Category Archives: Motor Car Illustrators

motor car illustrations: early 20th century

From March-May, 1910, Life Magazine inside front cover advertising showcased the above noted six full-color layouts for The Columbia Motor Car Company. The name of the illustrator is barely visible on the advertisements. The Willys-Overland Company developed their market position with advertising illustrations by Coles Phillips (1880-1927). The following advertisement illustration was produced by Phillips… Read More »

around $10,000.

Excerpt by Rory Jurnecka, Automobilemag.com, January, 2017. “Catching Up With Tom Tjaarda, Automobile Designer” Tom Tjaarda (1934-) is an American designer who based his career in Italy, working for many of the country’s top design houses [Ghia, Pininfarina, Fiat, De Tomaso, Rayton-Fissore] where he penned cars such as the original Fiat 124 Spider and the… Read More »

type 1 engine & chassis

Why the engine in the back? In conventional cars, a front engine turns the rear wheels through a long drive shaft. But Volkswagen’s rear engine gives direct power to the wheels, saving weight and power. It is the most efficient and economical design. It means greater visibility when driving–you see over VW’s snub nose. And… Read More »

gremlin in cutaway

TRADITIONAL CUTAWAY AUTOMOTIVE ILLUSTRATION These diagrammatic images are produced wholly by mind and hand coordination. The shape and content may vary from simple to complex, depending on the degree of editing necessary to show a general or particular relationship of parts. An artist may accomplish his work with the use of photography, pencil, Rapidograph technical pens, matte drafting film,… Read More »