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How To Draw Crazy Cars & Mad Monsters Like a Pro (Motorbooks Studio) Paperback – Illustrated, January 15, 2007
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In this follow-up to How to Draw Cars Like a Pro and How to Draw Choppers Like a Pro, award-winning car designer Thom Taylor teams with kustom culture legend Ed Newton to reveal the tricks and techniques top artists past and present have used to render crazy cars and snarling drivers, warts-and-all.
Chopped, slammed, channeled, blown . . . from the late ’50s through the ’70s all of these features and more lent themselves nicely to automotive art that caricaturized the already severe design traits associated with the cars of the period. More often than not, the whacked rods and muscle cars depicted in this art were piloted by slobbering, snaggle-toothed, wart-covered monsters with bulging, bloodshot eyes.
Beginning with a brief history of the form, Newton himself traces the lineage of rod ’n’ monster art to legends like Von Dutch, Stanley “Mouse” Miller, Dean Jefferies, and his former employer, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Taylor and Newton then proceed to chapters covering everything from equipment to perspective, light sources, and other technical considerations. Taylor also expands on the cartooning, people, proportion, and color chapters from his previous works, applying them to the subject at hand. In addition to art by Newton and Taylor, the authors include dozens of examples from current top automotive artists Darrell Mayabb, Dave Deal, John Bell, and Keith Weesner.
About the Author
Ed Newton began working at Roth Studios in the early 1960s after leaving the Art Center College of Design. \u201cNewt\u201d has designed a number of show cars over the years, including many of \u201cBig Daddy\u201d Roth\u2019s feature cars, bikes, model kits, and most of his early T-shirts. In 1999, Mattel marketed a set of collectibles called Ed Newton\u2019s Lowboyz™. He lives in Dublin, Ohio.
- Publisher : Motorbooks; 1st edition (January 15, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0760324719
- ISBN-13 : 978-0760324714
- Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.5 x 10.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #66,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 26, 2022
From a strictly clinical standpoint as a how-to book, you will get out of it what you want. But to me, the real beauty of this book is Ed Newton's remembrances, insights and anecdotal stories. They will inspire you to pic up the closest ball-point pen and scrap of paper and draw some rats in old GTO's or T-bucket Roadsters ! The inspirational aspect of this book was immeasurable to me. Ed's sketches and T-Shirt art from the late 60's and early 70's brought back some very fond memories of sitting in math class in 1972 and drawing twisted Roadrunners and Mustangs instead of paying attention, or wondering how many lawns I need to cut to get the "Mopar Madman" sweatshirt I saw in the back of Car Craft magazine !! He also gives many props to other great caricature artists like Dave Deal. I would call this book a "Must Have" for auto-art fans and historians as well as appreciators of old and new Rat Culture.
I'm on my third copy now. A buddy of mine asked if he could "liberate" my first copy, as soon as he saw it. This was not long after I finally quit borrowing the one the local library had, over and over; and bought myself a copy. After giving my first copy to that buddy, I picked up a second book for myself... which worked fine for a while. Then I got a wild hair and had the book's spine removed, so I could turn many of the book's pages into a huge collection of mini-posters. They're happily decorating my workshop's walls now. So then I had to pick up a third copy, to replace those first two ... !?!
Basically, if the cover art is to your liking, you'll love what's inside! (But be careful ... fun art like this can be addicting!)
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paper quality and printing of the book is terrible,it looks like somebody ran it off using a failing home printer and all the pages are near see through.
not a total loss but,don't expect to be wowed.......