Thanks to the guys from Pinstriping and Kustom Graphics magazine for featuring A drag race helmet I airbrushed in the latest issue. The progress article on the various steps of the paint process turned out nice.
Yesterday I struggled like crazy with a sketch of a female for an art piece I’m working on. I knew what look I wanted but I couldn’t get it down on the paper. I dropped sketching for my project and just focused on cracking the code to drawing the female face. I’m still not where I intend to be. But I’m encouraged by the visible progress I’m making. Which goes to show that the practice practice practice thing they always talk about, is not all bullshit.
I bought the e-book version of this book: Incredible Comic Book Women: How to Draw Comic Book Women it was actually quite helpful.
Had kind of a hard time today sketching for a large fine art piece I started working on. I’ve always been less good at drawing females. An old drawing teacher of mine, (Thor Toft, RIP), said that you can always recognize a good male illustrator by how well he draws women. I was a teenager back then and it have been stuck in my mind ever since. I still think I suck at drawing woman. So I guess I’m just a pretender. Stupidly enough it never got me to practice, until now.
In my despair and search for inspiration, and to see how other guys managed the tricky subject I came a cross this short film about Mr. Cartoon the tattoo artist. This guys rules, and he draws some killer women.
Here’s a pretty cool video about pinstriping.
I have been on the road almost continuously for two months now. Away every weekend only home a day or two then off to the next event. So much good stuff going on at the moment that it is impossible to keep up with it all. Business does not take care of it self. So in July I need to stay home and take care of all the things I have neglected. Such as making issue 4 of Kustomposten, and setup shooting appointments with the European artists for Flake and Flames. Also got some pretty cool paint projects coming up, can’t say much else than it will involve flake and of course pinstriping.
So back to work… I leave you with this video The Pixeleye shot at Bottrop Kustom Kulture 2011. It’s still one of the best meets around.
I shot the footage for this video when we where in California shooting for Flake & Flames.
Shot with a canon 7D, 35mm f1.4 L Canon lense, Manfrotto monopod, and ND filter.
Making-of/Hot Rod Shooting: Dirk “The Pixeleye” Behlau shooting Dano´s Hot Rod (guitar player of legendary surfband The Dynotones) in California/USA.
Filmed by: Jesper Bram
Edited by: Dirk Behlau
Soundtrack by: The Dynotones, www.dynotones.com
Shot with: Canon 7D
Info about flake and flames:
“The world famous Kool Lifestyle Photographer Dirk “The Pixeleye” Behlau and the acclaimed Pinstriper and Artist, Jesper Bram join forces on an astonishing adventure to make a documentary Film about the Kustom Kulture movement around the globe.”
Dirk and Jesper will spend a year going from California through Europe and end in Japan in search of the coolest Kustom Kulture people and events on the planet. Picking the brains of living legends, up and coming artists and builders within the culture.
The guys seek out some of the hottest Kustom Kulture spots and get some of the worlds best car and motorcycle builders, tattoo artists, pinstripers, custom painters and pin-up models to share their tricks and experience.
Who are these two morons?
Dirk Behlau, aka „The Pixeleye“, born in 1971, is an internationally acclaimed designer and photographer from Cologne/Germany. Since 1999, he has created individual high-class solutions for international customers in his design-studio „Pixeleye Interactive“.
Dirk Behlau has previously directed the DVD “Drag Racing – Turtman Switzerland 2007”, as well as shot several trailers and teasers for the legendary finnish rockband Leningrad Cowboys and other bands.
Jesper Bram, born 1973 is a renowned Danish pinstriper and artist. He has a strong background in advertising and holds multiple awards and nominations in graphic design. As an entrepreneur, Jesper has been involved in several large scale international projects since the mid nineties.
Jesper has been into custom cars and motorcycles since childhood and has been drawing just as long. In 2009 he founded his automotive pinstriping and design studio J.Bram Kustom Graphics.
These guys deserve the utmost respect. True artists. Super cool guys, and very beautifully shot video as well. I’m going to watch this hundred times.
The Zombie Love illustration I did for the Sketch Theatre contest in February won first place.
It was my first time of entering one of their contest. I’m a bit of a Zombie fan, so I couldn’t resist the temptation when I saw the theme was Zombie Love.