After considerable effort I’ve finally finished the latest design in my Motor Style Inc. series of prints. Motorsport Heroes has taken approximately 150 hours to complete, with a large amount of that time spent exhaustively researching all of the drivers and cars featured in the 15 individual illustrations.
The concept for this poster was to collectively show the wide variety of designs in global motorsport series, particularly during the classic decades of the 1950’s to 1980’s, when many highly iconic racing machines and legendary drivers competed in events around the world. I was very keen to only feature drivers that personally won many races (and championships) and chose cars that achieved great results and/or are considered to be fine examples of automotive engineering and design. I entered the 1990’s only to include 7-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher – and to add the beautiful Jordan 191 – one of my personal favourite modern F1 designs. A few close-up details:
Prints are available from søciety6
The start of a new design in my ongoing Motor Style Inc. series of illustrated posters. Motorsport Heroes will feature a large number of individual images of iconic cars and drivers from different international motorsport series, each showing the wide variety in style and manufacture of the machines raced.
Above are illustrations of the 1966 Repco-Brabham BT19, driven by Sir ‘Black’ Jack Brabham (the only man to ever win a Formula One World Championship driving a car of his own design and construction), and the 1988 Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak, famously driven by Ari Vatanen at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Colorado.
The first design features popular Brazilian-born defender Cassio, a previous club champion who loves to dribble the ball and take on opposing defenders. The second design refers to the club nickname of ‘the Reds’ (they play in a predominately red strip), and the final design is a bold slogan graphic promoting strength in unity.
The competition is now open to public voting to decide the winning design, which will be produced by apparel supplier Kappa as an official club t-shirt for the current 2013-14 season. Online voting is available here until the 6th of November, so do the right thing and vote now for your favourite design!
These are storyboard images, created for an advertisement promoting the Adelaide race, which was at that point held in South Australia. This was a student project of mine which involved shooting a video concept, and was part of my Certificate in Commercial Art. Unfortunately only these two illustrations survive from those that I produced, but I do remember them as the better images from the set.
The top illustration is coloured pencil on black heavy weight paper, and shows Williams-Honda driver Keke Rosberg, who went on to win the Australian Grand Prix – the first time that Adelaide had hosted a race in the Formula One World Championship.
Below that is an illustration completed in ink and coloured pencil. It shows Stefan Johansson (Ferrari #28) ahead of Patrick Tambay (Renault #15) as they race up to the East End Markets section of the Adelaide street circuit.
A retro game inspired design for all those that have won (or wish they could win!) a grand prix championship on a home video console. A reminder that we can all be champions in the comfort of our own home. And yes, I’ve won a few myself …
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Valentino Rossi achieved his 80th grand prix race win in the premier class of MotoGP at the recent Assen TT. This was also his 106th career victory, and first since the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix. The nine-time world champion, known as ‘The Doctor,’ produced a flawless ride and showed that he still has the ability to be a leading contender in the world championship.
My illustration was created in Adobe Photoshop CS5, and captures Rossi in action on his Yamaha YZR-M1 in the Netherlands. My earlier MotoGP illustrations can be viewed here on my website.
Poster design commemorating the 2013 Tour de France – the 100th edition of this famous event. This year the riders will cover a total of 3,403 kilometres (2,115 mi), made up from 21 stages of racing around France.
The main image was created in ArtRage Studio Pro, ‘Le Tour’ title hand drawn and edited in Illustrator, and the final layout composed in Photoshop, where textures and effects were added.
As I’m currently in the process of moving house again, I’ve just come across a collection of photographs I took at the 1991 Australian Formula One Grand Prix, held on the parklands circuit in Adelaide, South Australia. This was the famous race held in torrential rain which was won by Ayrton Senna, who only completed 14 official laps before the race was stopped. As you can see above, the weather was fine when I was there on the first practice day, but not so on the Sunday!
Second print in my Motor Style Inc series. This poster design celebrates the historic Rallye Monte Carlo, and shows a classic Mini Cooper from 1965. This event was originally held to test the durability of car models and their current technology, with competitors starting from various points around Europe. Converging to finish in Monaco after surviving numerous hazardous road conditions, which included snow and ice during both day and night, completion of the event would offer manufacturers invaluable publicity and promotion, together with the prestige of a strong finishing result. A brief and entertaining video showing the 1963 event can be seen here, where you can also read a short history about the event during the 60s.
