Friday, 25 May 2007

This'll put the wind in yer willows!

















A 1931 Cadilac V16 roadster that Mr. Toad would be mighty proud of.
One nifty feature of this car was the lower headlights that turned in the direction the car was steered.
This drawing was originally done as a self-inflicted challenge - to create a black on black image.
I find it interesting how the eye tends to fill in the blanks.
(Coloured pencil on black illustration board - 30cm x 20cm)
Click on the image to enlarge.

26 comments:

Lou said...

Incredible detail for colored pencil. I have never been able to come close to that kind of detail. I thought it was a photograph at first glance.

Great job and great car!

Eoin said...

Wow Richard! Astounding! You are an incredibly versatile artist, congrats on another excellent submission!

trudette said...

Awesome. great drawing.

radiantwoman said...

wow, what is the brand of the pencil!!! It is looking absolutely stunning. I love your car.

aarph said...

Hi Radiantwoman,
I use Derwent Studio coloured pencils made by Rexel Cumberland, an electric pencil sharpener, and a sandpaper block to keep the pencils as sharp as possible. A smooth drawing surface also helps.

Thanks so much for your comments,
Richard.

Valeriannah said...

Way cool!

Mick said...

You succeeded. This is masterful in a medium that can be so unforgiving in the wrong hands.

Janice said...

you are my hero.... *eyes twinkling*... everyweek a new method..! different type of challenge to yourself..This is one..Pencil crayon.. (holding my hands out with fingers in a crosssign... protecting myself here.. ) I am "still" resisting ... but I sure can admire it.. !!!!
Great stuff.... Now.. I had better get cracking..on my own submission!

bookbabie said...

Wow, that is one great drawing Richard, bravo:)

platinum blonde said...

this is quite impressive

tt_b said...

ha! thanks for your comments AND... I can't believe your picture... it looks like mine before I did the cropping... I should post my whole car to show you what I mean!

Love your drawing it's brilliant!

Connie McLennan said...

Unbelievable rendering on this one. Your blog is most entertaining.

Fossfor said...

this is superb! I use Derwent pencils too,they are a pleasure to draw with. i also love the Van gogh pencils, have you tried them?

imwithsully said...

I too try a medium and different technique when I can. I admire anyone else who does the same to break out of their comfort zone. I'm surprised you have time to do these amazing works on the side.

Rick Lovell said...

Yowza. Beautiful car, excellent rendering.

georg said...

great car - great illo!

Juan Carlos Hernández said...

Very good. I like it.

AndyDoodler said...

Wow!!!...!

JaKo said...

WOW ! Stunning work !

janie said...

blody hell I thought I was looking at a photo, incredable work.

tusen said...

Stunning is a good word to describe your beautiful picture, I think. And I love the idea with black background.

Greg Hartman said...

Great work Richard! I love the reflections you captured in the fenders, just an all around great drawing!

Anonymous said...

just really incredible...

platitudinal said...

Beautifully done! Amazing what you can create with color pencils!

Bromond said...

Simply amazing!!! Like 'lou', I also thought it was a photograph. I am still trying to convince myself it isn't. I had to run and show my young budding artist daughter. I let her look at it without the caption below the drawing. She was blown away when it was revealed it was not a photograph. Awesome piece.

Andrew Moir said...

Wow, this is a great illustration! Very intimidating. :) Great, great work!