I'm often asked who my influences, as far as drawing/designing hot rods have been, and I've got a pretty decent (if not varied) list. Naturally, Thom Taylor, as he was really the first artist I made the conscious connection to hot rod design and a career with
the guy's stuff is amazing! Charlie Smith was another, and aside from being a great friend, he's the one who opened my eyes to creating my work with the mixed media of traditional tools (pencils, opens, markers, air brush) with the digital tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc)
Darrell Mayabb, and so many more!
What's really interesting with these guys, though, has always been the trouble finding their work online.
A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to have met and become good friends with my hero Charlie Smith. The guy was always, in my mind, somewhere just beyond the realm of mere mortals
Yet, we hit it off, and quickly became just a couple of guys who happen to design hot rods (and other stuff, too!).
In any event, I thought that the automotive-minded artists and designers here would really dig Charlie's site and community Motorburg. Charlie and the also-legendary Ed Newton (yes, THAT Ed Newton!) had started Motorburg ([link]
with the intention of "drawing" (sorry for the pun) together a community of artists and car nuts in one laid-back place.
What's great is that the forums and site are frequented by guys like Thom Taylor, Darrell Mayabb, Gregg Tedder, Jimmy Smith, Ralph Burch and so many more! I'm stoked to be an Associate Artist there, and able to "rub elbows" with artists I have always respected and admired
and I'm passing this info on to the talented folks here, as well, so that everyone can see what a great industry we're in, and how cool it is to just talk cars and art with pro's and hobbyists alike!
Man, had this existed when I was a kid drawing on notebooks back in the '80's, well
who knows where it would have all gone! Anyway, hope you'll take some time and check it out, and even join in as it grows over there
Good times indeed!