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C-10 You Later - Fini9shing-up posting the works from my 'Walking Around' series from 2011, this time, the tasty '65 pickup lurks down a gloomy alley. I had a blast creating the dark environments, and playing off of the sinister nature in each of the vehicles... Combination of digital and analog work (Illustrator, Photoshop and airbrush/ink on paper). Thanks for looking in!
Not Dad's - A sinister '50 Olds lurks on the cobblestone as night falls over the city... One last blast from the series for 2011! Pushing Illustrator and my skills for all they're worth...
Bad Cad - This was my take on a what-if, 1961 Caddy CTS-V. I started with a six-window sedan, as a coupe would have been too damned easy... A mild chop, some cleaning-up of lines and trim, healthy slam, LED-lighting, and a Pro-Charged engine complete the theme, with a nod to the retro feel. Drawn for Street Rodder Magazine's 'Street Cruiser' special feature.
Crowned - One of the pieces I illustrated while feeling-out direction for the AutoWeek calendar project: a '56 Crown Victoria poses in the street during a long night. Illustrator artwork, playing with my new tablet. Good times.
Headed Home - One of the pieces I knocked out while feeling some direction for the AutoWeek 2012 calendar project. I placed a mild kustom '55 Pontiac on the street, and played with some attempts to create a snowy night. Pushing Illustrator for all it's worth...
Back-Alley Bruiser - Another from that 'Walking Around' series, I created a dark and menacing back alley scene for this '61 bubble top. (note that you can see the reverse of the backdrop from my GT-R calendar piece, placing this scene on the opposite side of that fictional city). Illustrator art, post-processed in Photoshop and then w/airbrush.
Alley Rats - Another from the 2011 'Walking Around' series which sprung from the AutoWeek calendar project. This time, it's a split-window Vette and my Camaro/Nova mash-up lurking in an alley, just a few blocks away from the Merc image.
Evening Meeting - Continuing my series of cars scattered throughout a fictional city... A contemporary custom '57 Ford meets up with the A-Tona, a slammed Dodge packing a blown HEMI, mounted mid-ship as darkness falls... A ton of fun deigning both cars, and then telling some tales with them.
Story Telling - Another of the 'Walking Around' series, telling some stories with my automotive art and hot rod designs... Here's the aft-end of that kustom Merc, making a late-night call to the lady the car's owner is seeing on the sly. Just having fun, and placing the cars in some unique situations to play with atmosphere and lighting.
Wrong Side of the Tracks - A pro-touring bubbletop waits in the abandoned train station for a passenger that will never show... Weaving more tales using some of my hot rod design renderings for the key players...
Zombie Hunter - Playing with the 'Walking Around' series a bit more, and just let loose with re-purposing an older rendering to create a fictional assault vehicle. We're going zombie hunting! Illustrator artwork, re-touched and blended in Photoshop printed, then post-processed with ink, airbrush and watercolor.
Blue Hawaii - I've been finishing designs for my Mahi Mah-T concept (which is currently being built by a friend in Hawaii... fo' real! ...and he had asked for me to complete the front view. In all of its 1960's groovy show car-ness, here it is, on a beach-y scene (created from photos I took in Florida a while back... yeah, I know, 'fake Hawaii.' LOL) Adobe Illustrator through and through...
Just Add Salt - Another of the twelve illustrations I created for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine / Rad Rides by Troy / Studio PCK calendar, which launched at the 2011 SEMA Show.... this time, a Camaro ready for some land-speed action.

