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NIAGARA FALLS, ONT

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Hi Fellas!

Some of you are familiar with my metal shaping and fab work on the sports car we're currently building from scratch.  A while ago a suggestion was made to post on Ontario Rodders some of the illustrations and graphic design stuff that I also delve into as well. 

It’s pretty clear that I love cars, trucks, bikes and pretty much anything else on wheels. Doesnt' particularly matter what year or make... as long as it's cool.  So, when I’m out and about and spot a ride, I’ll make some mental notes about how it might look if I was to put my own fingerprints on it.  Later, when I get a few minutes, I transpose these ideas down on paper in the form of an ‘ideation’ sketch/rendering.   

Here are a few examples of some of the sketches I've done.

 

... and a couple of vehicle display boards.

 

Thanks for looking! smile



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I really like the 56 Chevy,You really cleaned up the front end nicely.The headlight treatment works for me.Very nice Gasser stance. Ed

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Thanks Ed!

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Very nice! Just have to ask. what type of markers are you using??

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chevyboy wrote:

Very nice! Just have to ask. what type of markers are you using??


 Thanks!  For the most part I use Prismacolor illustration markers.  Other times just a Bic pen and a Sharpie.



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It shoudnt surprize me with seeing your skill in metal shaping But wow extremely impressive work technically before you even get to the subject matter. I see a lot of art work owned a few gallerys and my partner is a member of the tiger group in hamilton so dam your good dosint come out of my mouth often.



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Wow.....
Very gifted artist for sure.

Janice

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Thanks for the great examples, super nice!!

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Thank you all for the thumbs up! As with anything i guess, it's a matter of mileage... We have a number of members on the Site here who lay down stripes that make my head spin... if only my hand was that steady!!

Slim, I'm very honored by your comment. I've heard of the Tiger Group in Hamilton while I was at Mac, but at that time I was more into the building and less into the artistic side of the custom car world.

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Nice work !! I have problems signing my name and keeping it between the lines when I renew my driver's license. I always have to do it 2-3 times !!

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Nice stuff, thanks for posting it!

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NIAGARA FALLS, ONT

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Thanks very much for looking!

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Nick, You never cease to amaze me with your tallents....

You are the Niagara Falls "Chip Foose" ....if you only had connections with TV

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Grumpsbodyworks wrote:

Nick, You never cease to amaze me with your tallents....

You are the Niagara Falls "Chip Foose" ....if you only had connections with TV


Your kind workds are very much appreciated Grumps! smile  But, I'm no Chip Foose.... that guy, he's livin the life.

 

Connections with TV?? No way man!  Would be too much hype for me.  I just like getting out in the shop and doing what I like as well as enjoy helping out others on their rides. 



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Nick,

I'd like to get together this summer and visit your "Man Cave"

Maybe we can strike a deal and get you to do one of your drawings for me.....

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Grumpsbodyworks wrote:

Nick,

I'd like to get together this summer and visit your "Man Cave"

Maybe we can strike a deal and get you to do one of your drawings for me.....


 Sounds cool Glenn.  Would be great to meet you in person as well.  I'll get the place cleaned up a bit and make sure there are some cold ones in the fridge.

 



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Some more sketches from my facebook site that I've posted for Ideation Sketch Mondays ...



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Very nice Nick, of coarse we wouldn't expect anything less from such a talented guy!

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Chris Stapley wrote:

Very nice Nick, of coarse we wouldn't expect anything less from such a talented guy!


 Thanks very much Mr. C!  smilesmile



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Here are a few sketches I've done over the past while.. plus a few re-up'd  that photobucket decided to make disappear. 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Nice, the Olds is awsome. Ed

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talented for sure


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They look neat,kind of partial to the thin pillar 59. Those cars look so custom from the factory...but a little tweak can make them nicer.

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Thanks Gents!

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As always. Unreal.smile



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Very nice!

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Thanks!

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Very Nice work!

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I think Nick deserves a spot in Street Rodder as well!

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Thanks Gents!

