cars and motorbikes

The battery of my little old Twingo went off this morning. Apparently I forgot the trunk door opened for a couple of days. I Called the insurance mechanic and while waiting for him, started sketching. He arrived faster than I imagined, in a fancy Range Rover ( I got disappointed, I thought he would arrive in a typical old red crane). He quickly charged the battery and told me to let the engine on for 30m. I kept on sketching (that is when I loose the sense of time…) and only stopped when I saw some steam getting out from the overheated engine! Opened the bonnet and the engine water was boiling…On the other hand, I was freezing!

If you live in Bushwick you should have notice this lovely Chevy Impala, always parked around this corner. I did the sketch on site, drawing it directly on ink and painting using watercolor. This image was used to ilustrate to my NYC book cover, awarded at the 18e rendez-vous du Carnet de Voyage.

1958-Chevrolet Impala1960 

While waiting for the mechanic to change a perforated tire (the screw is on my left hand and the tire was brand new – didn’t have more than 1km!). I wanted to sketch my car ( started to draw  it in the left part of the sketchbook), but I wasn’t allowed to be among the mechanics, so I had to draw in the boring area where the new cars were. I decided to occupy my time with this fancy 2 Series Cabrio… 

This morning at the box of the team Raton Racing on the Lamborghini Blanc Pain Super Trofeo. One of the team members (they were all very nice!) thanked me for making the sketch, saying that it would give them luck to the race! In fact, this car I accidently choose to sketch, won later the race, becoming world Champion!
At the end, I return to the boxes and asked the driver (and champion) Dane Lind to sign my sketch.

Roberto Tanca, Thanks for the picture.

Triumph TR3 Night sketch in very nice company chez Tazab, merci!

Once a year, in Clermont Ferrand, a group of sketchers get together to draw a classic car. I was lucky to be invited this year to sketch the lovely 1958 Triumph!

Some of them have special gear to sketch at night, like fancy glasses with LED light!


Second sketch at Retro AUTO&MOTO Valencia. This time one of favorites: the Citroën DS (maybe for sentimental reasons). I realized at the end that I took almost 2 hours to draw and paint this one (time flys when I’m drawing!!) Thanks again to Club Automóviles de Valencia for being so nice with me while I was sketching their classics.

Finally I hable to sketch a Jaguar E-type! Drawing and painting is undoubtedly the best way to assimilate those lovely forms, although I must admit was not easy to paint that British green …This morning at RETRO AUTO&MOTO VALENCIA. Thanks to Club Automóviles Antiguos de Valencia for letting me sketch the jag!

I’ve been drawing a lot the 80’s version of the Ford F-150, using pictures I find in the web. It is one of the protagonists of the storyboard I’m working on, so, when I saw this one in Brooklyn, I couldn’t resist to draw it live!

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