Artists

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Larry Williams

Larry Williams

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I’ve been drawing cars for as long as I can remember. As a kid I learned much about drawing cars by studying CARtoons, Hot Rod Cartoons and other similar magazines of the era. I never dreamed that I would eventually turn my car drawing passion into a full time career. Early on in my career I did commission work on the side while working full time for General Motors as a tool and die maker. In 1985 I left General Motors to become the art director for a drag racing publication entitled United Racer. It was at this time that I also started my design business, Williams Graphics. Through my contacts in the drag racing community that were established while working for United Racer I was able to pursue paint scheme design and t-shirt design work full time. Although the procedures have changed greatly since those early days (most of the work is done digitally now) I’m still doing basically the same type of work today. I also do hot rod concept development and logo design, Over the years I’ve worked with many different drag racers and have also been blessed to work with many corporate clients as well. My work has appeared in magazines such as Hot Rod, Car Craft, Drag Racing Magazine, Super Stock & Drag Illustrated, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords and others. My love for cartooning has also been a constant interest to me throughout the years. I regularly do commission ‘toons of all types of vehicles.
Jeff Slemons

Jeff Slemons

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How many men in their 40’s wear a comic book T-shirt under a suit jacket? Well, one that we can think of. Jeff Slemons. His art studio is bigger than his actual home. His heroes aren’t sports figures or rock stars, but Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes) and Frank Frazetta (Conan the Barbarian). He’s been called the six-fingered man because he always has a pencil, pen or paintbrush in his hand. Need a drawring done? Call Jeff Slemons. Or, as he says it, “Like, lemons with an “S”.

Dave Beaty

Dave Beaty

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David “Dave” Beaty is a professional cartoonist & comic book artist. He is known mostly for his work with DC Comics where he worked on numerous high profile series such as Batman Inc (New York Times Best Seller), Flashpoint: Wonder Woman, Brightest Day (New York Times Best Seller), and Justice League of America. He is also a highly sought after sketch card artist and has worked on major sets featuring such fan favorite characters as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and the X-men.
Dan Falconer

Dan Falconer

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Hello CARtoons Readers My Name is Dan Falconer, I grew up in Campbell River B.C. Canada. Where there was always a car on blocks in the drive way and CARtoons iron-on to fight with my Brother for. Growing up CARtoons Magazine was definitely an influence on me from an early age. Other influences would be Tattoo flash art, 90’s album art work, specifically White Zombie. 50’s horror movies and modern B movies. Artists that have influenced me are Ed Roth, Robert Williams, Ralph Bakshi and Sonny Depalma. One of my favorite things to do is to collaborate with other artists and I have found this to be the best way to force me out of my comfort zone and pick up new skills. Most of my collaborations are with an artist that goes by the name of Mr. BilBil (Cheers Buddy), but I have also worked with Hamz Toons, Don Thunder Bagget and Leslie Sturgess. My current process starts with scribbling with a bic pen, to get the proportions right, then I scan it into the computer and digitally scribble details in where I want them. Once I’m happy with the scribble, I start fine tuning the line work with vector to get the detail and line weighting the way I want it. After that, it’s digitally over and under painted. This gives me the results I want. I have only picked up art again in the last 2 years and the response from people has been truly amazing. Thank you!
Mike Yapps

Mike Yapps

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My name is Mike Yapps and I am an artist. I do work full time as a mechanic, but am looking forward to one day going full time as an artist. I’ve been drawing cars and monsters ever since I can remember. I drew on everything throughout high school and was always in art classes. I went on to Maryland Institute, College of Art and came out 4 years later with a bachelors degree in graphic arts. I started out doing editorial illustrations for some magazines and after awhile I decided I wanted to do what I was meant to do and that is draw monsters and cars. So I created my own studio, Kreative Oddities, where I let my brain create whatever it can find inside. I am influenced by many artists and many from the original CARtoons magazine, such as Trosley, Joe Borer, Steve Austin and others. Also loved Big Dave Deal, Ed Roth and Robert Williams. The list goes on and on. I am proud to be part of the magazine and be along side some of the artists I look up to. I love cars and love to find the personality in each one and bring them to life. I do take on commissioned work if anyone wants their cars tooned up. – Thank you for taking the time to look at my bio. I hope you enjoy my art. website – www.kreativeoddities.com facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Kreative-Oddities-117784564979663/ email – kreativeoddities@comcast.net
Ben “Drag Daddy” Mitchell

