This vector illustration was a long time in the making. It's a little more personal than the rest, because this is an illustration of my car. The headlights were worked over and over again to try to balance style with realism. Plus, since this is such a dramatic crop in comparison with the others, it was important to spend a lot of time on the chrome on the bumper and the headlight bezels. The Bonneville is over 18 feet long. The long horizontal format pays homage to a very fine land yacht.
I've decided to continue with this style. I really like it, and I haven't seen anybody else doing this. Automotive art only seems to have a few distinct styles, and I don't really care for any of them.
This was composed in Adobe Illustrator. It's all vector art, but I started from a photograph. There's still evidence of the auto trace feature in there, but a lot less than you may think. For those of you not "in the know," auto trace isn't a feature you draw autos with. It's a feature in Illustrator that turns a photo into vector art. It may sound a lot like cheating, but I'm not. It takes a lot of fine tuning and retracing to get the look you want. It is a great starting point however.
The plan right now is to start printing these directly onto stainless steel. I think they'll look amazing, and hopefully a few potential buyers will too. A new blog is on it's way, dedicated to selling automotive art. Check back soon!