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Motorcycles and Machines: Art by Dave Wishart

A drawing of a famous antique carThe '32 Five Window Deuce Coupe from American Graffiti

Dave Wishart is an illustrator and photographer who creates detailed, photorealistic drawings of motorcycles and machines. Relying on traditional drawing media, Dave creates his images both as a personal passion and on a commissioned basis.

A drawing of a 1935 FordGrill -- 35 Ford Project


I really appreciate how Dave manages to convey a sense of dynamic movement in his works while still adhering to strict realism in his drawing style. To achieve this, he often approaches the subjects of his drawings from off-kilter angles or frames them slightly off center. The detail that goes into each individual drawing is enough to warrant a long, close viewing.

A screen capture of Dave Wishart's art websiteThe front page of Dave's portfolio website


In our previous feature of Dave’s automotive art, we also looked a bit at the artist’s portraiture. Dave’s portfolio showcases impressive skills at rendering soft volumes like hair and facial features, alongside the sleek, metallic components of engines and motorcycle bodies. It’s nice to see how the artist’s techniques translate into both these aesthetics, given that they may seem so opposite in passing.

A portrait of Spock from Star TrekSpock

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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