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Ford Championship Weekend

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I drew this one in commemoration of Ford Championship Weekend. I have never attended one of these, not that I wouldn't.

My wife is a big Mustang fan...so again, this is more for her.

I drew this with....that's right...a mechanical pencil.

The coloring was done with a variety of colored pencils. I have all my colored pencils divided by color type, and not pencil type.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael,
I'm sending this link straight to my son, he is Ford mad and he will love your drawing. I think it is so well done, you've done Ford justice.

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Mustangs

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


OK, now this one was not a quickie. Everyone always does Ford Mustangs with a horse...well...I decided to do mine with a Mustang and a P51 Mustang. A very formidable fighter plane for many years....till the onset of jet power.

I used all my usual utensils...mechanical pencil, regular #2 pencil, tortillons, a pink eraser, and a kneaded eraser.

This one took me some time....would you believe that the border design took me just as long as the plane did?

I am not completely happy with this one...I see a couple of small flaws that I can live with....and one BIG giant flaw that smacks me in the face everytime I look at it.....but I am not going to point it out, just in case you don't see it.....hehe.

But all in all I would say this took me a couple of hours, and I am "generally" satisfied with it.


***Note from Kerry:
Michael, the overall effect is terrific! I think only you would see the 'flaw' -- I can't see anything wrong with it. I absolutely love the border (especially being intertwined with your subject) so that was time well spent. Good job mate!

(btw, mate in Oz is the same as buddy. So yes, it does have a different meaning. I think you were just being cheeky when you said that but I didn't get around to an explanation at the time.)

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Chrysler Drawing

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)

Chrysler ME412

Chrysler ME412

This is Chrysler's one true American Supercar. 6.0 litre V-12. 0 - 60 in 2.9 secs.

I did this one this morning using 2 mechanical pencils, one regular pencil, and a kneaded eraser.

It took me about 6 1/2 hours. Normally pictures don't take me that long, but I did this one with no blending stumps. It is all shaded with pencil strokes.....it's not perfect, but an improvement.


***Note from Kerry:
Michael, if I created an 'imperfect' drawing like this, I'd be over the moon and simply delirious with pride.

May I ask, how did you get the black so black? I'd have to cheat and use a charcoal pencil!

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Custom Mini Cooper

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


In the automotive field, my two idols are George Barris (number 1) and Chip Foose.

I like to design custom cars. That is what I did at the upholstery shop for several years.

I like the design and look of the Mini Cooper, and thought a customized one would be awesome. I think they call it something else in European countries.....


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael, you're bringing back memories now. My cousin used to own a mini and we were inseparable when we were in our late teens. We went everywhere in that mini and we had the best time. I always remember how close to the ground we were as we flew along.

I just love the wheels in your great drawing!

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'54 Corvette

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)

'54 RGTP (ragtop)

'54 RGTP (ragtop)

This is another of the 'Lost Drawings'... :) that I found in a tube in our garage when I was looking for something for our daughter.
It is 11x14 and drawn with my mechanical pencil and a home-made tortillon.
It is a 1954 Corvette.


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Note from Kerry:

Hey Michael,
That's a pretty special drawing you have created. Love the touch of color for effect.
I wonder if you ever missed these drawings?

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Corvette C6

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


This is one of the 6 that I have been working on. I actually finished one...lol. I did this over a period of several days, working a few hours a day.

I used my usual 3 pencils, the mechanical one, a darker mechanical one for the really dark lines, and a regular #2 for the medium darks. I used a combination of blending stumps and pencil shading.

I hope you like it. Still not professional quality, but definitely getting closer. I seem to have trouble keeping the wheels in the correct angles and proportions.


***Note from Kerry:
Hey Michael
That's a really good drawing! Not that I can see anything wrong with the wheels, but a way you can check is to use light perspective lines. Listen to me, telling you of all people! I amuse myself sometimes...

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Dale's Car

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


Hmmm?? What do I say about this drawing? I did this one 5 years ago....the only detail I really remember is that it was done with a mechanical pencil, and there are a lot of colors. I don't even remember which set of colored pencils I used, but looking at it, I do believe I may have used my Derwent Studio colored pencils....but don't quote me on that.

I just saw a picture of Dale's car sitting at a starting line.....it just pulled me in, made me draw it.....


***Note from Kerry:
Michael, there's a lot of work in this drawing and as I gaze at it, I am in awe! You are so good!

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1928 Davis 99

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I drew this one in pen....I had to blend in a lot of mistakes.

Pen drawings are a great challenge, and can really help hone your skills.


***Note from Kerry:
Hi Michael,
I love to draw with pen, too. I can't see a single thing wrong with this drawing, I think you've done a brilliant job. Wow. xx

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Mustang Reflections

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I drew this picture more for my wife. She is a huge Mustang fan. I like them too, but I am more of a Corvette man myself. But I wanted the old and the new (well new at the time).

This is one of the very few times I used a marker to color certain parts. Most of it was done with a combination of Kodak, and Berol colored pencils.


***Note from Kerry:
Michael, I'm starting to think you spoil your wife! Lucky girl!

I really like the way you have incorporated the flames into the drawing without them dominating it in any way. The car looks like it should be parked in my driveway!

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'58 T-Bird

by Michael Betz
(Las Vegas)


I am not a huge Ford fan, but I do like Thunderbirds and Mustangs. I drew this one from a Thunderbird book. This one took me a little time to complete.

I almost did not add the color, but I felt it would have helped the drawing. I am such a car fanatic! If I could afford it I would have one of everything....well....except maybe a Yugo....hehe.

This was done with my mechanical pencil, and Kodak color pencils.


***Note from Kerry:
Hey there Michael!
I love your T-Bird. You are right (of course!), the color does make a good difference. I love to study your drawings and this one hasn't let me down, those fiddly details are fantastic.

Thank you so much for providing support to the other artists. I also get quite a few laughs out of some of your comments so keep 'em comin'!

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