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mattiej
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Nicely done those Gav - you might wanna consider switching your image host though? Photobucket seems to be the most stable one I've found sooo far.

I've got you. - must be very difficult illustrating with your circumstances as they are - you should try and find a space though to get back in the saddle :) I can see though that you have more concerning things on your mind at the moment, which is totally understandable. Blimey, an MRI scan is heavy, hope everything is ok.

ps - with regards to the post edits, I did get a chance to read your funeral story though!! ;) I didnt get a chance to respond as I really just did a fly-by. Weekends where I live are kinda nuts... they start Friday night at 6pm and keep going till 3am Monday. Party pretty hard in this part of the world (small village in the south of France)

I tend not to do so many caricatures these days, but here's a few from the archives!

Steve Mc Queen in a V8 Austin Healey owned by my mate Ian

A very young Mr Moss

and two more commissions I did (these are mostly 3d)

 

mattiej
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Nice Models btw, whats the last one? I don't recognise that - it kind of looks like a vector-ish

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Yep those last ones are mostly scanned in from old  paper drawings, ones from a file(one of very many)

I took the advice of a guy I had paid to do me a website, and that was to put them on floppy disc, but my last computer went west, so this new all singing all dancing PBell, hasnt that facility and my first one of that make, albeit it still works perfectly , but was Windows 95/8 compatible so I have to copy any off those, on floppys, via a printer and them rescan them in on the new equipment.

Wouldnt mind but he didnt come up with the goods and let me down

Thereafter i taught myself website design whilst doing a very mature person's course in desktop publishing-as well as another 6 city and guilds in IT,after i moved up here,  two were home study courses, one to A Level Standards, t'other to degree level, not bad for an old Git that left school when a young fool at 15 and had no qualifications, but before I left those course they wanted me to trail blaze the New European Driving Licence Certificate, however they couldnt get 2 reference books and stuff so rather than share with another, I wanted then to take advantage of the summer months with my boating, hence doing the home studies.

I had done between theinitial IT stuff,  a Cartoon Academy Cartoon Course I paid for myself.

Also I like doing up old wooden racing dinghies and motorbikes, but despite maybe the last hospital visit being due to overdoing some heavy duty repairs, I still love to that in the warmer months. That said I just bought a brand new 

I played a lot wid Maggie(the pic) and added the Rover-P5B, will try and upload the original, and coloured Hampsters Dodgy Charger, as well as what is supposed to be JC of the BBC's Top gears old Ford GT43-and the last picture isnt a model but a bit of a naff collarge of a spaced out Bentley Prototype.

Oh and what excellent artwork particularly(my favourite)the Steve McQueen one( I have seen a Green GT390 with some Murals of Bullit let in to the Highland Green paintwork. I bought an airbrush kit recentley and as my Aprilia Red Rose Custom has got a lot of tank scratches due to far too much in the garage, so when I finally get a compressor I will have a go. i resprayed the Plastic Tank on my old Sachs, but that didnt stop someone buying it.

mattiej
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Cheers Gav

Be wise to put them onto a USB key if you can, scans are generally quite large and floppy capacity is quite small. That mustang you mentioned, is it this one? http://www.ponysite.de/bullitt_replica_EU6.htm Not my cup of earl grey that one mate! The portrait of Steve on the front doesnt look quite right either, I think i'd most definately have a standard non-airbrushed one.

Here's another Steve design I did

 

I've scrambled the company name :)

Wow that Bentley is fit!

Sorry after you said you liked to do up old bikes and dinghies, you said you had just bought a brand new........?

Good luck with the airbrushing btw, there are all sorts of tutorials on-line for that method of artwork, you could always practise in Photoshop using a Wacom first :)

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Thanks a case of a mild identity crisis for this GT390

A good friend who owned several Mustangs as well as ACs Bristols and a 120 Jag, in his time, bought a Shelby GT500, cobra jet 428, or so he thought( he found out it was was a phoney, with just an ordinary 352 or 390 FE Big Block dressed up with ram air and thuderjet 4 barell .

So he sued the American he got it from, shipped over etc. He won and sold the Mustang to a couple of Brothers who bought it as a replica, and  he got a Torino Cobra Jet off them in part exchange, which was around the time I met him at a little school car show in Hertfordshire, going there in another mate's Torino Brougham. Later he sold it to another mate sadly no longer with us, whom I did a car portrait for-and as this was into the time I stopped being a Security guard, due to the health scenario a lot of those guys were really generous and I didnt like taking money off them, so used to do them for nominal amounts, as its nice to get freebies but I also think it maked people feel good if they have commisssioned something on a professional basis.

