Tuesday
Jun232015

Are "F1s" Electric?

Temporarily embiggened by the success of last year’s unofficial Tyke Sportif project for the Tour de Yorkshire I was looking around for other events to ‘celebrate’ (cash in on) and heard about the forthcoming (27th-28th June 2015) London ePrix.  I wanted to come up with a design that would work on various formats and not risk infringing the various trademarks and wording that only official sponsors are allowed to use on merch relating to mega sporting events. 

As I’ve been having fun with pulp covers recently it seemed logical to try and do it as a retro style magazine cover.  I looked at a lot of mid 60’s British Boy’s comics and magazines as the idea was for the cover feature to be predictions for motor racing 50 years in the future.  I got a bit distracted by lots of annuals and Gerry Anderson stuff…but then settled on a style that was somewhere between the cover art for Ranger (The National Magazine for Boys) and Michael Turner’s mid 60’s posters for the Monaco GP – with a bit of Scalextric box art thrown in.  I wanted this 60s kids idea of an electric Grand Prix car to be part slot car and part dodgem, all sparks and ozone and the track part fairground, part time tunnel.   I made 3d models of the cars and rendered them in a glass tube to give me some reference for the painting.  I’m no Michael Turner but I am fairly pleased that the finished design is pretty close to the thing that was screeching around in my head.

At the time of writing the design is available in various forms from posh framed prints and posters to greetings cards from FineArtEngland

(N.B. there was a temporary glitch earlier in the week where the entire FineArtEngland website got its knickers in a twist about currency exchanges and was displaying the dollar amount in pounds when items were added to the shopping cart, thus suddenly increasing the price by a factor of 150% :( Unsurprisingly this put several hundred people off – I don’t blame them.  Thankfully this has now been sorted out.  By way of an apology and an inducement to anyone who was put off I’ve reduced all the prices at my end so things are now about 15% cheaper than they were supposed to be originally. Huzzah!)

Alternatively Martin is cranking up the Marvellous Mechanical Metal Mangle and should be churning out metal plaque versions in the next day or so.  I’ll update this page as soon as he sends me the ordering links.

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