Archive for April, 2014

MG TD Limited Edition Illustration

Newson April 15th, 2014Comments Off on MG TD Limited Edition Illustration

The most recent illustration in my continuing series of MG cars.  This effort combines more of the classic cutaway style of ghosting in the exterior panels (and some of the other components as well) with my signature, cross action technique. This development of style not only highlights the mechanical components but helps maintain the exterior shapes that are so much a part of the marque giving the illustration a more finished appearance as well as ties back to the heritage of classic cutaways.

Of special interest are the timbers—an integral component of the TD and earlier TC and “Y” and “A” MGs. It’s just so much of what makes a TD a TD that to not show it would have been criminal. The level of detail in the illustration reflects the level of detail in the car itself—from the octagonal medallions on each of the wheels to the signature emblem on the radiator and horn push. It’s all there.

How to Draw A Cutaway

Newson April 15th, 2014Comments Off on How to Draw A Cutaway

Recently I was chided for not having, in the opinion of the chider, sufficiently protected my illustration work from potential neer-do-wells…even though all of it is covered copyright and the logo is a registered trademark. I was a bit bewildered by the remark…and also a bit irked so, in reply I said, “You know you’re right. Anyone with a solid working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, above average mechanical knowledge, and about 40 years of experience could whip one of these out in about 150 hours or so.”

But it got me thinking about putting together a simple DIY spoof on the whole business. Like many ideas, this one never went anywhere until…a customer who I often share pre-publish drawings with remarked on how cool the PDF file I sent him was. The files are large and it seemed his computer couldn’t open the file all at once but did so in layers. Kind of like fanning a deck of cards. The effect was as if he was watching me build the illustration. Well that sealed the deal and I knew I just had to try and make it into a video clip. Turn the sound up. The music is a hoot.

So, without any further adieu…