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07-14-2015, 01:54 AM
Hello everybody, it's been a while. I've finally decided to come back and share my sketches and hopefully renew my dedication to frequent and better sketching. Most of sketches will be of old trucks, tractors and cars, from life when possible.

I won't go all the way back to the beginning of the year, instead I'll just start with late last month, June 28th to be exact when I attended the annual Antique Power Show in Wallsburg, Utah. The grounds the show is held on encompass a large area so I just took a 5x8 sketchbook and a mechanical pencil. When I settled down to sketch I discovered that the pencil was out of lead. The only other writing instrument I had on me was a cheap ball point pen and these two sketches were the result;

A derelict '35 Ford "humpback" sedan.

A 1941 Chevy COE (Cab Over Engine) truck, restored. I might have exaggerated the height a bit but not by that much really, these were pretty odd looking trucks.

07-14-2015, 01:59 AM
An update to the '36 Chevy Sedan sketch. That sketch was done in my 5x8 Strathmore Bristol smooth sketchbook. I was curious as to how well it would take a watercolor wash so I colored that sketch;


I think it took the wash quite well, in fact I think it took it about as well as their 140lb watercolor sketchbook and the bonus is it takes pen and pencil much better. I didn't hold back on the application of water either, I used a large watercolor brush. The paper dried with a curl to it but no worse than the watercolor paper.

07-14-2015, 03:30 PM
Dave, welcome back. Good to see you are still sketching vehicles. These are great.

07-14-2015, 07:11 PM
Thanks Debby.

Here's one from earlier this year, though it's a stretch to call it a sketch, I spent several hours on it.


07-15-2015, 02:24 AM
Great :)

07-15-2015, 02:31 PM
Wonderful truck.

07-16-2015, 09:37 AM
Thanks Vivian, Debby.

Here are a couple small, quick pencil sketches I did at a car show about two weeks ago;

A 1930's Ford dump truck

A 1920's Durant cabriolet coupe;

A hot rod with a Model T Ford coupe body


07-16-2015, 02:40 PM
Brilliant sketches. Looks like a fun day at the car show.

07-16-2015, 04:28 PM
Love the colour piece in post 4 and the hatching marks in your latest post :)

07-17-2015, 10:04 AM
Thanks Debbie, EP

Here are two sketches from earlier in the week.

This is a '60 Corvette race from on the track, done from a vintage photo.


This is a hot rod with a home made body and a flathead Ford V8 engine from a photo I took at a car show.


07-17-2015, 10:07 AM
Last night I went to a car show and did some sketching.

I warmed up by doing this little pencil sketch of a Ford Cobra kit car;

Then I did a pen and watercolor of this 69' Corvette roadster;


Then another pen and watercolor of a custom 1950 Chevy pickup. The truck actually had ugly modern alloy rims on it, I couldn't bring myself to draw this and so just put plain steel wheels with center caps on it.


And finally just another small pencil sketch to end the night, a Model A Ford street rod;


07-17-2015, 10:52 AM
I have a fondness for red Corvette convertibles :)

07-17-2015, 03:38 PM
Wonderful job on these.

07-18-2015, 02:05 PM
Thanks EP, Debby.

Here are a couple more from earlier in the year;

I did this pencil sketch to test a composition for a painting. The painting is currently on the easel but I haven't worked on it in a while.


Just a little pen sketch done while taking a walk in the canyon.


07-18-2015, 04:52 PM
You'll have to show us the painting when it's finished. Great scene you have worked out. The tree roots are great too.

07-20-2015, 07:04 PM
Thanks Debby.

This was my first from 2015 done on Jan. 2nd while sitting in my car since the temps were in the teens(F) outside. This old Ford truck is sitting outside an old farm in the small town of Eden, Utah.


chammi kaiser
07-21-2015, 04:41 AM
Wonderful sketches Dave. Love the lively style.

07-21-2015, 03:45 PM
Great image of the truck in the snow.

07-21-2015, 07:32 PM
Thanks Chammi, Debbi

Here's another one from early in the year based on a vintage photo. The vehicle is a wrecker made from a used Locomobile luxury car.


07-23-2015, 03:28 PM
Creative vehicle. Wonderful sketch.

07-24-2015, 01:03 AM
A lot of great work on the vehicles. Nice colour also. This type of illustration and the hurried washes suit the older derelict vehicles in a way that fits compared to the classy paint on the newer vehicles. Nice work Dave!

