Saturday, June 30, 2007

Iron Slave Choppers

These are pen and ink illustrations of a custom built chopper here in Sac. The man who built the bike is the owner of a local chopper shop called Iron Slave Choppers, and goes by the handle of R.J. His link is provided in the title of this article. R.J. is one hell of a nice guy, and truly loves the work he does. The bike is full of details like antique coins, hand made serpent-like pegs, and even a real civil war belt buckle. The bars are one-off ape hangers, hand made by R.J. himself, and are from his signature handlebar line called, Silver Back- King of the apes. His work is definitely unique, and targeted toward a specific market. If you want new-shinny-chrome plated bolt-ons, then these are not for you. These are for the old-school, suicide shifting- triple clutching- bug in the teeth kind of bikers. These bars are works of art. But not the artsy-fartsy- Martha Stuart-style trendy HD crap that's selling in strip malls. This stuff is raw steel at it's best. No Plating; no painting; just attitude. You really got to see this stuff up close and in person. R.J. loves detail, and you can easily spend an hour or so examining this bike, and still not manage to catch all there is to see. If you want to know where he is coming from, just look at his licence plate. That is not fake- it's really his plate, and he drives it like that everyday.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

46 Ford

Here is a shirt design for a guy here in Sac. The car has a chevy LS1 motor, and he was installing a new leather interior while I have been doing the artwork. The designs were completed in AI, while the cars themselves were hand illustrated, inked with prisma color ink, and then airbrushed for smooth transitions. The guys name is Tom (obviously), and he was very pleased with the work. He was tired of wearing someone elses car on his shirts, while driving his ford to the shows. So as soon as the work was uploaded, he bought a few shirts, and they are on their way to his house as I type. I can't wait to see his cool new shirts this weekend at the local drive in. He he. I get a kick out of seeing my shirts in public. The web site is under way ( and I am currently working on two illy's for Iron Slave Choppers-a kustom bike shop here in town. The work is inked, and ready for color. I'll be done with them tomorrow, but I'll have to have them scanned to disc at a print shop, as the work is too large for my scanner. See Ya.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

New Web Site!!

The new web site is now under way! I have been working with Scott over at Laughing monkey designs, and he is currently putting together a site for me and my new company(Johnnymac Technical Illustration, or JTI ) The site should be up within the next week or so, and it will encompass much of the work you have seen here, not to mention all of the stuff I have been so very busy producing for various clients here in Northern Cal. The new work includes a few conceptual illustrations for car builders, and some two wheeled paintings as well. My mediums have expanded to include airbrushing for realism, and technical illustrations that highlight your hand-crafted creations. I am excited to read the feedback. This is cool!
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