With the posting of this classic Jaguar, this little project is done. The Jag marks the end of a baker’s dozen. Since my vacation ends today, I’m not sure I’ll have time to work on any more of these for a while.
I am in the process of putting together a how to post on the way I created the series, from sketches to final art. As soon as I get it edited and compiled I’ll post it. In addition to this post, all 13 images will now have their own page look for a page addition in the menu at the top.
This little series of digital paintings made with ArtRage for the iPad is coming to an end. I have. Vintage 60’s Jag, and the Brabham Martini F1 started. I hope to finish by January 1, but realistically it might not happen. Each one of these take quite a bit of time to research, sketch, create the detail drawing, and then paint out, so if the Brabham isn’t done by the end of the month I hope you’ll understand.
Today’s ArtRage Motor Sports auto is a classic early 60’s Ferrari, in non-Ferrari colors.
Tonight after all the Christmas guests left, I finished up yet another Porsche while watching “Elf”. The two have nothing in common. “Elf” simply supplied background noise, and a few laughs while I worked away on the iPad.
Here we have the tenth in the series. The 1955 Mercedes Benz W196 Monoposto Formula One Car. I’m stopping the series at the end of December so I’ll probably only get two more completed before then. I have an Alfa in the works, and the infamous 1975 Brabham Martini Formula 1 car.
As I go through the process of creating these images, I’m struggling between two styles. Loose and painterly, vs tight and controlled with a ton of detail. I have to admit, I like the looser, more painterly look, but I’m also drawn to the accuracy and detail of the other… I need to find a middle ground. This illustration of a late 1950’s Porsche Spider might be a start. Only time and practice will tell.
The last post in this series was of Wolfgang von Trips, in a late 1950’s Ferrari. In the post I talked a bit about the book “The Limit” and it’s focus on the rivalry between fellow teammates von Trips and American Phil Hill. This is an image of Hill from the same period. I felt it was fitting to have the drivers in similar era cars, since they were friends as well as rivals on team Ferrari.
In 1961 Phil Hill won the Monza Grand Prix, the first Grand Prix win for an American driver in nearly forty years. In the same race his rival and friend Wolfgang von Trips was killed in a violent accident that claimed the lives of 14 spectators as well. The victory for Hill was bittersweet, and two years later he would leave Ferrari after 6 years of service to join ATS a team founded by ex Ferrari engineers. Two years later he joined the Cooper team where he lasted until 1967 when he retired from Formula 1 all together.
I recently finished the book “The Limit” which I have mentioned in this series of posts over the last few weeks. One of the main subjects in the book, deals with the inner team rivalry between American Phil Hill, and German Wolfgang von Trips. Both drove for the Ferrari team, but were in many ways pitted against each other by Ferrari himself.
The image below is based on a publicity photo for the Ferrari team. I’m sure the photo was staged with a slower moving car staged to come into the line of site as it approached the photographer. It was typical for the period. One thing about it, it sets up a great composition, and while it feels a bit staged it does capture von Trips in action.
The image is from 1959/60. It shows the classic front engine Ferrari of the era. Once again, the cars have no seat belts. They average 150 miles per hour, and life taking wrecks were common on the racing circuit each year. Less than two years after the original photo was taken, von Trips would lose his life at the 1961 Monza Grand Prix, when his car careened off the track killing von Trips and 11 spectators in the stands.