Experimental Porsche art by Paul Chenard.
Many automotive artists face the dilemma of whether or not they should continue to develop their style and continuously change it, or stay with what the audience likes? Especially if their car art is well appreciated. This becomes a difficult decision.
Artist Paul Chenard is not shy from experimenting with new techniques. While he is known for his nice car sketches and automotive drawings, few people have seen his experimental work.
For example this Porsche 55p with the great James Dean behind the wheel and his mechanic sitting next to him.
Paul used a 70 year-old unused canvas board (his dad’s). Dean and his mechanic are in pen & ink and archival markers on illustration board, on which he also illustrated the wheels in Prisma colour pencils. The Porsche 550 is on 18-gauge sheet aluminium, which he engraved, sanded, painted on with oil model paint and pen & ink, cut out, filed and sanded, and finished in gloss varnished. framed in a black floating frame.
His drawings show his admiration for the car designers as well as the great man who dare to drive these cars on nerve-wracking tracks and races. I like this tribute to Herbert Müller and Steve McQueen.
Paul recently experimented with laser cutting techniques to create automotive art. Resulting in a very unique piece of car art which you can see in the interview I did with him.