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Amazing dirty car art by Scott Wade

Amazing dirty car art by Scott Wade


This image featuring Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa” with Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” is shown at its peak. These images drawn in the dust are obviously quite impermanent. One of the cool things about them is how they change over time. More dust accumulates as the car is driven down the road. Early morning dew streaks and dots the image, creating a patina. A light shower creates a deeper patina…

Amazing dirty car art

Mona Lisa - Starry Night: Peak

Here’s a detail from the previous image. You can see a little streaking from early morning dew. This image was worked on in three sessions, with more dust accumulating between sessions. That’s when the drawings really seem to take on life, with a much greater range of values.

Amazing dirty car art

Mona Lisa - Starry Night: Detail, peak

And now for something totally different. This guy just sorta appeared, I guess. The dust wasn’t very thick, but enough to do a drawing. The light spots and specks are places where tree sap fell and dust stuck to it.

Amazing dirty car art

Elf Dude

Saw Uncle Albert on the cover of a magazine and thought he might appreciate the relativity of dirty car art…

Amazing dirty car art

Impermanent Albert

My cat Squeek wanted to express himself on Albert’s forehead. I had walked out one morning to finish this piece, and found Squeek had beat me to it. Now, if a cat can do it, what are you waiting for? Dust art is for everyone.

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Albert with Paw Print

A friend confided to me that this is his least favorite of my dust drawings to date. For a cartoony thing, there’s a lot of unhappiness, here. This is one of the very first dust drawings where I explored the use of a fan brush to get intermediate tones. Mostly finger and fingernail for the linework. I’d better say right here that my lovely wife, Robin, is not a nag. Never. Really.

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The Nag

Detail of “The Nag.” You can really see the texture of the dust. It’s rarely an even coating, and tree sap and dew and wind and mist and all sorts of things will give it a great patina. You can also see how I’ve worked back into the drawing, after the original accumulated more dust. This really helps build the range of values.

Amazing dirty car art

The Nag: Detail

From inside the car. With a light background, the image looks like a negative, but here the background was dark and the sun was shining full onto the rear window. Kinda like being at the movies. Well, a boring one, anyway.

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The Nag: Inside

Why the hell not? Kinky’s our man for Texas Governor. Let’s get Kinky in Austin!

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Let's Get Kinky IN Austin

Step two, I lay out the drawing. I’m using a rubber ‘paint shaper’ tool. I’m looking at a copy of C.M. Coolidge’s ‘A Friend In Need,’ his great illustration, c. 1870, that inspired many subsequent poker playing dog paintings.

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Poker Dogs: Lining It Out

Adding the shading. The lighter tones are hard to achieve, since even the lightest stroke with the brush takes most of the dust off. Later, when more dust has built up, what was once very dark, will be a lighter “gray” shade. I mostly use a fan brush, and sometimes camelhair watercolor brushes, and bristle brushes for effect.

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Poker Dogs: Coming Along

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Poker Dogs: Closer

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Toobin'

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Texas Critters

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Happy Holidays

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Señor Kelso

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Smokin' Lady

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Poker Dogs: Detail, The Boxer

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Poker Dogs: Detail, Collie

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Amazing dirty car art

Trapped!

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Amazing dirty car art

Girl With A Pearl Earring

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Amazing dirty car art

The Ecstasy of Pop-N-Fresh

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Him & Her

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The Birth Of Venus

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The Birth Of Venus: detail

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Hill Country Steinway

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Amazing dirty car art

Texas Women: Detail, Barbara J

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Pet Fest

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Pet Fest: Detail, pig

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Mexican Freetail (posted on Halloween day - cool, huh?)

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Bob's 70th

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Bob's 70th: detai

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Amazing dirty car art

Hill Country Deer

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Cpl. Robert Zane Childress, Iraq

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Ronaldinho Gaúcho

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Drifter

COPYRIGHT: ©2006 Scott Wade

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17 Comments »

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    Nice picture here. As Always.

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    That’s pretty amazing! It looks like most of those are by the same person, or at least use the same Mazda & MINI…

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    NOT SO FUN, when you realize that these are not cars “in the wild”. It’s the artist’s own two cars which he/she prepares (not by driving around) before or during the paint jobs.

    So for me this is fake. A witty comment waiting for the owner of a dirty car would be much more fun.

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    KALLE wtf are u saying?
    It´s not fake just because he owns the cars!!!
    Stupid f*ck, check your facts!

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    I totally agree with klas and hate people in general..

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    really nice artwork, if i left my dirty car somewhere and came back to it and someone painted like that i wouldnt wash it 😀

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    Wonderful, great art. I got this in an email, and really like your work.

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    coolt va men det är nog inte äckta

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    Courtney Smith Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 9:02 AM
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    who was Cpl. Robert Zane Childress, Iraq?

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    EMILYHANNA Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:36 AM
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    This is some HOT shit :) soooo good. but theyre your own cars. blehh. do some strangers car and post it!!! love them!

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    Outstanding pics. Keep up the good work. Nice for share this posts 😉

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    I really impressed after read this because of some quality work and informative thoughts . I just wanna say thanks for the pics and wish you all the best for coming!

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    Cool, but can you see through the window with the rear view mirror?

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