I re-worked the door-to-rear-fender transition to remove the odd bulge, opened air ducts pre-and-post wheel opening, and then worked to smooth airflow over the front with some block-out panels.
Horse of a Different Color - Another of the twelve illustrations I created for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine / Rad Rides by Troy / Studio PCK calendar, which launched at the 2011 SEMA Show... This time, a tribute-styled Ferrari 458 on classic Borrani-style wires, egg-crate grille, some rounded headlamps and air ducts... and orange w/gold stripes paint.
I set it on a spaghetti western-style backdrop, just because.
Not-So-Subtle - The last of the twelve cars I illustrated for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine/Rad Rides by Troy calendar, a GT-R featuring some heavy modifications. I wanted a wide body look, but without the added-on feel, so I pushed the fenders out at the cabin, and pulled the rear fascia out a touch for an added look of speed, without resorting to a spoiler, then set it on a more hot rod-style wheel.
Lurking - Another of the dozen cars I illustrated for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine/Rad Rides by Troy calendar, this time, a full-on 370-Z. I opted to take the tuner look a bit further, and played-up the cartoony proportions, and set it all in a a gloomy setting to let the car pop a bit.
Blue Boss Pony - Yet another of the twelve illustrations I created for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine / Rad Rides by Troy / Studio PCK calendar, which launched at the 2011 SEMA Show.

This time, a Boss 302 Mustang that's been wedge-sectioned through the cabin, had the top angle-chopped, and the fenders brought out in a wide body style.
Sunset at Spyder Beach - A take on a hot-rodded Audi R8 Spyder for the AutoWeek Magazine/Rad Rides calendar project. Mild stretch and clean-up on rear fascia and side scoops, slightly widened fenders and a matte green coat set this car up for a moment on the sand.
Late-Night Meeting - Another of those 'Walking Around' pieces. I was aiming to tell some stories by placing cars around a fictional city scape that I developed while creating images for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine/ Rad Rides calendar.
In this view, it's a cool blue, custom Merc parked on the rougher side of town...
Clandestine Corvette - For the month of April in the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine/Rad Rides by Troy calendar, I sketched a modern interpretation of an IMSA/Can Am-style Corvette, tucked away in a warehouse setting, to give a back-alley brawler type feel. I opted o design a full body kit for this rendering, versus off-the-shelf parts.
Luxurious Lunacy - One of the twelve illustrations I created for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine / Rad Rides by Troy / Studio PCK calendar, which launched at the 2011 SEMA Show.

For this Cadillac CTS-V coupe, I opted to relocate and enlarge the rear wheel openings and give the car a more aggressive look overall.

Illustrator artwork, starting with pencil sketch as always...

You can download wallpaper versions of the illustrations on AutoWeek's website here:

http://www.autoweek.com/section/radrides
Sneaky SLS - One of the twelve illustrations I created for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine / Rad Rides by Troy / Studio PCK calendar, which launched at the 2011 SEMA Show.

For this Mercedes, I opted to play with a vintage Trans Am feel, opening the grille shell, pushing the wheels out, and playing with a hard-core, stripped-down race feel.

Illustrator artwork, starting with pencil sketch as always...

You can download wallpaper versions on AutoWeek's website:

http://www.autoweek.com/section/radrides
Gee(37) Whiz! - One of the twelve illustrations I created for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine / Rad Rides by Troy / Studio PCK calendar, which launched at the 2011 SEMA Show.

For this Infiniti, I decided that a subtle wide body, industrial look would transform the personal luxury coupe into a back-street brawler.

Illustrator artwork, starting with pencil sketch as always...

You can download wallpaper versions of the illustrations on AutoWeek's website here:

http://www.autoweek.com/section/radrides
Track Miata - One of the twelve illustrations I created for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine / Rad Rides by Troy / Studio PCK calendar.

A radical take on making the Mazda Miata a bit more masculine.

AutoWeek has downloadable wallpaper of the designs here:
http://www.autoweek.com/section/radrides

Illustrator artwork, starting with pencil sketch as always....
Another Bastard - One of the twelve illustrations I created for the 2012 AutoWeek Magazine / Rad Rides by Troy / Studio PCK calendar, which launched this month at the 2011 SEMA Show.

For this Porsche, I drew inspiration from James Dean's Lil' Bastard, and created a modern speedster with some classic hot rod feel.

