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Feature Artist: Jan Matthias
The way I create my automotive art consists of several multi-media layers.
Starting with my original photo of a car or a motorcycle, I want to portray the vehicle from a specific angle, with crucial set-up details and optimal lighting, which isn't always possible when shooting ‘impromptu –style’. I mainly focus on technical features, surfaces, distinct line work and overall body reflections.
While analyzing the resulting image on the computer, separating the desired object from its background and elimination of unwanted details, make up the majority of this time intensive phase of my work.
For total authenticity and credibility, constant attention has to be given to the most minute of technical details: rivets, bolts, wires, connectors, grooves, recesses, even wear and tear spots.
When looking at the final work, besides the car and the picture's composition, it is the sum of these tiny elements that determine it's ultimate appeal.
Quite often I add a separate layer of pavement, a shadow or an object to enhance the total image, 'to anchor' the car on the paper. Or I introduce a period element, like a lamp post in the background or an architectural scene with a contrasting color or texture to create more depth.
In conjunction with additional hands-on applications of color pencil, marker and gouache, each of my pieces are truly unique, multi-media originals.
I started my work with a visit to the famous Mille Miglia vintage automobile race in Italy in 2004 and I have generated a sizable body of work ever since. The majority of work stays true to my philosophy described above.
In addition, several pieces reflect a careful move towards a more minimal, more graphic form of expression. If a work-title were needed, ‘work-in-progress’ would best characterize it.