Since the dawn of the automobile age, people have raced cars. To promote those races, illustrators and artists were commissioned to create posters that would draw crowds in.
While the narrative always changes, each card reflects a personal mood, location or moment in time. From holiday destinations to concours inspiration, the illustrations at the foundation of each card say something about that time and place. Layered on top is a fictional race that sets the tone for the style of the drawing, the typefaces used, and the medium I use to create the art.
As a Lanciaphile, the story of the D50 has always fascinated me. The beautiful grand prix car's tragic and unusual story inspired my first card in the style of Geo Ham in 2001.
This spectacular Alfa Romeo caught my attention at a Concours d'elegance in 2002 and became the basis of my first digital illustration, created entirely in Adobe Illustrator.
I had just met the woman who would eventually become my wife, and the warm glow flowing through me inspired me to paint this card. Done in acrylics on canvas, it still hangs in our home every year for the holiday season.
Reading a book about Stirling Moss inspired this card, set in Rothenburg, Germany during a fictitious road race. The illustration was created entirely in Adobe Illustrator.
I saw this car at a concours d'elegance and decided it needed to go on the card. It was intended to run the legendary Carrera Panamericana, so Mexico became the location of the 2005 card.
Looking to move into a new era, I decided to paint the incredible Porsche 917K (in the evocative Salzburg livery) in acrylics on canvas. This painting now hangs at a Porsche restoration shop in Pennsylvania.
My honeymoon in Southern France inspired this previously unpublished cars set in Isle sur la Sorgue, France. Digitally drawn in Autodesk Sketchbook.
The Henry Avenue Bridge in Philadelphia inspired me on a regular basis as I drove under it, while the curves of the classic Jaguar echoed the bridge's arches. Digitally drawn car on Adobe Illustrator background.
One of my favorite car designs of all time, I drew this Lancia Aurelia B20GT driving along the mountain roads above the car design center of the world, Turin. The "Twenty-five thousand miles of Christmas" a reference to both Santa's trip around the world, as well as the great long-distance races of the past such as the Mille Miglia.
A commission from a friend and long-time customer, this card reflects his personal vehicle and a special moment in time for him—in this case an Aston Martin Vantage in London's Carlos Place. For the frst time, I used Affinity Designer on a both an iPad and Mac to create this art.
The car was chosen specifically for its unglamorous appearance to reflect an "ugly" year, personally, professionally and globally. This digital sketch was created on Procreate for iPad, and the return to pixel-based Art Deco beginnings seems to have resonated with many people.
In a year of lockdowns and unusual circumstances for us all, I created this card based on one of the most unusual finishes in racing history, when Georges Boillot crashed in the final meters from the finish line of the 1919 Targa Florio.
A year without specific automotive inspiration let me choose a car just because it's fascinated me for years. The BMW 328 Mille Miglia was a formidable race car and a one of the last of a breed of extraordinary pre-WWII cars that have provided me inspiration for years.
An homage to the amazing Paddy Hopkirk, who won the 1963 Rallye Monte Carlo in the diminutive Mini Cooper, cementing both the car and driver's place in motorsport history.
While all of my designs are intended to recreate vintage racing posters (and look great on the wall at Christmas time!), they have also serve as my personal Christmas card in the year they are created and then become available for sale in limited numbers to anyone who is interested. If you would like to purchase a poster or cards of my designs, please contact me to find out more.
Some of my other projects
Sympad AppUX Design
DuPont Enzylator AppUX Design
Car Design Research Design SystemUX, Branding, Presentation Design
The Scientist - How It WorksTechnical Illustration
DuPont Industrial Biosciences websiteUser Experience, Product Design
MédecinDirect AppUX Design
Retro Automotive PostersIllustration