Illustrator artwork, starting with pencil sketch as always...

You can download wallpaper versions of the illustrations on AutoWeek's website here:

http://www.autoweek.com/section/radrides
Military Mustang - The Mustang rendering... I was asked by my good froend Tim Strange to assist on this build by rendering a custom 1967 Mustang... Tune in Saturday (10/1) on Spike TV's Powerblock for the final two episodes of Build number four on Search and Restore.
Two-Wheel Fantasy - A bike concept for a client... part fantasy, part fabrication test, all mean!

Playing with the textures and look that have come to define some recent projects.
Fleetline - A rendering for a friend's SEMA Show project Chevy... Mild custom with modified trim and grille/marker/turn lamps.

Pencil sketch scanned, color blocking in Illustrator, printed, post work with markers and airbrush. Approx 17 x 23
Camaro Rag Top - Project rendering for a friend... 2011 Camaro convertible, full body kit and custom hood, paint and wheels.
Dually Proposal - Rendering for a friend's dually project proposal. Designed a number of fabricated accessories and bolt-on's for the Ford, and illustrated them as part of a SEMA Show proposal.

Pencil drawing scanned, re-drawn and colored in Illustrator.
Blue 50 - A concept rendering for a client's mild '50 Chevy pickup... Pencil sketch scanned, base color work in Illustrator, printed on decorative paper, then attacked maliciously with pen, ink, paint, airbrush and chalk...
How to Draw a Hot Rod - One of the many steps of completion I have included in a new tutorial on my site, teaching some basic sketching techniques I use to create my renderings: http://bit.ly/draw-a-hot-rod
Many more to come... Hope that you find it interesting and helpful, and please feel free to share with friends.
Cadaverous - A re-purposed hearse... Finding a new life as a beach bum and board hauler. Slammed, shaved, new side trim in wood, and folding rag top, just because...
Strange Rig - Project proposal rendering for a good friend's SEMA Show vehicle, currently under construction. I had limited time, so this is the first time I've done all color work in Photoshop, using pencil drawing and cleaned-up outlines created in Illustrator...
Midwest Express - Quick promotional vehicle rendering for a friend's apparel company. Customized express van with modified trailer, full graphics...
Illustrator, starting with pencil sketches, as always...
Retro Crew - A retro-feel, 1970's style crew cab sport truck concept. I drew this as a design proposal for a shop's parts runner, combining modern street truck performance and styling, with a distinct nod to 1970's customizing visuals.