Ben “Drag Daddy” Mitchell

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My name is Ben Mitchell and I am a full time Kustom Kulture Low Brow Artist. I live in a small town north of Tulsa, OK. I grew up in Bakersfield, Ca where the kustom kulture scene is huge, as in Hot Rods & Monsters. Iv’e been drawing all my life. I remember as a kid I would get into trouble for drawing all kinds of Monsters in my school books. We go to a lot of kustom car show events to sell Drag Daddy art. Original art plus prints, t-shirts and coloring books. I do commission work and you can contact me at dragdaddys@fullnet.net or go on face book to Drag Daddy Studios.
Marcus Mitchell

Marcus Mitchell

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Been drawing since I was very young. I’ve always loved cars and drawing them. Self taught (failed in art all through high school) all hand drawn then finish with marker and/or colored pencil. 2 wonderful kids Emily 9 and Gage 2 and a gorgeous/super smart wife Jessica. Hoping to get married very soon! Work in a warehouse unloading trucks. Live in a small town south of Detroit. Would love to be able to use my art to support my family. I do commission work on the side.
Chuck Kelley

Chuck Kelley

Artist

George Trosley

George Trosley

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George Trosley began drawing cartoons at the tender age of five. Professional cartooning came 17 years later. After more than 30 years, Trosley’s humorous automotive renderings are an illustrated slice of Auto-Americana. He’s recognized as one of the major contributing artists in CARtoons magazine, Hot Rod Cartoons, and CYCLEtoons. However, many other national magazines and newspapers have bought and published Trosley’s humorous art including Rod & Custom, Car Craft, Saturday Evening Post, Saturday Review, National Enquirer, New Woman, and Hustler.

A free-flowing style and right-on appreciation of the human condition is what attracts automobile magazine editors to George’s work. A master at composition and line quality, Troz, as his friends call him, has his finger on the pulse of the car-crazy community in all its rabid devotion and peculiarities. It’s most likely due to the fact that George often illustrates his personal passion for automobilia. He can instantly relate what’s funny about his own unusual habits, as well as that of other car nuts.

Here’s what George has to say about himself and his profession:

“I was born to hard-working, middle-class parents, George and Hazel, from Woodlyn, Pennsylvania. As a middle child, I grew up with my older sister, Beverly, and younger brother, Harold. I’m told I was drawing from the time I could hold a crayon. Mom claims she could always keep me quiet with a pencil and a piece of paper.

Cars were always a major interest for my brother and me and I drew our “dream machines” all the time. We built model cars while growing up; I could come up with wild customizing ideas and my brother had the patience and body-working talent to turn them into prize-winning creations. Before long we had our drivers licenses and real cars to fool around with. My first car was a ’47 Plymouth sedan that leaked a quart of oil a day and smoked two more out the tailpipe. That was followed by a ’55 Ford Tudor with a 312ci T-Bird engine and a severe rake. I lettered “Village Vandal” on the trunk lid, much to my mom’s grief. After I graduated from high school I attended the Hussian School of Commercial Art in Philadelphia and commuted in my recently acquired ’39 Ford Deluxe Tudor. I spent the next four years learning about commercial art by day, and the workings of a prewar Ford by night.

After art school, I landed jobs in various art studios in Philadelphia. But in the evenings I was working on some comic pages to send to Petersen Publications HOT ROD CARtoons… and then they bought them! That’s all I needed… I quit my big city art studio job, moved into a small apartment and started selling pages to CARtoons and CYCLEtoons too! I eventually created two characters, KRASS & BERNIE, largely patterned after my brother and me. They chopped, rebuilt, ripped apart and smoked their tires through the pages of CARtoons for decades… and I loved it! K&B presently do muscle car burnouts in Car Craft Magazine and they are still building wild rods!”