I did the original logos ideas for a newly formed American Independants Car Club, which a proper graphic artist refined, albeit the idea was not to make it any prticular car, so my imagined stuff got turned into a Cadilac-very original, and wasnt deemed as good as my stuff by many-umless they were just being kind. 

Oh sorry yes I meant to delete that I just bought bit,-basically after I sold the Sachs, I told myself not to buy anything more,(until at least I sold other stuff) three more bikes later..

One of which is a Custom bike imported, so I have had to insure it to register it on the VIN number, so as all my no claims are taken up with the others, the rate of ££££s was like feeding a one armed bandit-next stage to get the 61 registration and plate-so maybe not the most economical way of going about that,and what I was gonna say was I should be trying to go commercial to raise some dosh£££££$$$$$$$es.

With your advices I appreciate that things may look less ok on another's browser, however on one bike site a guy said GAv does his stuff freehand, so thats what I still like to do. Someone who used to be in my dinghy sailing club is an established Cartoonist and he was saying how much he had invested in Apple stuff to be competitive.I also do water colours and occassionally oils.

Conversely one guy I go river and sea sailing with produces Art Videos, so I have a Cartoon one in his catalogue(on DVD too), his son produced some of The Salvage Squad series on ITV, and Brucie boy, the yacht skipper of our motley crew, keeps trying to impress new crew, ships company, by telling them I have done a Royal Academy of Art course, so I keep telling him that is not correct, so what he says how do they know anyway-

well

another real character, who used to join us but ano domini and faltering health,did freelance cartoons on the same newspaper my late Dad was City Editor for, and he worked in the local maltings to supplement his income, as back then he couldnt just survive on doing a few carttons to order.Which is what I was doing mainly for a military association latterly-his old fashion wisdom I like because at nearly 60 I just wanna get by as easily as is possible.He has dome very detailed maps which are dispalyed on many public places like village/meeting halls, surgeries, and even at the Information centre at Flatford Mill,where Turner did some of his pictures, like the Haywain, and Willy Lott's Cottage, which is just down the road from here.

Anyway how do you do with the TShirts-maybe I should order a couple of Swordfish ones...at of course discounted mates rates-well whatever the going rate is/how do you apart from C&SC market them-I bet they would go down a storm in Classic American Mag too,because I know, with the car stuff I did, American Vehicle folk go ape for anything that snifffs of a yank, or better is modelled on their own pride and joys...Also I read what you said to Nuno about being in the Advertising game-bet that is high pressure stuff

.Pisscilated

mattiej
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Hi there,

Nooo, I meant I was a graphic designer! I work for Gulf Oil as their graphic's guy, lorry liveries, posters, ads, (blahdy blah) and the rest of the time is spent on car artwork which mostly ends up on t-shirts. Although the first two images I put up (the 250TR) will be large canvas prints when I'm eventually happy with them - they need tweaking.

I don't print the shirts myself (although I would love a DTG machine!!) that's all done back in the UK by the company that I can't mention. If you go to the website which I mentioned is in this months mag, my mate Matt (that's not me being schizophrenic - it's another Matt!) owns the company, and will glady print anything you want. He's a top fella... The main company you can track down through Ebay too - if you can track down my pop art t-shirts, you can find him.

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I did the original logos ideas for a newly formed American Independants Car Club

Have you still got these images? I'd like to see them!

Drawing freehand and then scanning them in - I like the old-skool approach, bear in mind though that you'd have to make the backgrounds transparent if you were thinking of doing some t-shirts. As for Macs... lots of graphic designers will tell you that a Mac is an essential piece of kit for designing on, but in my opinion thats BS. I've had both, and a normal PC with decent graphic capabilities is exactly the same. In fact, I went back to the PC due to software incompatibilities, and that's where I've stayed. They sure do look nice, but in effect they do the same job... it's all down to what you do with it.. a 2 grand Mac is not going to make you a better artist  than if you were using a 500 quid PC.

Sorry, did you say you had made an cartoon video? Or did I miss-understand?

...and I know exactly what you mean about it being difficult to charge people for artwork, I've got some clients I've had for a long time and I'm still charging the original rates from 7 years ago!

Matt.

mattiej
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Ps!

A bit of warning though!, the t-shirt market is absolutely saturated with designs (especially car ones) It's quite hard to get noticed unless you do some major-marketing or get them featured (like C&SC did for us this month). Ebay is hard going due to the sheer amount of designs on there *especially* if your design is a specific make and model. My advice would be design t-shirts that appeal to everyone, not just someone who owns a Golf Mk1 (for example).

mattiej
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2 more by me, the ultimate scrapyard and a cell shaded GT40 :)

GTman
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Bl**dy hell, how diverse is your artwork?  Very nice work you've posted up.

Do you do commissions?

mattiej
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Why thank you :)

I sure do - my email is on the Buell lightning pic.....

Thanks, M