Adobe Illustrator, working from original pencil sketch.
55 Project - A design rendering for a project car... A friend and client of mine (who is a prolific car builder) gave me a shout to whip up ideas for his latest '55 Chevy, and we kind of went nuts with it all... Not a body panel remains untouched. Should be ready for the street by next Summer! Pencils, color in Illustrator, post work in Photoshop, then output and hit with airbrush, marker and paint.
A-Tona Reloaded - A quick update on the A-Tona rendering... Fixed a number of little details that were haunting me as unfinished since drawing the original back in 2006. Added some texture, fixed the goofy stance and more!
Tropical Poncho - Another of those updated pieces, I threw the book at a '55 Pontiac mild kustom, and crossed the Bellflower and NorCal styles to create a clean, era-perfect cruiser. Illustrator art over pencil drawing, minor post work with brush, ink and wash.
Mercury Kustom Interior Design - Full design sketch for a custom 1950 Mercury, currently under construction (and nearing completion!). Designed seating shapes, bolsters, patterns and color layout for a client who wanted to mix classic custom car and modern touring styles.
Chevy Pickup - Rendering for a client's project truck. Pencil rough on paper, shading w/marker, wash and airbrush, textured with sponge, charcoal rubbing and general abuse. This piece marks a full return to more analog pieces, following a long string of full-on digital work.
Vette Set - Custom take on a '63 split window... full-tilt, full-fun street machine with no frills, just as a trick car should be.
Pencils scanned, cleaned-up, and colored in Illustrator, output, then attacked with chalk, airbrush and ink.
Street Funny Mopar - A funny car for the street, based on a mid-level Mopar. Stretched front end, relocated rear wheels, blower, all the fun of an A/FX car, with the unreal nastiness of a funny car with doors. Pencils scanned, re-worked in Illustrator, output, and finished with airbrush, ink and pen.
High Desert Chevelle - Custom portrait for client. Was asked to create a piece based on her boyfriend's dream car, set in the high desert. '67 Chevelle with mild custom work, aggressive stance on large-diameter billet wheels, cowl hood, custom striping, and a flat/matte black finish with contrasting striping.
Pencil drawing with many hours of airbrush, stippling and paint/ink work with minor digital mid-production re-touches.
'62 Rear - Aft-end view of design sketches for a custom 1962 Chevy street machine project, which is currently under construction. Reworked the stock equipment to update the car, without losing the original feel or identity. Sketched in pencil, re-drawn in Illustrator, touched-up w/marker and airbrush.
Bubble Top - Design sketches and notes for a custom 1962 Chevy Impala, currently under construction at a major hot rod builder's shop.
Pencil roughs developed, scanned, and re-drawn in Illustrator.
Torino - Project concept sketch for a '68 Torino currently under construction. I was called in to re-work the car.
Enlarged and flared wheel openings, shortened wheel base (in front fenders), side vents, splitters, custom hood to clear induction, modified stock front to mimic Talladega nose (without adding the length that front has), and much, much more.
Pencil drawings imported to Illustrator for final art.
Buick - A custom Buick concept for a client project (car is in-progress). Mild custom touches include shaved trim, custom handles, shortened bumper ends, one-off wheels styled to look like factory hubcaps. Pencil sketch scanned and finished in Illustrator.
The '65 - Client project showing proposed updates to an in-progress truck he recently scooped up. 1965 Chevy pickup slammed over smoothie wheels with '56 center caps, mild shave, tucked bumpers, re-worked side trim, full-custom rear fill pan and re-located license recess. Full-on pencil drawings with over one hundred and ten hours of fine tuning, using marker, brush, wash, stippling, stencil, airbrush and pen work on paper. Finished piece is roughly 14-inches by 10-inches.
Double Nickel Terror - Concept renderings for a 1955 Chevy project currently in construction. Pencil drawings scanned and finished in Illustrator.
Numerous one-off custom touches designed to enhance and simplify this classic car, and add an aggressive demeanor.
Double Nickel Terror - Concept renderings for a 1955 Chevy project currently in construction. Pencil drawings scanned and finished in Illustrator.
Numerous one-off custom touches designed to enhance and simplify this classic car, and add an aggressive demeanor.
Special Night - This was one of the first shots at the look and feel for the AutoWeek calendar illustrations. I took the Buick rendering, and played between Illustrator and Photoshop, and then in marker and airbrush over the print... and learned a few 'what-not-to-do' things on the paper I was using! An experimental piece that paved the way...
C2ZR1 - Concept renderings for a project we debuted last August, the Corvette C2ZR1. Based on a '64 Corvette with new ZR-1 running gear, the brief was to retain the lines of this iconic car, but clean-up and modernize the exterior to flow with the ZR-1 branding and design.
Sketches scanned, cleaned-up, and worked-over in Illustrator.
C2ZR1 - Concept renderings for a project we debuted last August, the Corvette C2ZR1. Based on a '64 Corvette with new ZR-1 running gear, the brief was to retain the lines of this iconic car, but clean-up and modernize the exterior to flow with the ZR-1 branding and design.
Sketches scanned, cleaned-up, and worked-over in Illustrator.
PickemUp - A rendering for a friend's project truck... The great folks at Car Design Fetish used this is their annual charity calendar this year, as well. A mixed-media fun-fest, with pencil, ink, airbrush, some vector line art, and some Photoshop, just because.
Wired Rivvi - Mild custom '65 Riviera rendering for a client project. Subtle custom touches with a matte black finish, large-diameter wire wheels with larger center caps, mild de-chroming, lowering... everything a Riviera needs to look finished.
Digital work over original pencil sketch.
Tri-Five Guts - Interior design rendering for a custom '55 Chevy project. Adding modern sport/luxury touches to an American icon, and attempting to retain the original personality and flavor of the car.
Crowned '56 - Quick rendering for a client's mild '56 Ford Crown Vic. Mild de-chroming, custom parts, tucked bumpers, lowering... A modern street machine based on the "other" tri-five. Combination of digital and analog post-production work with airbrush and ink.
Prerunner - Concept rendering for a promotional/show vehicle for the great folks over at Kicker from last year... A slick little prerunner-style rig with a ton of fun little details.
Mustang Tourer - A project concept sketch for a 1970 Mustang fastback. Client asked for something unique... and, well, this ties in his love for old-style street machines, Shelby models and ultra-high horsepower.
Pencil drawings scanned and worked-over in Illustrator.
Mustang Tourer - A project concept sketch for a 1970 Mustang fastback. Client asked for something unique... and, well, this ties in his love for old-style street machines, Shelby models and ultra-high horsepower.
Pencil drawings scanned and worked-over in Illustrator.
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Vehicle Renderings 2011

