Sunday, April 24, 2016

Live Your Dreams

Happy Sunday, fellow humans! I'm sitting here this morning having coffee looking at the beach (as I do most mornings), but reflecting a bit more then usual. My morning routine is far from routine, but I like to use some of my wake up time to remind myself that we're lucky to be here, and all the hard work and chaotic times were worth it. We definitely have worked very hard to be here and have accomplished a lot in a short time, but for once, I'm looking more forwards then backwards. Which strangely has me looking backwards as well- in this case to when we originally set our goals and assessing how the journey has been. I don't believe I've ever written about it but I'd like to share this part of our journey:

Just over 4 years ago my wife Caity and I left our Maryland lives behind to move to California to start on a new adventure in our lives in hopes of a fresh start moving forward. Sounds like a fairy tale, right? It gets better- we bought 1 way plane tickets 2 weeks before we left, brought with us only what we could fit into 2 backpacks, and headed to Cali with no jobs lined up, no car, and no for sure place to live. We put all out ambition into Plan A and never once considered a back up plan. Many of the people we knew and worked with back east had told us how badly we would fail at this idea, but we didn't need anyone's approval to live our dreams. And much of that negativity is what we wanted to get away from in the 1st place anyways. We landed in Santa Ana, destined for Huntington Beach- a place I had visited a few years earlier checking out an art school and fell in love with the area. We got our rental car and headed out on to the roads of Orange County to check out the area while the sun was still up. Later that evening we met some people via a Craigslist ad looking for roommates that we would end up living with for a few months and becoming great friends. Our 1st week here both Caity and I landed jobs- me at a local hot rod shop as an apprentice, and Caity at Disney Land. Both pretty sweet jobs, I think! The same week I bought us a 1974 Vw Beetle as our everyday transportation which added quite a bit to the fun of life (this Vw was in no way in concourse condition, but never left us stranded). This was just the beginning of our fresh start.

I'll share what progressed next in another reflection post, but what I wanted to really get at is that we were able to hit the ground running here despite what people were telling us. In our 1st week here we got right in to the groove of life and have been working hard ever since. Our lives are quite a bit different now, but the route is commitment to success, just as it always has been. I'm not saying quit your job to become a rock star (which you are more then welcome to do), I'm saying you can be anything you want to be if you are truly driven by it. No matter what, there is going to be a lot of practice, trial and error, new people, new bosses, new everything- you just have to stick with it with your goal in mind. It's easy to get distracted or discouraged when you see how well someone else is doing or you don't see progress as fast as you'd like, but life is a journey- you have to see it all the way thru. 

And to digress to my original statement about looking forward today rather then looking back (although I've now spent a lot of time looking back)- With such a fun journey to get here, I am super excited about what is ahead of us. While our goals were clear, we still could have never predicted where it would ultimately land us. And now as we've met so many of our biggest goals, it's time to create new seemingly impossible goals to work towards.

One of my favorite quotes of all times about success, and is something I agree with very much:

"There's no reason to have a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A"
-Will Smith

Have a great Sunday, everyone! Feel free to share some of your stories with us- we always love to hear about the journeys of others!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Quick Sketch & Render to start the day; Dodge Viper

Quick sketch & render to start the day here of what a Dodge Viper might look like in a parallel universe. This is also a good example of why I think versatility is very important; With the amount of tools available now it seems unwise to limit yourself to only those tools you understand best. Branch out, try new things, try new mediums, and make mistakes- it's all part of learning. I think there's a lot of misconception about staying true to a medium, technique or style and this is part of what limits some people from doing more then what people already recognize of them. I think medium and technique changes are a fantastic display of knowledge, and in the design & render world versatility is really important right now. I work with a number of builders that prefer a digital platform for their renderings to give some design flexibility and space to make changes more easily. I also work with lots of builders who prefer a hand drawn traditional illustration- it's all personal preference, but if you havent opened your mind to the idea that you can offer your services in a variety of ways, wake up! When I do my digital renderings I am using a Wacom Cintiq which allows me to use a pen directly on to the screen where I select marker & airbrush tools to create artwork that very much has the look and feel of what I would do on paper. The bigger advantage at times is complete range of colors (im not limited to what markers are available) and no dry times so I can put in a dynamic, saturated background to enhance the concept with no apprehension. With that said, the digital platform isnt yet my go-to, even tho I do it regularly when jobs call for it. But as the technology improves I will likely get more involved with it to keep up with the times and because I love learning new things.

Okay I'm done ranting- just remember to try new things and dont be discouraged if you dont get it on the 1st try! 

Monday, March 28, 2016

2013 Camaro Sketch & Render

Working on a quick render this morning of the 2013 Camaro Convertible sketch I posted last week. Since I sorted out quite a bit in my initial sketch, the final render went much faster as I already knew where to place everything. Although it seemed like I spent a little more time then usual doing some basic shading on the blue pencil sketch (which I rarely do), it saved me any time I would have spent thinking about how I was going to light & shade my final render. It's just like picking out all the markers, paints and tools I'm going to use before I get started- now I have everything I need to move forward 1 time, which is ultimately the biggest time saver. As far as lighting & shading goes, I always create what I call my own "Lighting Model" to simplify the shapes & contours in the render rather then complicate them with unnecessary reflection 'noise' that you might see in a lot of photographs. The lessons here, Less= More, and planning saves time. And of course, always have fun, and never stop learning.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! What a great excuse to share something green and give some love to the air cooled cars like this 66 Corvair Fastback concept from a little while back. I'm actually quite an air cooled enthusiast- I have a 69 Vw roadster as a daily driver and own 2 Corvairs. I really love the styling of the Corvair's and am always considering options for if I were to modify one of mine. Originally done using Markers & Airbrushed acrylics on Marker Paper.

Carry on with St. Patricksy things.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

For Truck Tuesday- New 1953 Ford F100 Print

For Truck Tuesday we've just added a new print at a new size- the custom 1953 Ford F100 is now available as a standard print size of 8.5"x11".

The concept for the rendering is based off the idea of a beefed up farm truck- lowered on red wheels w/ over sized caps sporting spinner caps wrapped in wide whites, side exhaust, slight roof chop, no bumpers, and smoothed roll pan style front end. The orignal rendering was done using markers & airbrushed acrylics on marker paper.

The 8.5"x11" prints are on a smooth heavy weight matte paper and are sharp & vibrant.
Available for just $20 (includes shipping within the USA) these are signed & numbered out of 50.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

For Mustang Monday- 65 Fastback/Racecar

The concept for this rendering is based off of a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback and incorporates some modern touches as well as some classic ones. Gt 500-E Front Bumper, Blot On Fender Flares, Side Exhaust, Shelby Hood Scoop, Shelby Side Scoops, Adjustable Rear Spoiler, American Racing Wheels with Spinner Caps, finished with a 2 toned Black & Red Paint Job. The Original rendering was done by hand using Markers & Airbrushed Acrylics on Marker Paper.

12"x24" Signed & Numbered Prints are available and done on a Heavy Weight Matte Smooth Archival Paper that allow the reproductions to be as rich, true, and clean as the original. They are carefully rolled in a wide diameter tube for shipment and come signed &numbered out of 100. Prints are also done in house to assure consistency with the original as well as quality.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Happy "Fry Day"! NEW Futurama Print

Having a killer day here and to celebrate "Fry Day" we're offering a very limited run of our new "Fry Day Special" 11"x14" prints that are Signed & Numbered out of just 50 for $20.

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