Creating Vector Artwork on a Budget

Want try your skills creating cool vector artwork but don’t want to spend a lot of money on software to get started? Try taking a look at this posting I found called “20 Vector Graphics Editors Reviewed“. Some of the software listed is free to download!

I use Adobe Illustrator to create my artwork but I have done a little work with Inkscape, which is on the list. What vector programs have you tried?

A Hot Pair Of TATAs

Check out these hot pair of TATAs! This is concept artwork I did of the new TATA Nano. The TATA Nano has been introduced as the world’s cheapest car and will be launched in India sometime around 2008.


When I first heard about the Nano, I thought to myself what would one of these small, cheap, gas-savers look like all tricked out. So I drew two of them with custom paint, custom wheels, and a lowered suspension. I also modified the front of the orange and black Nano between the fog lights.

I thought that since I was doing concept art of a new model it might be a good idea not to make too many body modifications. Doing too many modifications on a new model could make it unrecognizable since it hasn’t been seen a lot by the public.


Tata Nano

So you might ask, why create concept art of what is being called the world’s cheapest car? Well, I remember reading that the spirit of hot rodding is to take what has been manufactured from the car companies and in one way or the other, improve it. It seems that you can take almost any model ever made and find one that has been modified, so why not the Nano?


Below is more information about the Nano from TATA’s website.


“The Nano is rear-wheel drive and it has an all-aluminum, two-cylinder engine. Its tailpipe emission performance exceeds regulatory requirements and in terms of overall pollutants, it has a lower pollution level than two-wheelers being manufactured in India today. The name ‘Nano’ was chosen as it denotes high technology and small size.”


What are some of the other cars out there you would like to see customized?


Steve Lyman and the Dodge Ram SRT-10 Artwork

In creating automotive art, I have had the opportunity to meet some interesting people. One of these people is Steve Lyman. Steve is the person you see driving the SRT-10 in the artwork I did for Sport Truck Magazine.

Dodge Ram SRT-10 Artwork

Sport Truck presented this artwork to Steve as an award, when he was at Chrysler. It is the first time that Sport Truck Magazine presented a “Performance Truck of the Year” award.

Recently Steve emailed me to catch up and to let me know what he is doing now. He has since retired from Chrysler and is now Founder and President of All American Dynamics, LLC.

I found it really interesting reading about his background from his web site. Steve has had positions such as vehicle development engineer, test driver, vehicle dynamics department manager, vehicle dynamics specialist, and vehicle dynamics executive consultant. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, he has also led the chassis development programs for vehicles such as the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve Supercar, Dodge Viper SRT-10, Dodge Ram SRT-10, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8, Dodge Ram T-REX 6X6, Plymouth Prowler, Jeep Wrangler TJ, and Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ. He is also an owner/driver of enduro and sprint karts, midgets, and open wheel formula cars.

On his web site his company offers a lot of different services and the last one listed is Driver Coaching. The reason I pointed this out is that Steve has some videos listed on his site and one of them has him driving around this test track. Test track driving is a skill in itself but what I found so interesting is that Steve keeps calmly talking through the whole run. I know I would have stopped talking to focus on driving after “GO”. Watch the video below to see it for yourself.

Now that’s what I call skill!!! If that is any indicator of the Driver Coach lessons, you can imagine the level of expertise on his other services.

Steve also has on his site this cool video of the SRT-10 going through the motions on a performance track.

Steve tells me that the print I did for Sport Truck Magazine continues to hang in the SRT main conference room in Auburn Hills, along with the many of trophies and framed magazine covers that SRT has received over recent years.

See Steve’s new business named All American Dynamics, LLC at

You can purchase a special limited print of the same Dodge Ram SRT-10 artwork, which is hanging in Auburn Hills.

Super Fast Drawing Video

I ran across this video of someone drawing a Mustang the other day and thought what a great way to promote your artwork. Of course, the artist isn’t actually drawing that fast. What they are doing is drawing at normal speed and then playing it back really fast.

I found out that this artwork took 13 hours to do and was done by pencil artist Eivind Josefsen from Norway. He has a site called Drawing Studio where he has other drawings and tutorials.

Video is something I am interested in doing. Have you seen any other automotive drawing videos like this or maybe you have done one yourself?

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1949 Cadillac Club Coupe Artwork

This is artwork I created of a 1949 Cadillac Series 62 two-door Club Coupe, also called a Sedanette. I started this piece at home, but ended up doing most of the vector line art while traveling on the road in California.

1949 Cadillac Artwork

The Cadillac Sedanette is a beautiful car with a striking fastback body design. This fastback design is what inspired me and so naturally it became the focal point of the piece. Below are some various images to show you some of the detail.

1949 Cadillac Artwork Details

Some interesting facts about the 1949 Cadillac Club Coupe is that about 7,515 were made and they sold for $2,966 each. Maximum speed was 100 mph and gas mileage around 12 to 20 miles per gallon. The Cadillac Motor Division was given Motor Trend’s first “Car of the Year” award in 1949. Another interesting item is that the gas filler on these cars are hidden under left tail light.

Due to the long low look of these cars, they make great subjects for customizing. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top used a 1949 Cadillac Club Coupe for his customized car called “CadZZilla”. You can see CadZZilla near the end of the “Double-Back” video below, from the movie “Back to the Future 3”.

Posters of the 1949 Cadillac Club Coupe artwork can be found on my main art site. See my other Cadillac artwork which includes “Fins – 1960 Cadillac“, “1958 Cadillac” and a “1959 Cadillac“.

Cadillacs of all models are great subjects for Automotive Artwork. What Cadillac year/model inspire you to do create artwork?

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