Racers from Gran Turismo 6

Deltawing Audi R18 TDI Nissan GT-R Kart 100 Citroën GT Mount Panorama Toyota YellowHat Mazda RX7 Lexus IS350


Motorsport Heroes poster

Motorsport Heroes posterAfter 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:

AndrettiRöhrlNuvolariMass + IckxMossPrints are available from søciety6

1970’s Grand Prix heroes

1972 Lotus-Ford 72D1973 Tyrrell-Ford 0061975 Ferrari 312T

Here’s some more illustrations from my Motorsport Heroes poster project. This time showing three world championship winning cars and drivers from the 1970’s:

  • Emerson Fittipaldi ~ 1972 Lotus 72D
  • Jackie Stewart ~ 1973 Tyrrell 006
  • Niki Lauda ~ 1975 Ferrari 312T

Three iconic designs from what is surely the greatest decade for Formula One car design.

Motorsport Heroes

1966 Repco-Brabham BT191988 Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes PeakThe 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.

Final laps in Gran Turismo 5

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1Alfa Romeo TZ2Ford Focus RS WRCMazda Savanna RX-7 GT-XFord Mustang Trans-CammerVolkswagen 1200

After repairs to my ‘fat’ PS3 (YLOD struck it down) I’m now up and running again, and so am taking a number of cars for a final drive in GT5 before the new GT6 lands later this year. Posted here are a few photos of a variety of models I’ve taken for a spin:

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Alfa Romeo TZ2
Ford Focus RS WRC 07
Mazda Savanna RX-7 GT-X
Ford Mustang Trans-Cammer
Volkswagen 1200

1985 Australian Grand Prix, Adelaide

Keke Rosberg - Adelaide 1985Patrick Tambay and Stefan Johansson - Adelaide 1985I’ve been poking about in the dusty old Rylee Vault again, and have come up with a couple of illustrations produced 27 years ago!

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.

We can all be an 8-Bit Champion!

8-Bit ChampionA 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 …

Available to purchase as a T-shirt, throw pillow, iPhone skin and more from søciety6.

8-Bit Champion by rylee8-Bit Champion

The Doctor is in

Valentino RossiValentino 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.

1991 Australian Formula One Grand Prix

1991 Williams-Renault FW14, Nigel Mansell

1991 Williams-Renault FW14, Nigel Mansell


Equipe Ligier Gitanes and Leyton House Racing teams, pit lane, 1991 Australian Formula One Grand Prix

Equipe Ligier Gitanes and Leyton House Racing teams in pit lane


Mark Blundell in his Brabham-Yamaha

Mark Blundell in his Brabham-Yamaha BT60Y


Inside the Fondmetal-Ford garage

Inside the Fondmetal-Ford garage


A casual Nigel Mansell

A casual Nigel Mansell


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!

Motor Style Inc.: Rallye Monte Carlo

Rallye Monte Carlo
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.

Silverstone is Lorenzo’s Land

British MotoGP winner Jorge Lorenzo

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.


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