A collection of work from 2011, including hot rod designs, renderings and commissioned work.

Comments (71)
  • Thanks! Had a lot of fun with this project.

    8 years ago

  • mmm thats a tasty sketch, nice perspective

    8 years ago

  • These are pretty slick! Nice illos.

    8 years ago

  • Thanks, Matt! It's been an ongoing process, those backgrounds... I'll post a tutorial soon. It's a combination of photos, drawing, digital work, the printing, then going back in with traditional tools (airbrush, chalk, etc), and occasionally re-scanning, and repeating.

    9 years ago

  • your backgrounds are insane and the cars aren't a disappointment to look at either. how do you get that effect on the backgrounds?

    9 years ago

  • sick

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, man!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, Curt! Those whitewalls didn't sound right in conversation, but just look natural... Worked out well! Thanks for taking time to look in!

    10 years ago

  • Immense!

    10 years ago

  • Do want. only make mine the 63!

    10 years ago

  • awesome render.............one of my favourite cars ever...........!!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, gentlemen! Fun project, and so much sleep lost playing with such an iconic body style.

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, man! A '63 would have been so over-the-top (especially with the carbon fiber roof treatment we gave the car...)!

    10 years ago

  • Awesome job Brian sooo sick!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, Nate!

    10 years ago

  • Nice render!

    10 years ago

  • very nice. especially that it was done in illustrator!

    10 years ago

  • now i just need you to build this truck for me and we'll be all set, haha. beautiful

    9 years ago

  • Ha-ha!! I'll take one, too! Thanks for the kind words!

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, Liz!

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, Alan! I had a blast pushing the pen tool in this one.

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, man!

    9 years ago

  • Thank you!

    9 years ago

  • work is beautiful, this is my work; http://www.coroflot.com/kaspersky58/chevrolet-pick-up-3100-n-nokia-n95-8gb/5

    9 years ago

  • Thanks!

    9 years ago

  • Your work is damn nice, I really like the brush work in the background and color choices.

    9 years ago

  • Love your style! I wish I had more patience for the technical style you have got going on. I can do it but I do not have fun doing it.

    9 years ago

  • unbelievable

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, Ian!

    9 years ago

  • Good job :)

    9 years ago

  • you have a great style. it comes to life. please explain your process and media..

    9 years ago

  • great work. I love mix media. would love to go back to it myself. i think to many people these days are so focused on digital skills they forget old school RAW skills good stuff man!

