Sled from the past.

sled, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Dug this image up out of a digital archive. Back from the old Alias Autostudio (pre-Photoshop) days. I think the airbrush tool worked a lot better in Studiopaint, but maybe I'm just waxing nostalgic. (2002)



apokotruk3, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Twin nuclear fission turbine drive. Electrified riot deflector panels. Eight-track cassette, hi-fidelity audio, bucket seats.

Color later...maybe. Had fun just doing this in furious detail. Mechanical pencil with a high contrast pass in Photoshop and some coloration to the linework. I like the pencil dust haze feeling, I think inking it and cleaning it up would look a little to clinical, soulless.



Apoko-Truk, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Steam piston powered anti-zombie vehicle. Steam comes from compact fission reactor. Condensor/collector system on top recycles as much water as possible, making fuel mileage better than most Hybrid cars available at that time.


Garbage Patrol

garbage patrol, originally uploaded by Xyling.

"This garbage truck is a job and home rolled into one. The city gives the driver free room and board in the living capsule in the back of the vehicle provided that he completes the daily pickups. Back at the city owned lot, the truck is resupplied and connected to utilities. In some instances, the driver is actually locked inside the vehicle as part of a semi-parole job program. Razorpoint ink pen on 9x12 recycled photo scrap book paper."

Old drawing, new resolution. Finally found the original drawing for this and rescanned at a 21st century web dimension.


Swept Wing Bomber

Swept Wing Bomber, originally uploaded by Xyling.

With my productive momentum, I pulled this file out and finished it up.



CatRodColor, originally uploaded by Xyling.

I'm actually somewhat productive today! Got this guy colored up.



CatRod, originally uploaded by Xyling.

More from the war surplus hot rod club. LSR with rudder steering, tubular front chassis. Body by Grumman.


Shadow MK-I Lowline

ShadowRuf, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Piece in progress for Shadow MK-I designer Trevor Harris. Started out rough in lower res, and will simply tighten things up from here. I've wanted to illustrate this car for a long time. Being in the car business for so long, it's not often that something knocks your socks off, but this design knocks them out of the park.



Lunar, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Studiopaint drawing from last century. I lost the hi-res version, I think it was backed up on a DAT tape.



sweptbombertease, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Quickly tinted/shaded detail area of cockpit.


More bombers.

bombers2, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Luftwaffles style, heavy on the maple syrup.



lunarcomps, originally uploaded by Xyling.

I really didn't notice how elephant-like this thing was. Rough check of value and color layout. The wheels are a little off. The left front will be somewhat visible in the proper perspective. Front axle will also shift forward a bit.


Lunar Truck Sketch 5

Lunar Truck Sketch 5, originally uploaded by Xyling.

NOW I think I'm calling this one the final. I'm happier with the more exposed chassis and primitive surfacing. Should be lots of fun to detail up. Hope to illustrate it this weekend. Will probably scale the wheels down. I always have to pull back the toy-like/cartoony tendencies.


Soviet Lunar Truck Sketch 4

Lunar Truck Sketch 4, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Original pencil on envelope (water bill) at bottom, Quickie (mouse) Photoshop tint and value version at top.


Jet Fighter 2

Jet Fighter 2, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Hypothetical Korean War era experimental jet. Photoshop color over pencil scan.

Jet Fighter Sketches

Jet Fighter Sketches, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Going for 1950's to early 1960's look with these. Graphite on paper, tinted in Photoshop.


Fighter plane sketches 3

Fighter plane sketches 3, originally uploaded by Xyling.

More small sketches getting some winged vehicles under my belt.


Mitsubishi A8M-7 "Devilbird"

fp26, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Theoretical fighter design. Rendered in Photoshop over pencil sketch.


"Devilbird" rendering steps


FP-1, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Gear up and taking flight. Did a couple pages of perspective sketches that were not nice at all (as is typical. I need to practice drawing planes a lot more), but liked the side view proportion and direction so I inked the lines in, scanned, and 'shopped in some color.


Soviet Lunar Truck sketch 2

Soviet Lunar Truck sketch 2, originally uploaded by Xyling.

I think I've arrived at my proportion destination.


Configura., originally uploaded by Xyling.

1995: "Keep up with rapidly changing auto fashion with easily removable panels."

20"x40" vellum concept illustration from school. The assignment was something like a 12 hour render, get a color copy and then render over the copy. Marker, chalk, colored pencil etc.


Soviet Lunar Truck sketch pages 1

Soviet Lunar Truck sketch pages 1, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Something developing here. Circa 1970 Soviet lunar surface recon truck.


Lyte Sykle

lytesykle, originally uploaded by Xyling.

I wanted to submit something unique for the Tron Light Cycle illustration contest on Sidequesting.com, so my take is a chopper proportioned ride. Question: is there wind in Tron world?



23, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Revisited a sketch from last year and did a more polished rendering. The step by step process is available here:


Catch Rendo 22

catchrendo2, originally uploaded by Xyling.

This is a commissioned illustration that was on the back burner for quite a while. Color scheme independently reminiscent of the matte black/copper theme of the Bad Penny car I created for the Chicken Scratch Hot Rod Art II book a while back. The customized Prowler also features aftermarket side panel detail, waterfall grille and deleted nerf bar bumpers.


917 typ-1

917 typ-1, originally uploaded by Xyling.

Everything's better with a flat twelve in back. Everything.