Saturday, November 8, 2014

DYNOMAX-CAMPBELL ENT. "RACEBULLETT".

I can finally unveil a CAR-toon which kept me very busy until a few weeks ago.
Made for Dynomax Performance Exhaust and dedicated to the beautiful race truck built and run by Shannon Campbell - Campbell Racing , the #racebullet

Printed as sticker and signed by Shannon Campbell himself at the #sema2014 show for all the fans!

:-)

M


Friday, October 31, 2014

MACHINEHEAD RACING: work in progress.

I started the definitive drawing today, based on sketch #1.
Col-Erase pencil on paper.

Smooth and sweet!!

[Halestorm: The Strange Case Of... - full album]


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TSUDA RACING: samurai drivers and pencil lineart.

This was another tough one, but I'm close to the end.
Things went a little out of focus during the last weeks,
I went through the preliminary sketches, then I changed the original concept I had in my mind a little, yet sticking to the idea of the rampant pose, trying to give the effect the buggy is launching or popping a wheelie, in the "twisted style" of cartoon I love so much.

Then it was time to add the crew, driver and co-driver, and it took several rough sketches to get a result I was happy with.

Last step was to add the correct tread to the Falken tires...the biggest pain in the butt ever!
I'm still squeezing my brain to develop a proper method to achieve this, and hopefully I'm on the right path...

M



Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Long John Silver project.

This is something I did time ago but had to keep secret, until today :-)
Editor John Herrick of CRAWL magazine asked me a custom logo for a project vehicle based on his on Jeep, nicknamed "Long John Silver".
The idea was to portrait him with a pirate hat and cutlasses to stay on theme.

Here's the preliminary digital sketch on which I later designed the vector logo, and the sticker which was cut and applied on sides of the Jeep.

M




                                                                             


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Back to the TSUDA RACING buggy.

I'm finally back on the track and I'm working on some preliminary sketches for the Tsuda boys.
I have the final image in mind (90% at least), but I still prefer to try a couple of poses.

More soon!

M


Saturday, June 7, 2014

THE GAVEL.

This was an exciting, top secret and "last minute" project for DrivingLine, which saw me in front of a screen for several days and nights, often scratching my head and kicking my bum...until I finally made it!
(PHEW!)
Check it out:
http://www.drivingline.com/2014/06/the-gavel-comes-to-life/

The "Gavel" is the latest creature of Jason Scherer (rockcrawling champion and 2009 King Of The Hammers) and his team Rage 4th Racing.
You can find all details about this amazing buggy on DrivingLine, here:
http://www.drivingline.com/2014/05/jason-scherer-2014-ultra4-build-thread-1/ 

I'm sooo stoked!!!
Special thanks to Kristin Kline, aka Grease Girl, who made it happen!
http://www.greasegirl.com/

:-)

M






Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TSUDA RACING!

Brothers Masanori and Naozumi Tsuda own and run their own shop in Nara, Japan.
Other than building rock crawling courses and offroad vehicles, they compete in the King Of The Hammers with their Jimny-inspired buggy, along with co-driver Daiten Izumi.

A few weeks ago they asked me to create a custom car-toon of their vehicle :-)
so stay tuned; soon (cough) on this screen!

It will be fun
^___^

M




Monday, May 12, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Toyota truggy - pencil lineart.

Final lineart after a couple of minor tweaks.
I also added the coil at the rear axle (whoups) and slightly changed the position of the passenger's side front tire.

M

[Soundtrack: In This Moment, random tracks


Friday, May 2, 2014

Back after the Easter break.

I enjoyed the Easter holidays, spending a week or more out in the countryside,
meeting friends and wheeling (finally).

Meanwhile, I've also been working on a couple of things I cannot share (yet),
and I've been mumbling over and over the Toyota truggy cartoon which gave me so much headache.

I went back to the drawing "board" (there's no board, actually) with renewed enthusiasm (and massive doses of Halestorm), and finally today I came up with this.
Still a lot of work to be done, but I think to be on the right track again.

M

[Soundtrack: Evanescence, Fallen

Monday, April 14, 2014

Toyota truggy.

This is another project which has been waiting in line for too much (sorry!).
After a few wrong sketches, I did this today, which may put me on the right track.

The truck is a 1st generation Toyota 4 Runner "truggy" and it's nicknamed "Boah".


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Birthday present drawing.

I did this for my friend Alessandro who's a comic artist for "TEX".
Drawing cowboys is fun!

Col-Erase pencil on A4 copier paper.



Thursday, March 20, 2014

MS Land Rover 90 V8: two sketches.

Once finished the FJ-40 cartoon,
I went back to the Land Rover 90 V8 for Nigel at Megasquirt UK.
After the first warm-up sketch and a couple of emails, we agreed to visualize the 90 in its natural environment, so mud/water (the Megasquirt system makes a Rover V8 waterproof), rocks and a few trees in the background maybe, to "frame" the cartoon.

I threw a small thumbnail sketch on paper (which I didn't share here), that I soon left behind as I wanted to try something "different" with the shape of the Land Rover, and the result is the digital rough on the left.
The feedback from Nige was far from positive, so back to the drawing table (or better, the Wacom tablet)...I played a little with the original thumbnail and added a twist here and there, and came up with sketch #5 (shown on the right side), duly approved and now being "transferred" on paper.

Quite a difference between the "before" and "after", and a little hint of the time spent with "thinking cap" on, which people can't see.

M


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

FJ-40 cartoon for TCT Magazine.

Winsor & Newton black Indian ink and brush on paper (210x297 mm).
Digitally painted.

I did this cartoon for the "Toyota Cruisers And Trucks" magazine.
TCT magazine will be at the Cruise Moab event at the end of April with T-shirts available!
Get yours!
Check it out:
www.tctmagazine.net



Monday, March 3, 2014

Back to the FJ-40 cartoon.

Priorities first.
After an awful weekend I took a big breath and went back to the drawing board, or, better, my Wacom tablet.

I've been trying to throw the desire to get everything "right" at the first attempt behind me,
because of the stress and frustration level were rising up to the roof, and I'm forcing myself to focus on the sheer pleasure which comes from drawing.
Again, keeping it loose, and searching for good lines hidden in the empty space.

I think I'm getting close to what I have in mind for this FJ.

M

[Judas Priest - Genocide]