Trosley’s current passion is another really nice ’39 Ford Deluxe Tudor which resides in his garage in Pennsylvania and creating Custom Art Portraits of Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Trucks… anything that moves. You can even get Your Car on the Cover of CARtoons… CHECK ‘EM OUT!

Troz also specializes in Custom T-shirts , Event Posters and Logos. Visit George’s website www.georgetrosley.com for T-shirts. Limited Edition Prints, Books and more. You can email Troz at buy@georgetrosley.com

Mr. BilBil

Mr. BilBil

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Hey There CARtoons followers! My name is William Williams or as I was named by a Co-worker 30 years ago……. BilBil! Now that I have reached my olden years, and have grand sons’ it is now Mr. BilBil! ( its a lot shorter than William Williams). ! I grew up in the Dayton Ohio region: Huber Heights is where I went to grade and High school.It is the largest brick home community in the world! I have lived either in around or around south of Dayton the last almost 60 years. I started drawing war scenes in the 2nd grade! Combat was on TV and was my biggest influence at the time. My First CARtoon was in the 7th grade, a 57 Chevy! I got my first edition of CARtoons and Hot Rod CARtoons in 1969, and was hooked! I read and drew some kind of Cars or CARtoons all the time, Rat Fink,Roth, all that Jazz! I did Custom Paint Jobs and Murals on cars, Vans and motorcycles in acrylic Lacquer in the 70’s thru the 80’s, till WHAM! I was struck head-on by another driver.I pretty much quit drawing and painting after that.I went on to try to work, and raise a family with my High school sweetheart JuJu who nursed me back from near death. I went thru many jobs because of the Accident. the last one I was able to keep 28 years, but because of technology, new company owners, rules, my Age, my Swiss cheese brain, and worn out body, I was forced to retire. Now last year I picked back up where I left off in 1980 when I quit drawing, and started again. I have fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing my name, where you see it now! Without Dan Falconer, this never would have happened, as we are a creative team. Thank You Dan! and Thanks to all my supporting Artist friends that have encouraged me!
Fred Boatman

Fred Boatman

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My career in the graphic arts world lasted about 40 years, during which time I was an art director doing graphic design and illustration, plus free-lancing as a cartoonist on weekends and evenings. Those years as a cartoonist were, and still are, the most meaningful period of my career. I always believed that there were only 2 reasons a cartoonist works so long and hard on their drawings. The first was to see his work in print. The second is the money. But a few years ago I discovered that there is a third and more important reason we cartoonists should take our work more seriously. It’s the readers. A few years ago after retiring my graphic design business, I started teachings classes at a local art college. On those days that I am not teaching, I drive a van for a hotel, shuttling guests from the airport to the hotel and back again. On one of these trips I began talking to a gentleman and his wife. I asked where they were from and I was informed that they were from L.A. I told them I used to work for a company in L.A. and, when asked what company, I said Petersen Publishing. The gentleman said that he knew of Petersen, and he asked what I did for them. I said I drew cartoons for several of their magazines. He asked my name, and I simply said, “Fred” (now you must understand that it has been 25 years since I had drawn any cartoons). This gentlemen leans forward and says, “You’re not Fred Boatman are you?” He told me that when he was a kid he loved my work. So here is where I realized that there is that third reason we cartoonists work in the basement by a 60 watt bulb, hardly ever getting feedback on our scribblings. That 14 year span of time that I penned the works in my book, “CARTOONS ON WHEELS” was exciting, happy, frustrating and lonely. Cartoonists work alone and it takes a special kind of person to keep from cracking, although some think we already have. You can visit my BOOK page for more information on “CARTOONS ON WHEELS”. If you would like to drop me a line, Feel free to contact me anytime.