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, Jonathan! I have a tutorial series that I'm releasing, which goes into great depth on my technique and process... you can see that here: http://www.problemchildkustoms.com/learn-to-draw-hot-rods.html ...it all starts on paper, and just goes crazy from there!

    9 years ago

  • Thanks! It's fun to get dirty while drawing. I moved to a lot of digital work following a medical issue, but find it very therapeutic to push myself on more analog techniques. Sincere thanks for the kind words!

    9 years ago

  • im sure good stuff

    9 years ago

  • Sheesh. Love that body style.

    9 years ago

  • wow!very nice

    9 years ago

  • Wow, really cool looking proportions. Sweet work

    9 years ago

  • Thanks! Kinda fun to play with the Model T to begin with, and once you take the car into the 1960's show rod style, those exaggerated proportions and cartoon-y look just feel at home!

    9 years ago

  • Sweet one Brian! You have GOT TO throw a zombie in there getting run over or something. Cool....

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, Joe! Was considering that... may tuck a few in the background, along with some spent shells, perhaps! Thanks again, sir...

    9 years ago

  • Congratulations! Wonderful job!

    9 years ago

  • Complete bad-assery. Nice one.

    9 years ago

  • haha love the title.... this is sooo good... I love the mesh push bar!

    9 years ago

  • Dude! hadn't seen this yet... f'n great concept!

    9 years ago

  • Dave, thanks! Nate, thanks again, man... So many fun little details... and a few to add yet! Sincere thanks for taking time to look and comment!

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, Ira! Ricardo, thank you! Nate, thanks, man... when they handed me the Boxster, it just seemed natural...

    9 years ago

  • I love the throwback elements

    9 years ago

  • Thank you, Hans! It was fun to try and sneak a bunch in like that, without it becoming overly 'theme-y'... Sincere thanks for the kind words!

    9 years ago

  • i like this..

    9 years ago

  • Thanks so much!

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, Aaron!

    9 years ago

  • NICE!!!

    9 years ago

  • Awesome!!! =D

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, guys!

    9 years ago

  • nice Texture..

    9 years ago

  • Thanks! ...it started by accident!

    9 years ago

  • Sweet...

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, Ron!

    9 years ago

  • Eye candy at it's finest. Thoughtfully restrained conversion from mourning to boarding, and even redefines the word "wake". Can't wait to see morgue from you.

    9 years ago

  • LOL... Greatest. Comment. Ever. Thanks, Marc, you just made my day! Thanks so much for taking time to not only check it out, but for the awesome, thoughtful and way-beyond-creative post! You rock.

    9 years ago

  • Clean and Classic...

    9 years ago

  • thank you for putting up the tutorials! found them very informative and a wonderful explanation of your process to utilize as reference

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, guys! Ray, you're most welcome! Glad you enjoyed them, and hope you continue to find them useful! Many more soon!

    9 years ago

  • insane..

    9 years ago

  • love your background. Great job, nice style

    9 years ago

  • Thank you! It was fun to create the scene... It started with a photo of some knotty pine, some old sponges and a torn sheet of paper. I rediscovered the fun of collage on this project!

    9 years ago

  • Thanks so much! It's one of my all-time favorite fun pieces.

    9 years ago

  • George Barris would have approved!

    9 years ago

  • Awesome Man!

    9 years ago

  • Thanks so much!

    9 years ago

  • your backgrounds are insane and the cars aren't a disappointment to look at either. how do you get that effect on the backgrounds?

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, Matt! It's been an ongoing process, those backgrounds... I'll post a tutorial soon. It's a combination of photos, drawing, digital work, the printing, then going back in with traditional tools (airbrush, chalk, etc), and occasionally re-scanning, and repeating.

    9 years ago

  • These are pretty slick! Nice illos.

    8 years ago

  • mmm thats a tasty sketch, nice perspective

    8 years ago

  • Thanks! Had a lot of fun with this project.

    8 years ago

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Brian Stupski
Illustrator/Automotive Designer Phoenix, AZ