Elvis´s ride


Ok, so funny little story about this beauty: I have seen this car on my way to work for a long time, and finally got around to sketch it yesterday. As I was drawing, I was wondering what makes a person go through the hazzle of owning a car like this – a big, hard-to-park, petrol-hungry monster of a car. It is beautiful, très cool, but oh so impractical! It is always hard to find a parking in Stockholm, and this thing is 5,6 meters long! Not to mention finding spare parts!

Anyway, when I was about to pack my stuff and leave, a woman came over from a nearby pizza place, wondering what I was doing. We chatted for a little while, and then she said she knew the owner of the car. “He is a nice guy, he is an Elvis impersonator.”

Of course he is! Suddenly it all just made sense! And as I jumped on my bicycle to go home, and turned my head to get one more look at the car, I saw there was a license plate with the name Elvis on it in the rear window. Magic.

27 x 21,5 cm, Pigma Micron pen and Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth Magic coloured pencils on Stillman & Birn sketchbook spread.

14 Responses to “Elvis´s ride”

  1. This is a fantastic sketch and a great lesson in shading/coloring. The chrome effect you achieve is masterful, Nina.

    Cheers — Larry

    • Thanks a lot, Larry! I did a lot of studies on sketching metals and reflective materials some years back, to be able to teach it to my design students, and that comes in handy every once in a while when I´m out sketching. :)

  2. Great car sketch Nina. The angle gives a good impression of its overwhelming size. Love the Elvis story too!

  3. Amazing sketch and terrific story! :-)

  4. Erik says:

    Really dramatic. I like the distortion of the angle.

    An Elvis impersonator lives in my area… but he only drives a van. It is covered in giant Elvis photos, though.

    I like that you put the auto logos onto the sketch page, too.

    • Thanks Erik!
      Well, old car logos (and some new too) are so beautiful, it would be a shame not to include them somehow. Excellent design, plus it looks good on the page. ;)

  5. isa says:

    C’est l’Eldorado Ninà !! Decidément tu sais vraiment tout faire avec talent quelque soit le medium. Encore bravo pour cette belle voiture antique et so US ! :)

  6. Melliott says:

    That great big toothy grill and the foreshortening of the rest of the car is fantastic. You’re right, crazy to drive one, but to look at it and make art out of it? Yes!

  7. Kaisa says:

    My dad and and my younger brother are mad about cars. Mad. Dad has several old cars he has restored himself including the apple of his eye, a 1931 Chevrolet in midnight blue and black (I still remember how long it took for him to decide on the colours). There was always pictures and photos and magazines about old vintage cars around when I was a kid and though I no nothing about fixing cars, I now a nice car when I see one.

    So when I say that I love your drawings of old cars, I really mean it. You do justice to their aesthetics.

    Incidentally, we used to have a car bit like the eldorado back in the late 80’s. Can’t remember the model or anything – except that it was metallic blue and huge! Mom used to say that driving it was as easy as driving a container ship. That car didn’t stay too long in our family.

    • Thanks for sharing this, Kaisa! So lovely to have all those vintage cars around you! Glad you like my car drawings. I wish there were more of these beauties around. Unfortunately, the people that do park their vintage darlings in the streets during summer are about to move them into garages now, so I guess I´ll have to wait until spring to continue this series.

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