Airbrush maestro and Disney artist extraordinaire, Art Alvarez stops by to share the incredible story of his career.From humble beginnings to touring with Ed Roth to drawing for the Mouse, Art has seemingly done it all, yet is just getting started on the next leg of his creative journey.
Jeff Allison joins the Gearheads on episode forty-four, recorded in he Round Six Experience at the 70th Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona. Things go slightly off of the rails in one of the most laid-back and enjoyably fun episodes, as the guys talk Star Wars Hot Wheels, art, careers, branding, project car ideas and Tiki drinks, too.
On episode thirty-one, the Gearheads talk project cars, photoshoots and the trials and tribulations of starting a car magazine from the ground up with Automotive Photographer Robert McGaffin. You’ve probably seen his work on a number of covers over the years, and on this episode, we pull the covers back on what it takes to make it as one of the best lens men in the hot rod world.
It’s the triumphant return of the Pirate and Turtle as the Gearheads spend some time taking art, cars and taking major life risks to chase a dream in the automotive industry with Chris Dunlop, aka “Pinstripe Chris.” Truly a man wise beyond his years, it’s an episode that any artist, fresh or established will find invaluable in terms of shared experience and advice.
No presets, meshes or brushes, just paths and pen tool. There’s a lot to be said for using the basic tools, and I find it to be a very Zen experience; it becomes the art of massaging your brain while working. It can get tedious, but the key is in finding a rhythm, wherein you can alternate between left and right brain, solving little design and engineering issues as you make everything look “right” or “cool.”
A late-night thinking binge took me down the rabbit hole, considering that today’s artists will be remembered or even rediscovered in quite a different fashion from those who came before. What’s odd is that instead of learning about me in libraries or museums, someone will find my life’s work via some internet search, scattered among loosely-related images and links chosen by some algorithm.