Ten years ago I brought home a 1975 Ford Bronco. This was not the beginning of my Bronco story, nor was it the end. It was just the next chapter in a story still being written. The itch to restore or modify one of these obsolete old icons of backwoods travel had just about driven me crazy. The acquision and possession has completed the task. I admit to obsessing on my Bronco. It is my mechanical muse. While the Bronco itself is a canvas, the Bronco has also become an outlet for my art.
The chief influences for my Bronco art have all passed on. Their art has inspired me since I was a kid, riding my Schwinn Stingray to the store to buy Cartoon magazines and Revell models. In no particular order, they are Dave Deal, a brilliant artist and serious Baja racer whose love of Volkswagens equalled mine for Broncos, Peter Aschwanden, the illustrator for John Muir's epic "How to Keep your Volkswagen Alive," and I'm sure there is a healthy dose of Rat Fink's creator, Ed Roth in there as well.
This section remains a little apart from my daily bread graphic design and illustration. I don't make my living from Bronco art, but I can tell you that it paid for the original purchase as well as the restoration and modifications I've made. Anybody else have a hobby that pays for itself? As with the rest of the art on my site, I ask that you respect the images. I own them and their duplication rights.
I do take commissions for Bronco and other vehicle art (I need to do a Hydroboost brake upgrade, and I want to add rear disks at the same time). Please drop me an e-mail if you have a need. My rates are reasonable, and you'll get original art created for you.
Photoshopped pen and ink drawing. This was part of a Son O' Beach shirt design. One of the last process printed shirts we tried. I was never satisfied with the muddy look of the shirt colors, and created all the color separations for spot color screenprinting. There was another Bronco in the final art. It was a stock, uncut, unlifted roadster facing the other way with a mysterious blonde woman at the wheel. Very popular, and I think the only woman ever appearing on an SOB shirt.