I remember when these cars were everywhere!
Not quite the "bathtub" style, but very memorable as one of the mainstays of middle class transportation.
I always did like Nash. Loved the little Metropolitan. Lois Lane drove a Metropolitan.
Anyway...i think you did a great job on this. Much better than just okay me thinks.
It's a very good piece of work!
Yeah, I think they're neat cars. One of the big reasons I like it is because it ISN'T a '55 Chevy or a Mustang. It's far more uncommon, and that makes it just as cool in my book I got to drive this car a few months ago and I was surprised how nicely it drove. It wasn't any slowpoke because it doesn't pull around a 5 mega-ton frame, and the three on the tree was pretty familiar and smooth. Engine had some considerable torque too. The only thing I didn't like was pulling out of corners.... the turning radius is about a mile wide because of the low fenders. They also had a good idea, the starter button was located underneath the clutch pedal, so to start it you'd just push the clutch to the floor. The only thing that bothered me about that was that I'd bump the starter when shifting sometimes.
Thanks a lot!
People who lived away from the cities sometimes used those aftermarket clip-on things but in the metro areas we didn't need them. Back then there was almost no FM broadcasting, just a few classical music stations and a bit of talk radio. AM radio was king in those days. Most cars came only with an AM radio, and unlike today, swapping car radios out was almost impossible since the radios were really built-in to the dashboard at the factory and you would have to take half the dashboard out to get at it. I think you could get an AM/FM car radio in the high end cars, Cadillacs, Buicks, Imperials, Lincolns. They were tube radios back then too, transistors did not become popular until the later 1950s. I remember buying my first transistor portable radio (AM only, battery powered, mono - no AM stereo until the late 1960s) from Sears in 1957. I used it to play WLS, the biggest rock station in Chicago at the time. That year we were allowed to bring our little radios to school (4th grade) so we could listen to the World Series games in class! Milwaukee Braves (they later moved to Atlanta) vs. NY Yankees. Braves won 4 games to 3 and we were all very excited for our neighbors up north. Braves went back to the World Series in 1958, again against the Yankees but the damn Yankees won the '58 series. I still have the transistor radio and it may even still work. I'll have to find it in my storage locker and try it. Teacher must have been a baseball fan. At the time, none of the Chicago baseball teams had been in the World Series for a long time and the Braves had never won a World Series. A few years later the White Sox made it to the series, the Cubs . . . well, just wait until next year!
That's really cool! The radio in my chevy was rebuilt sometime in the '70s and converted to FM. It's a tube radio as well. My grandpa put it back in the car and pretty much described how the radio had to be flipped upside down, put under the dash, and shoehorned into the dash.
I'm hoping to get an FM transmitter to kook up to my ipod, so that I can play some of my old records that I recorded.
Thank you very much!
I've seen a picture of a hot-rodded nash of this era, it didn't look too bad as a satin black lead sled!
The "coat hanger" is actually an aftermarket '50s thing. It's a bit bigger diameter than a coat hanger, and has a little clip to hold it on. Apparently, it catches AM or FM waves better because one of them travels horizontally. I think I heard somewhere that FM waves travel in an arc, and FM waves travel in straight horizontal lines.
So not to sound ignorant, but how do you do these drawings? Do you use a Rapidograph pen then watercolor on top?
I'm glad you asked! (Most people aren't nearly as interested.)
The first stage is gaining the motivation to actually draw something. And figure out what car to draw.
second, I freehand the linework lightly with a pencil (this usally takes the longest, lots of editing in this part)
third, I trace over my lines with a Rapidograph pen (yep, you were right) This is usually the fastest, but can take a while because I take constant breaks to keep my hand from getting shaky.
fourth, I do all the stuff like tires, chrome, trim, etc. (anything that needs gray) with a set of Prismacolor markers. Mine have two tips, a wide tip on one end and a fine one on the other. I use 5 shades of gray ranging from black to "20%" gray.
fifth, I lay down the colors with hard-lead colored pencils. (I don't like soft ones, because they dull quickly and have results similar to crayons) In this stage, I color it as it would appear in the reference picture. I also add colors like blue and green/brown to chrome to make it appear reflective.
sixth, I pretty much glaze the body color over with a waxy, soft, white colored pencil. This makes the color appear far less grainier, and smooths it out well. The only downside to this is that it mutes colors somewhat, and it makes it harder to see inked-in lines (such as panel gaps, etc.)
last, I give the whole drawing a good once-over and fix anything I can fix. The things I can't fix, i just get frustrated at myself about.
oh yeah, and my signature. I am religious about putting my signature in places where it can be easily seen and not so easily edited out. (I am paranoid about art thieves.)
I use to do a lot of artwork, mostly pen & ink, ad watercolor. Haven't done anything in years, but I appreciate good art like yours. Keep it up!
Did you come up with the layering technique by experimenting?
Really? could I see some of your artwork?
Thanks a lot for the kind comment
Pretty much. I tried using the clear colored pencils that are made for blending, but they did not do as well as the white colored pencil does. I've been doing it that way for 2 or 3 years.