Jeff, thanks for sharing your process with us minions. The best part is the "inside" information as to how it all comes about! Sweet!
  20. cuznbrucie
    Joined: May 1, 2005
    Posts: 2,567


    Holy Mack'l, Andy!!
  21. HomemadeHardtop57
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
    Posts: 4,227


    thanks for sharing do such nice work
  22. FunnyCar65
    Joined: Mar 11, 2007
    Posts: 2,075

    from Colorado

    Almost didn't open the thread.I though the title said "How I'm Drawn to Rusty Nuts"was afraid Jeff was spilling his guts about a fetish for old men.Glad I did though your how too's are a great read Mr. Norwell.
  23. Dammit, Jeff! Why'd you have to come up with a coupla really awesome designs again??? I wanna see some of the terrific hot rods that will be at Jalopyrama 8. Now, I'll be stuck at the merchandise tent all day hawkin' those awesome posters and T-Shirts!!! :D:D All kidding aside, those are absolutely awesome creations!!!!
  24. jlouie
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 182


    Cool. The behind the scenes makes it really sweet to see. Keep the work coming Jeff.
  25. Davyj
    Joined: Jul 11, 2011
    Posts: 442


    Jeff, great insight into what makes a neat poster! Thanks for sharing!
  26. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    Outstanding work. How can those of us that are on the left coast get a poster & T-Shirt without attending?
  27. slickhale
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 770

    from Phoenix

    i love this stuff. when "hot rod artists" draw cars in motion there is a very fine line between cool and contrived, you nailed this one. the exhaust flame is the detail that sets it apart. you keep showing off stuff like this and i'm gonna have to try to do it myself if for no other reason than the process looks fascinating. keep threads like these coming. and i'm with hotrod40coupe......i want a shirt.
  28. GARY?
    Joined: Aug 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,626


    Just plain cool.

    thanks a heep!
  29. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,038

    1. 60s Show Rods

    Damn thats awesome.. you make it look so easy...
  30. drivewaycustoms
    Joined: Nov 6, 2007
    Posts: 490

    from waldorf,MD

    the poster is awesome, I have a spot in the rec room saved for it with the other Jalopyrama posters.

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