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

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

Gran Turismo 5: Photo Journey

Gran Turismo 5_Mazda

Gran Turismo 5_Ferarri

Gran Turismo 5_Toyota

Since the original game was released for Sony PlayStation in 1997, I have been an enthusiastic player of Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series. This was the one game that swiftly elevated the bar (and expectations of gamers) for realistic driving physics and racing experiences on a home console. It quickly became a welcome and regular entertainment destination for myself, offering plentiful makes and models of vehicles (road, track, off-road) together with various racing disciplines and competitions, superb recreations of famous real world tracks, plus many well crafted fantasy courses and venues that were simply a great joy and pleasure to drive.

After the release of GT4 I soon discovered that I was often enjoying the excellent Photo Mode as much as the racing itself, and had amassed a large image collection of my racing adventures. The most recent version – GT5 – features vastly improved resolution and definition, which has significantly enhanced the vehicle models and environments, and offers even better opportunities for realistic and accurate in-game photography.

A GT design project beckoned, as I was only using my photographs as desktop wallpapers or home screen backgrounds. So, I’ve produced a 40 page mini-booklet, titled “Photo Journey”, featuring just a small selection of some of my personal favourite cars and images from Gran Turismo 5. Many of the page designs use the four iconic PlayStation button symbols, together with various typographic title treatments and use of both the GT and PlayStation colour schemes.

Along with the three selected spreads shown above I’ve also set up a thumbnail version showing the full booklet, seen below.

Gran Turismo_Photo Journey

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.

Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011

Ciao Marco – Marco Simoncelli remembered

On October 23rd, during lap 2 of the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, Italian rider Marco Simoncelli suffered a terrible, and fatal accident. Simoncelli rode with passion and exuberance, and together with his wild long hair and positive attitude became a firm favourite to many motorcycling fans around the world. I’ll miss watching him riding, and will no longer be able to urge him on to win his first MotoGP race.

My illustrated poster is a remembrance and personal tribute to a talented and charismatic young rider, who will be greatly missed. This piece was completed in Adobe Photoshop, using charcoal and watercolour brushes, and the logo was created in Illustrator.

Ciao Marco – RIP.

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