This is a digital illustration completed in Photoshop CS5, and the Monte Carlo type is custom designed by me for this poster to reflect hand drawn type from the period.
Prints of this poster (plus t-shirts) can be purchased from my online store at Society6.
- Don’t lower yourself to the unprincipled standards of others.
If the game is a lie, then eradicate the problems or find another game to play.
- Maintaining a lie requires a serial approach to falsehood and deception.
The road you choose will be very long and is unlikely to be fully supported by others for the entire journey. Rumour and innuendo will eventually expose enough of the truth, particularly when financial gain is involved.
- At what cost?
If you opt to cheat and have a responsibility for others, be prepared for substantial consequences for all involved.
- Sport absolutely requires a level playing field for all participants.
To knowingly cheat, regardless of circumstances, completely disrespects competitors, officials, volunteers, sponsors and spectators. Without adherence to set rules it is no longer a sporting contest.
- Don’t overcome a major life hurdle and then simply lose your footing at the next obstacle.
Fight with integrity and learn from the experience. Be fully prepared for future challenges and use your recent knowledge and inner belief to overcome without hesitation or missteps.
- Win without sin.
Accept all the adulation and the rewards of success without a closet full of gruesome skeletons.
- It’s really, really not about the bike.
Sport is passion. Life is emotional. Better yourself through effort, dedication and a commitment to standards and accountability. Attempt to positively influence those around you through honest self-management and just doing the right thing.
* I’ve updated the background of my previously posted Lance Armstrong illustration to reflect his recent downfall: from an admired winner to a disgraced sinner.
Here in Australia we are about to begin our international cricket summer season (featuring South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies), so I’ve started on a few ideas that recognize Australia’s past sporting heroes in this great game – in true Aussie humorous style.
Above are the first two finished designs for top-order batsman David Boon (career: 1984-1996) and wicket-keeper/batsman Adam Gilchrist (1996-2008).
Tasmanian David Boon became an iconic member of the Australian team, primarily due to his short and stocky stature, unruffled demeanour, and his ability to save Australia with determined batting when they were fighting to be competitive. Known as ‘Boonie’ he became a legendary character after it was claimed he drank 52 cans of beer on a flight to London in 1989. My design plays with this fabled story and I thought it would be a perfect T-shirt slogan for the heavy drinking lads who sit (or stand!) in the sun all day, supporting the Australian team.
Born in New South Wales, Adam Gilchrist is one of the most popular players from the recent period when Australia dominated international cricket. ‘Gilly’ was an attacking left-handed batsman who could individually turn a game in Australia’s favour, due to his powerful and rapid run scoring in the middle-order. He was also a highly efficient wicket-keeper, who performed with great skill and mental focus whilst keeping to the demanding spin bowling from Shane Warne. My design references both Gilchrist’s freakish abilities and his honourable sense of fair play – he really was good!
The nervous batsman awaits the demon bowler. The scoreboard details uninspired performances from those proceeding him this innings; his team needs solid runs from him now to avoid an embarrassingly heavy defeat. He taps his bat on the crease, organizes his racing thoughts, and concentrates on the approaching delivery.
The death rattle is the last thing he wanted to hear…
(inspired by a song)
The 99th edition of Le Tour de France is currently racing towards an arrival in Paris on Sunday July 22nd – after an exhausting 3,497 kilometres. To add my small mark in celebrating the famous event I’ve put together this old style poster design, using a vector version of one of my photographs of professional cyclists, together with some nice vintage letterpress type. Oh, and… Go Cadel!
Another MotoGP illustration, following my previous Casey Stoner and Marco Simoncelli pieces from last year. This is a great angle of Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo down low as he turns through a corner on his way to victory in the 2012 British Grand Prix.
Illustration was completed in Photoshop in around 10 hours, mainly using a custom pressure-sensitive chalk effect brush, which helps me to achieve the rough texturing and detailing that I favour.
On October 23rd, during lap 2 of the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, Italian rider Marco Simoncelli suffered a terrible, and fatal accident. Simoncelli rode with passion and exuberance, and together with his wild long hair and positive attitude became a firm favourite to many motorcycling fans around the world. I’ll miss watching him riding, and will no longer be able to urge him on to win his first MotoGP race.
My illustrated poster is a remembrance and personal tribute to a talented and charismatic young rider, who will be greatly missed. This piece was completed in Adobe Photoshop, using charcoal and watercolour brushes, and the logo was created in Illustrator.
Ciao Marco – RIP.