Quite often I am asked, can you paint this or that? How much to do so and so? Only to hear nothing again. So when I was asked if I would be interested in airbrushing a portrait of Bruce Lee on a Harley-Davidson Sportster petrol tank, I was pleasantly surprised when the tank was presented for artwork.
I am a fan of Martial Arts so painting a master like Bruce Lee was a real privilege.
The tank base colour, text and lacquer was completed by Tim at TJC designs in Bristol.
I was asked to paint this Indian chief as it was going off the road for some alterations and it was overdue a respray.
The owner wanted to keep the original colours, blue and white with a gold trim.
Whilst he wanted to individualise the bike it was felt important that the original character of the bike was retained.
The owner specifically requested a tottum pole that should include design elements important to him.
It was decided that the tottum pole needed to contain an Indian chief, a wolf and a bear. The pole being topped off with the cap badge of the Parachute Regiment (kings crown). The base to the pole required the Roman numerals 2 painted into it, representing the second battalion (whose colour incidentally, is blue).
The tottum pole design was overlaid with a blue candy to blend it with the base colour.
Some meaningful words were wrapped around the tank bra and bespoke Indian Motorcycles tank badges were airbrushed to complete the design.
The end result is a very individual paint job fitting the customers wishes whilst maintaining the original style of the motorcycle.
If you require bespoke custom paintwork for your motorcycle please call or email to discuss your requirements.
Guy Martin was airbrushed with the kind permission of photographer Glynne Lewis.
Guy was born in 1981 and is now just as well known for his numerous TV appearances as he is for his motorcycle racing. He started racing in 1998. His TT debut was in 2004. At the time of typing this he had 15 podium finishes. He has broken his back twice in racing accidents but continues to race. He also competes in mountain bike races, the whole time managing to work as a mechanic working on HGV’s.
I wanted to paint Guy after reading his book, ‘When You Dead, You Dead’ published in October 2001.
The painting was completed using an Iwata Custom Micron airbrush with E’tac water colours and was painted onto Schollershammer G4 artist board.
Limited edition prints are available for £50.00 direct from me via email.
I painted this portrait primarily because I am a fan of the story of Spartacus and all things Roman. My grandfather was the double of Kirk Douglas who played Spartacus in the 1960 film ‘Spartacus’ and I think that’s where my love for the film started. I also wanted a painting that would push my skill levels up and this painting certainly did that.
To read more please visit my Spartacus page.
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John McGuinness (born 16 April 1972) is an English professional motorcycle racer who competes for the Honda Europe factory racing team in road races like the Isle of Man TT, the North West 200, the Macau Grand Prix and on the short tracks he rides for the Padgett’s Honda Racing Team in the British Superstock and Supersport series.
McGuinness is a specialist Isle of Man TT solo motorcycle rider with 23 wins as of 2015. In 2013, a left-hand bend on the Snaefell Mountain Course used for TT races before the top of Barregarrow on the main A3 road was named McGuinness’s in recognition of his wins, together with Dave Molyneux who was similarly honoured.
McGuinness was part of a motorcycle endurance-racing team called Honda TT Legends, this is the inspiration for this painting.
After winning his 20th TT John rode the course on a Joey Dunlop replica bike wearing the famous yellow helmet and red leathers of the TT legend Joey Dunlop.
I had the great pleasure of meeting John at the NEC Motorcycle Show in 2014 and John was kind enough to sign the original for me. John also went on to sign the first seven of the 50 limited edition giclee prints. Two of these prints have since been gifted to charities of my choice to be auctioned off. Four have been given to close friends of mine as thank you gifts and one is on display at Fowlers Motorcycle Shop in Bristol.
The remaining limited edition prints are available to buy for £45.00 direct from me via email, details at the top of the page.
The story behind the ‘War for Four’ is simple, I wanted to paint a multiple bike, portrait combination composition, so the original idea was a triple portrait. At the time three riders were in the running to win the BSB Moto GP for their fourth time. However after the penultimate round it was down to just two riders and so that is why the painting was done as a double portrait.
To read more please visit my War for For page.
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