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wow is your name chip fosse lol  love the truck pics



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NIAGARA FALLS, ONT

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Thanks for the thumbs up Don.

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WOW!!! I can't even sketch a stick man. Nice work.......

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Thank you Terry. 



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I'm a little late.....Very Nice work!!

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Thanks!

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Just checked out your artwork. Extreemly impressive. Love the Olds and the Studebakers. The 56 Chev is a knockout.

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Thanks Bud!

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PORT HOPE, ONT

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If you need a real challenge , what would you do with that Dodge 2dr wagon that has been for sale forever on Kiji. Even if you could take it from fugley to just butt ugly, Sedandelivery, kustom, gasser ? Ed

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Hi Ed, Do you have a link/photo of that Dodge?

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Sorry Nick I don't know how to do that but here is the Kijiji add number 559949926. Are you sure you want to look at this beast ,it might become an impossible mission. Ed

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Ahh yes, that body style. Let's see.... biggrin



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Be carefull man ,that's one fugley ride. That front looks alien. It could get into your head. If you can clean that up genious comes to mind, well maybe Steve Stanford or Bell. Ed

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was looking at that '59 last night and have a few ideas in mind of how to take the ugly out of it...other than cutting it up for scrap..   Just need to scratch them out on paper.  biggrin

I can go in two different directions.  My question to you Ed is how much of the original sheet metal you'd what to retain. 



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Well I guess if it were my car I would want to keep most of the side profile. I think a customizer would want the fins left . Again if it were mine I would try to loose that center piller or go sedandelivery, just to clean up the sides or maybe an ElCamino treatment might work. As for the front man Nick your guess is as good(without doubt way better)as mine . Sometimes ugly is cool just not this time. To me a tube grill might make it too wide and teeth might just make it meaner. Maybe canted headlights with the fender pulled around to expose a little tire from the front might make it a little less massive. Maybe just trim the lower 1/3 of the grill crank the torshon bars to lower it and raise the front bumper up higher. Just lookin and dreaming maybe Chris Stapley could pitch a few ideas he always has an eye for the Kustoms. I love wagons so this on intreegs me ,can't figure out why some Mopar guy hasen't grabbed this one up as it has been for sale for a long time maybe its too far gone underneath. Maybe if you beautify it ,and it sells, the owner will give you a commission on the sale. Ed

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i particularily like the bullet nose stude........but i am a little biased.



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You got some great ideas Ed!

Here's a really quick loose sketch of one of the less radical versions I have in mind for this Mopar.....and there are a lot of changes. At the risk of offending the original designers, at first blush... changing the roofline and sideglass(magnum roof won't work), re-arching the front profile,stretching the fins forward and shortening the overall length would clean up the lines. When it comes to the front, I wanted to keep that menacing Fury appearance but reduce the massiveness with an integrated fascia. Would also save on some re-chroming expenses.

I believe Dodges had full length frames up to '59 so things are still possible with respect rebuilding this duckling. After that, they went unibody which experienced body sag in centre section especially if they've been sitting in the field.

Would be a fun project to get involved with.  Anyway, just some ideas. 

Thanks for the design challenge Ed.  



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studeshaker wrote:

i particularily like the bullet nose stude........but i am a little biased.


 Hey Doug, yeah that Bullet belongs to a friend out in Nova Scotia.  smile  Great custom!



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Very cool in sutch a short time Nick. Right on with the front end,still looks evil but much slimmer. You are right the top sketch has the better roofline. Its fun to see what a little nip and tuck can do to help the "style challenged" vehicles. Ed

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Very cool in sutch a short time Nick. Right on with the front end,still looks evil but much slimmer. You are right the top sketch has the better roofline. Its fun to see what a little nip and tuck can do to help the "style challenged" vehicles. Ed


Thanks for the thumbs up.  When I get around to doing a final illustration of this car things will be refined a bit more. 

By the way, are you referring to the "top" as the the 'middle' top or the 'top' top?  biggrinbiggrin  The 'top' top is the original roofline and body style.

 



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