07-24-2015, 01:44 PM
Thanks Debby, Jon

Here are a couple more from earlier this year, small, quick pen sketches.

This one is based on a photo I took at a car show


This one is based on a photo I took at a wrecking yard.


07-24-2015, 11:33 PM
More great vehicle sketches. This is definitely your subject.

07-28-2015, 01:18 PM
Thanks Debby.

Here are a couple more from earlier in the year. They were done from life in the rural Utah town of Erda.

First an old barn. It looked like this was part of some kind of agricultural business of some sort rather than a simple hay barn.


An old, abandoned Ford truck just parked next to the street for display. People putting these relics out as "yard art" is a nice gift to artists. :)


07-28-2015, 05:18 PM
Old trucks and cars as yard art. :lol: Of great benefit to someone like you who loves to draw and paint the vehicles. Great pages.

07-28-2015, 06:39 PM
Love the latest truck with the cracked windshield :)

chammi kaiser
07-29-2015, 03:46 AM
Super sketches Dave. You really have given those old vehicles life.

07-29-2015, 06:28 AM
These really are great studies..

07-29-2015, 07:13 PM
Thanks Debby, EP, Chammi, JJ.

That's one of the reasons I love exploring rural areas Debby, lots of that kind of stuff out there.

07-30-2015, 02:06 AM
Wow. You do a lot with vehicles and you're good at them. That red Corvette reminded me of one I saw as a kid that must have been an earlier model because I think I was eleven or twelve, yours was a 69. It was similar in its lines though, belonged to a friend of my parents. When I was that young I remember being disappointed at the way fins were vanishing from cars, liked the ones with extravagant fins.

Gorgeous tree roots too and the landscape sketch is great, that'll be a beautiful painting if you develop it. Like the loose washes on some of these. Great going! I missed seeing your sketches and paintings! Glad you're back!

07-30-2015, 09:37 AM
Thanks Robert.

I just finished this "painting" tonight. It's more than a sketch but I'm only calling it a painting because watercolor is the primary medium but it also has a lot of pen work and a little colored pencil in it as well. It doesn't really seem to fit any other place on WC so I'm posting it here;

I call this "Parts Tractor" because I assume it was stripped of many of it's parts to either restore another tractor to it's original glory or to keep an old but running tractor working the farm. The tractor is an International Harvester Farmall. With my increasing interest in tractors I'm starting to learn how to spot them. They aren't like cars with annual model updates so it can be tough!

chammi kaiser
07-30-2015, 09:48 AM
These sketches are wonderful Dave. They touch a special part of me having spent most of my childhood on a farm in South Africa. Love this old tractor.

07-30-2015, 02:47 PM
Yes, it does look like it's be used for parts. Great image.

08-03-2015, 12:48 AM
Thanks Chammi, Debby

08-07-2015, 10:16 AM
Did this graphite sketch last night;

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Aug-2015/201970-sketch292.jpg It's a hot rod based on a 1932 Ford tudor sedan. I'm trying out a slightly more refined version of my sketching style. I took the reference photo at an indoor car show so the lighting was omnidirectional, I tried to put some direction in it but I can see it's not consistent. I might try this one again, fix some of the drawing issues and the light issues and maybe add a bit of a background, probably the Bonneville salt flats.

08-07-2015, 02:14 PM
I can see what you mean about the shadows. Great sketch none the less. :) I certainly couldn't pull that off.

08-09-2015, 02:28 AM
Thanks Debby.

I attended a car show today and did this small, quick pencil sketch of an old military jeep.


I took advantage of being in the area and headed west where I knew there was some farm land. I painted this during the last hour or so of daylight;


It's not really a sketch, it's an 8" X 10" acrylic painting on panel, but what the heck, figured I'd share it here anyway.

08-09-2015, 03:25 AM
That tractor is one of your best :)

08-09-2015, 04:14 PM
Lovely images, both of them.

08-11-2015, 09:40 AM
Thanks Vivian, Debby.

08-15-2015, 11:21 PM
I spent the morning at a truck show today, mostly newer trucks but I found a couple old ones to sketch.

This is a 1926 International with solid rubber tires and chain drive, top speed between 20 and 30 mph and the cab isn't even fully enclosed. Trucking wasn't for the faint hearted back then!

This one is a 1941 Mack. In just 15 years trucks got much nicer to drive, pneumatic tires, fully enclosed cab and top speeds at least 50mph.

