Amazing dirty car art

Posted: September 24, 2010 in Inspiration
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This image featuring Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa” with Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” is shown at its peak. These images drawn in the dust are obviously quite impermanent. One of the cool things about them is how they change over time. More dust accumulates as the car is driven down the road. Early morning dew streaks and dots the image, creating a patina. A light shower creates a deeper patina…

Mona Lisa – Starry Night: Peak

Amazing dirty car art

Here’s a detail from the previous image. You can see a little streaking from early morning dew. This image was worked on in three sessions, with more dust accumulating between sessions. That’s when the drawings really seem to take on life, with a much greater range of values.

Mona Lisa – Starry Night: Detail, peak

Amazing dirty car art

And now for something totally different. This guy just sorta appeared, I guess. The dust wasn’t very thick, but enough to do a drawing. The light spots and specks are places where tree sap fell and dust stuck to it.

Elf Dude

Amazing dirty car art

Saw Uncle Albert on the cover of a magazine and thought he might appreciate the relativity of dirty car art…

Impermanent Albert

Amazing dirty car art

My cat Squeek wanted to express himself on Albert’s forehead. I had walked out one morning to finish this piece, and found Squeek had beat me to it. Now, if a cat can do it, what are you waiting for? Dust art is for everyone.

Albert with Paw Print

Amazing dirty car art

A friend confided to me that this is his least favorite of my dust drawings to date. For a cartoony thing, there’s a lot of unhappiness, here. This is one of the very first dust drawings where I explored the use of a fan brush to get intermediate tones. Mostly finger and fingernail for the linework. I’d better say right here that my lovely wife, Robin, is not a nag. Never. Really.

The Nag

Amazing dirty car art

Detail of “The Nag.” You can really see the texture of the dust. It’s rarely an even coating, and tree sap and dew and wind and mist and all sorts of things will give it a great patina. You can also see how I’ve worked back into the drawing, after the original accumulated more dust. This really helps build the range of values.

The Nag: Detail

Amazing dirty car art

From inside the car. With a light background, the image looks like a negative, but here the background was dark and the sun was shining full onto the rear window. Kinda like being at the movies. Well, a boring one, anyway.

The Nag: Inside

Amazing dirty car art

Why the hell not? Kinky’s our man for Texas Governor. Let’s get Kinky in Austin!

Let’s Get Kinky IN Austin

Amazing dirty car art

Step two, I lay out the drawing. I’m using a rubber ‘paint shaper’ tool. I’m looking at a copy of C.M. Coolidge’s ‘A Friend In Need,’ his great illustration, c. 1870, that inspired many subsequent poker playing dog paintings.

Poker Dogs: Lining It Out

Amazing dirty car art

Adding the shading. The lighter tones are hard to achieve, since even the lightest stroke with the brush takes most of the dust off. Later, when more dust has built up, what was once very dark, will be a lighter “gray” shade. I mostly use a fan brush, and sometimes camelhair watercolor brushes, and bristle brushes for effect.

Poker Dogs: Coming Along

Amazing dirty car art

Poker Dogs: Closer

Amazing dirty car art

Toobin’

Amazing dirty car art

Texas Critters

Amazing dirty car art

Happy Holidays

Amazing dirty car art

Señor Kelso

Amazing dirty car art

Smokin’ Lady

Amazing dirty car art

Poker Dogs: Detail, The Boxer

Amazing dirty car art

Poker Dogs: Detail, Collie

Amazing dirty car art

Amazing dirty car art

Trapped!

Amazing dirty car art

Amazing dirty car art

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Amazing dirty car art

Amazing dirty car art

The Ecstasy of Pop-N-Fresh

Amazing dirty car art

Him & Her

Amazing dirty car art

The Birth Of Venus

Amazing dirty car art

The Birth Of Venus: detail

Amazing dirty car art

Hill Country Steinway

Amazing dirty car art

Amazing dirty car art

Texas Women: Detail, Barbara J

Amazing dirty car art

Pet Fest

Amazing dirty car art

Pet Fest: Detail, pig

Amazing dirty car art

Mexican Freetail (posted on Halloween day – cool, huh?)

Amazing dirty car art

Bob’s 70th

Amazing dirty car art

Bob’s 70th: detail

Amazing dirty car art

Amazing dirty car art

Hill Country Deer

Amazing dirty car art

Cpl. Robert Zane Childress, Iraq

Amazing dirty car art

Ronaldinho Gaúcho

Amazing dirty car art

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