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1960 Ford Starliner illustration
1967 Ford Mustang - I wanted to create something quite striking with this illustration, and try to bring out its stunning and recogniseable lines. I dont do black illustrations very often, but i feel it worked well.
VW passat B3 illustration
Mazda RX7 - Despite the preconceptions many people have of this car, i feel its a very elegant design.
VIP style 2006 VW Passat illustration
1932 Ford 3 window coupe illustration
Custom 1971 Plymouth GTX illustration
Audi 80 - Put together for a client on Edition 38
Half hour sketch - Did this on a friday night just before going out. This is the first time in quite a while that ive done a drawing with no underlay of any sort, and not even any pictures in front of me for referenace. Just did this straight off the top of my head.
Its a bit wild, with an open wheeled look but a full body between at the back and that large V12 up front. I think the classic wires finish it off nicely.
1991 VW polo - I did this sketch for a friend on a polo club forum. Ive owned a polo for two years now and still enjoy drawing them. I wasnt too happy with the way the wheels turned out on this illustration, its an area i still need to work on.
Custom mk1 Golf - This is the result of a brainstorm of ideas ive had for a while. The car would have a tubular chassis holding the V8 up front, and RWD conversion. A hefty roof chop has been made easier by adding van panels to the back, eliminating the need for custom glass. I created a muscle car-esque front end with a deepened and reshaped grille. A gti chin spoiler has been modified to create two small bumpers. I also added six angled chrome tailpipes and some wide rubber to get that power down.
2009 Golf Euro Street Style - Inspired by the illustrations by Steve Kirk, that got me into this in drawing cars many years ago. The mk6 is the first golf since the mk1 to have horizontal rear lights, so i used the cars heritage and involvement in the early nineties custom car scene to create this.
Pro street Vauxhall Chevette - Once again i tried a Steve Kirk approach to rendering this one. I feel my scanner did a poor job at picking up a lot of the colours though, and it looks a lot more impressive on the original.
VW Polo 6N - Heres one for you new school polo lovers:
Bit of a JDM feel to this 6N, with its riveted on arch kit, custom tinted headlamps, and deep front splitter. This is topped off with some smoothed bodywork, bright green paint and some torque thrust D style wheels.
Illustration in Classic Ford letter section
Work in Performance VW magazine September 2009 - Been a massive fan of this magazine for years, so was chuffed to get my work in their letters section!
Quick fire thumbnails - Two couple of minute scribbles. Both retro esque, one more sensible than the other!
Led sled sketch - Started as a few pen lines, threw some colour down, about twenty minutes total. Proportionally very short though, so its a bit of a minature led sled.
Generic supercar sketch - Just a supercar sketch to warm up before doing some drawings after a few months doing modelling instead. Lots of cars in one here...
VW Touran - Just tried running a single colour over the page, and then making it lighter and darker in areas to create the car and the background.
VW Golf Mk6 - Just tried running a single colour over the page, and then making it lighter and darker in areas to create the car and the background.
Chevrolet Corvair Monza - Just a quick single colour render i did to get back into drawing again after the christmas break
Small Scribbles - A couple of small scribbles i made while watching old hot rod and bike films. Just a bit of fun.
VW Golf Mk5 - A violet wax pencil illustration i did after seeing some pencil drawings on this site. Im quite impressed with the results and will probably do a few more.
2010 Ford Fiesta - A purple wax pencil drawing of the 2010 european Ford Fiesta that ive made a couple of minor changes to to make it a bit more aggresive.
1962 Chevrolet Corvette - A marker render of an early corvette sporting a few modifications. Classic chrome five spokes, dual carb with big air filter poking out the hood and a shiny exhaust manifold.
VW Beetle
Nissan Qashqai Sketch - Just a quick sketch of an idea i had for a while. Never been too keen on this car, but think it looks a lot better slammed! Mixed up a bit with some different black biro shading techs.
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2009 and 2010 Illustrations
Comments (25)
  • awesome!

    12 years ago

  • this is gorgeous mate

    12 years ago

  • cool!!!

    12 years ago

  • i agree man. it manages to be both curvy and aggressive. quite a seductive combination. lovely rendering. the reflections are beautiful

    12 years ago

  • i like that style..exelente

    11 years ago

  • this is sweet man. very pretty car. i like the single colour effect too. nice and simple

    11 years ago

  • Cheers. Im using the yellow too much though i think!

    11 years ago

  • Thanks man. One of my own favourites too! If i ever have to get a bigger car, a B3 passat will be the way im sure.

    11 years ago

  • like the touch of a bit of black sweet

    10 years ago

  • * meant black marker - Sweeetttt!!

    10 years ago

  • Cheers man. Yeah pretty easy to achieve, just a black biro and a super black marker. Could have done with a bit more work in some areas, but its nothing too serious

    10 years ago

  • Simple and elegant. I especially like the satisfying volumes in the grille and hood.

    10 years ago

  • Hey thanks man, and thanks for the likey! This illustration was actually a 3D reinterpretation of a side view 2D drawing i did about three or four years previous which ive always liked.

    10 years ago

  • Excellent Work!!!

    10 years ago

  • That would probably be the roof chop and stronger horizontal lines lol

    10 years ago

  • Fanatstic use of lighting in this illustration....love the use of deep shadowing on the wheels to communicate the weight and ground hugging proportions of this Starliner!

    10 years ago

  • The Corvair rear end surfacing is a tricky one due to it being a concave surface....You totally captured it!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks! This drawing always gets a lot of attention - ive kind of put it down to the heavy contrast of light and dark. Not really thought about the weight it gives too.

    10 years ago

  • Thanks!

    10 years ago

  • this is awesome.... always had a soft spot for late v dubs

    10 years ago

  • Thanks. I still consider this one of my benchmark pieces - i dont think ive dont anything else thats better!

    10 years ago

  • Sweet!!

    10 years ago

  • Yikes! superbad man!!! cool!!

    10 years ago

  • Cheers man, glad you like it!

    10 years ago

Michael Gillett
Design Engineer and Illustrator Essex, United Kingdom