I blogged about these sketches as well. I included at the end of the blog post a story about a summer trip to California in my Dad's old Mack, I won't repeat that story here, if you are interested here is the link;



08-16-2015, 12:45 AM
In just 15 years trucks got much nicer to drive, pneumatic tires, fully enclosed cab and top speeds at least 50mph.

Indeed. Great sketches!

Joan T
08-16-2015, 12:19 PM
Great to see some of your sketches again, David. I really like that tractor "painting". Good job!

08-16-2015, 10:52 PM
Thanks EP, Joan.

I'm not an urban/cityscape painter but I pass under this rail bridge every weekday going to and from work and for a long time I've thought that it might make a decent painting in the right light. The area is a bit sketchy so I'm not comfortable with the idea of spending two hours there doing a painting so I went there this evening to take photos and do a quick pencil sketch;


I took photos with cars going through one even with a motorcycle so I could put one in if I want but I'm thinking that might make the scene too busy. I think I'll have to play down the color of the panels on the sides and the height restriction sign overhead (they are yellow-orange) and play up the red color of the stop sign to make it the focal point. Or should I add some note of color in the distance through the bridge to make that a focal point? What do you think?

08-17-2015, 01:11 AM
Wow! I love the Parts Tractor especially. All your vehicles have so much character and such refined tone and accurate rendering that I'm in awe. Love the acrylic landscape, it's beautiful and painterly. You're so good at this. The weather in the small painting feels like it's too hot and quietly buzzing, very atmospheric.

08-21-2015, 09:52 AM
Thanks Robert.

Here's a quick pencil sketch I did last night to test an idea for a painting;


Here's a work in progress, pen and watercolor painting, I hope to have it done by the end of the weekend.


08-21-2015, 05:51 PM
On the bridge painting, do some thumbnails with color, same concept as composition, but to get an idea of focal points and colors used.

Great concept sketch and lovely painting in progress.

Joan T
08-23-2015, 08:40 AM
I like that bridge sketch. Debby has a good idea to do some thumbnails to decide on the focal point. Nice pieces!

09-07-2015, 12:10 AM
Thanks Debby, Joan.

I've been lazy about sketching lately, I'll try to turn that around. I did do this sketch last week at a car show and just got around to scanning it.


It's a '56 Ford police car being used by the Kaysville City D.A.R.E program. However I don't believe it was really used originally as a police car, since it has the side trim of a deluxe model. Most police cars were purchased as the most basic stripped down models, but it is possible it was the Chief's car and he was able to sneak in a PO for something a little fancier.

09-07-2015, 02:58 PM
It's still a cool car. Great sketch.

10-04-2015, 11:48 PM
I've neglected this thread, sorry guys. I'm surprised it was still on the first page. Honestly, I haven't done any new sketches until a couple days ago when I decided to jump into Inktober.

Inktober Sketch No. 1

This one is just a quickie to get the ball rolling. Done in ten minutes with a .05 Copic pen based on a vintage photo


10-04-2015, 11:51 PM
Inktober sketch No. 2

This is a sepia wash followed by a small amount of sepia pen work based on a photo of an abandoned hay shed I took in Mapleton Utah.


Inktober Sketch No. 3

This one is the opposite, lots of sepia pen work then a sepia ink wash. The truck is a 1952 Ford flatbed from a photo I took in Manti, Utah.


10-05-2015, 07:28 AM
Great sketches!!

10-05-2015, 09:50 AM
Thanks JJ.

I just realized I never showed the finished version of the WIP pen and watercolor piece from above so here it is.


10-05-2015, 11:47 AM

10-05-2015, 07:50 PM
Thanks Vivian.

Here's Inktober sketch No. 4, just a quickie using a Copic .05 pen based on a photo I took in Mapleton, Utah.


10-05-2015, 07:52 PM
Here's another sketch I did during my absence. I started this sketch on site at Wheeler Farm with pen and watercolor. At home in the studio I did a little more watercolor work and then added some colored pencil. The trees were actually green, but I felt more like they need to have fall colors.


10-05-2015, 11:13 PM
Wow! These are all fantastic, David. You have a way with vehicles that's like my drawing cats, they're all distinctive, well rounded, natural and well drawn. Love the finished pen watercolor piece. Cool that you're doing Inktober and that you're including pen wash and pen watercolor pieces. I stayed out of it because I'm mainly doing pen watercolor and pastels.

10-06-2015, 09:24 PM
Wonderful group of sketches. I really liked the sepia flatbed truck.

10-07-2015, 09:12 AM
I love your old cars and trucks! I especially love the old truck with hay! Still hard at work it looks like!