hot rod

Progress –Accelerating my cars?

In March 2015 I had taken my wife to town for a concert, I was playing chauffeur. My intention was to sketch while I waited to pick her up. I came across the Hot Rod Show, where I perched and sketched until dark and hungry.


I really enjoyed the experience, but I know very little about cars.

It was in November last year 2015, that I went to Historic Sandown, thinking I had a thing for drawing cars. All I knew was there were going to be a lot of cars there, and I thought I might get some good photos to use. I was amazed at how much access I had to the cars and as it was quite warm, the pits where the cars and owners were.

So I sat and drew a few

From March 2015

They love their cars, they love to talk about their cars. Looking back I can feel my nervousness when I started to sketch. I became more confident as the day went on.
Here are a couple from that day.

Then a show ‘n shine was held in Mornington on New Years Day. The owner of the car on the right had his son also at this show and asked me to draw his car too. It was very warm when I drew the one on the right and learnt about being well prepared for any weather when I went off to try sketch the one on the left in the shade!


Then just after New Year’s Day 2016 I went to my first penlink (peninsula link) car meet and started drawing there. I have been there a few times now.

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This year I went to back to the Hot Rod Show much more confident. Here is a couple from March 2016IMG_0548


Easter brought another day out, this time Pakenham to raise money for the Royal Childrens Hospital where I did these two

Winter has interrupted my going and sketching outside in the evenings. But I can see improvement in my sketching cars that I drew more recently.
I’ m looking forward to Motorclassica and return to Historic Sandown in November.


PenLink August 2015,

I like the shine of pipes and open engines, so had to draw this model T ford, this time with a brush pen.



Hot Rods @Phillip Island

Not sure if I am hooked or just romantically challenged by the idea of these old cars. Happy Days on TV , my mother looking like an old rocker in her day, listening to Buddy Holly, Elvis, who knows, I just seem to enjoy the old cars as sketching subjects.

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Uncle Keith, my Mum and Uncle Syd

Last weekend was the Kustom Nats at Phillip Island, so we got up early and Saturday and drove down. We were there early and parked at the Grand Prix circuit in the public parking area. What started out cool started to warm up so a change of clothes from jeans to shorts was called for. While that happened I did quick warm up sketch of this car that pulled up alongside us. orange .jpeg

I still don’t know what it is/was! And its even harder to tell from my loosener!

The owner got out and donned a PITH helmet! I snuck a photo of him and must draw him at some point.

There were quite a few cars, so hard to choose what to draw. I sketched one and was unhappy with my result! BUT i wandered on and settled down and drew this one.

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I was attracted to the radiator cap. Have to add some colour to Daves 29 Roadster

And then I sat down and drew Phil’s THIR-T-2

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While I was sketching there were quite a few people coming up and looking over my shoulder. i have gotten used to that now that it doesn’t bother me and can almost chat and sketch at the same time.


He liked the pic and had his photo taken next to it. Off to BP tonight see what I can do>

2016- sketching cars from hiding to outing myself!

Sketching is meditative. Early last year at work, I read in psych journals the benefits of meaningful colouring in for adults.

The concentration required for colouring in (and staying between the lines) makes you focus on the now, the lines, nothing else.

Time slips away.

Sketching can do the same thing.

It does it for me. Sometimes I have to catch myself from dribbling as I forget to swallow. Thank goodness breathing happens naturally or I’d be in trouble. (And water colour and dribble don’t mix! actually they do and that can be a problem!)

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2015 cars

Recently I have been sketching cars. I know very little about them.

I know I like to concentrate on the curves, the windows, the engines. The last fortnight  I have been following around some “cruise” nights and “shine and show” sessions.


2015 under cover of sheds

But being a Libran it is sometimes hard to pick what to sketch.

The first times I was not used to public sketching and hid under trees away from crowds.

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On the street in Mornington


I have overcome the worry about what people think. After all I am doing it for me, not for exhibiting, just my sketchbook. If people like it well that’s nice but I am not going to worry about what others think. Don’t get me wrong, part of me wants people to like what I do, but I am overcoming these self doubts, which makes me feel good about my art.

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Drawn at the BP in Baxter

See I can now say I do art!

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Colour to be added, or print and colour yourself! Pre shaded

I still have doubts about what I do, I am struggling drawing people, but I am going to keep trying.

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actually 2016 not 2015

There’s a new klass I do online about to start, with Sketchbookskool (SBS)( . So I’ll be doing a few different things.

So far I have taken klasses at SBS ; Beginning, seeing, playing and now we are coming up for expressing. If you want to draw may I suggest signing up for beginning.


Other classes online I have taken are

A couple of Koosje Koone’s classes- Make awesome art at-

Liz Steele’s Sketching Now

& Craftsy course by Steven Reddy (dynamic detail)