As with any freelancer in any industry, this is going to be a challenging time. If you are in a position to help any freelancer or local business, please do. The local shops and businesses are going to need your support, now, and after the virus passes.
The big companies and banks will largely survive. In many countries, the offers for self-employed are non existent, minimal or only available if you close your business down.
Time will tell how we, as a famiy, do, we currently have our health which is the main thing and Canada seems to be relatively pro-active on action plans.
My 2020 didn’t start well as I injured my back and shoulder through work (!) and bast posture over the years which wrote off most of February with countless tripes to the Chiropractor and Massage specialists. Just as I’m getting back to full time COVID-19 kicks in, so I’m on the back foot.
I would therefore like a refund on my 2020 experience please. It was not as described 😉
Many of my clients have been awesome, both while I was out of action with my back and now, chasing invoicing.
So, the realities, Racing has been posponed. This has a knock on effect on current work, but also future projects as teams struggle to survive.
The so-called ‘off’ season has been anything but here. My first 2020 livery comission came in early September with various discussions months before that and there has been no let up since.
My first full weekend off will actually be the weekend of the Rolex 24 when I’ll be miles away from Daytona watching from BC, Canada.
It has been a great year so far and I will endeavor to update the website more often in 2020, but for now a quick over view on the various liveries and art at the Rolex 24.
GEAR Racing powered by GRT Grasser
I have worked with GEAR’s Mark Ruggieri on a number of sponsorship proposals in recent months. Just before Christmas, the team decided to make a big entrance at the ROAR with a one off livery. I had two days to pull something together, if I was going to accept the challenge.
To be honest, I was already overloaded, but I’ve had an idea for a Pop-Art style ‘Art Car’ for a few years, but as its not very corporate friendly, there was never the right opportunity until now.
I was fortunate to be approached by FCP Euro to update their livery for 2019. The European parts company has a distinctive livery with set colors, so this was an evolution to make the livery more dynamic and also accomodate an increase in sponsor logos.
The livery of the two car team uses the same colors, but more dynamic with angled graphics on the side and up the c-pillar to accomodate additonal sponsors Liqui Moly and Corteco. The front bumper with horizontal ribs on the corner proved a tricky area but we turned that into a feature to stack sponsors.
The so called off season has been a busy time with a fleet of liveries in IMSA and other series either complete, or in progress, plus the release of the IMSA Spotter Guide.
I have been fortunate to have been able to produce a number of liveries for teams which will be on display at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Here is a quick summary. Full features on some of these liveries coming soon.
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
#19 Moorespeed – Audi R8 LMS GT3
Moorespeed are a long term client and I have designed their liveries for a few years in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup. This year, they move up to the WeatherTech series with a new Audi R8 LMS GT3. Main sponsor Bardahl traditionally run in black and yellow. We wanted to mix it up a bit and make the car more stealth, so a mix of Gold (to tie in with the #IMSA50 celebrations) create a clean looking design which is also unique on the grid.
The livery has been well received and IMSA have used it as their flagship car to promote the Rolex24
#48 Paul Miller Racing – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo
Current Lamborghini Super Trofeo AM champion, Ryan Hardwick has commissioned me to design his liveries in the past and returned this year to create an all new look for Paul Miller Racing with Ryan’s 1st Phrom sponsorship. This was a tricky design as another (NDA) client had an identical livery brief in terms of color, for a while, so we played with a Blue and then a Black base.
As is often the case the extra variants and revisions helped to resolve the design.
#71 P1 Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3
I had great fun designing the Chupacabra for JC Perez and P1 Motorsport last year. The livery also ended up on multiple Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeos as well as their race haulers. This became a huge fan favourite for kids which was cool We tweaked the design this year, using a graphite base and adding in a side illustration of a Chupacabra, ready to pounce. P1 Motorsports will be racing the full season of the IMSA WeatherTech championship.
Sadly, the website continues to take a back seat with a great range of working coming in. Most of my work is with motorsport liveries and these are showcased here.
2018 is way in the past, work wise (my last ’18 livery was created back in September), and was an epic year, my most successful to date. My first 2019 design was actually in August and if all the planets line up, I will have around 15 liveries at the Roar24 and Rolex24 combined. (4 WeatherTech, 9 Michelin Pilot, 1IMSA PC)
All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family, friends and the teams, sponsors and drivers who commissioned me to design these liveries, so a huge THANK YOU!
All the liveries shown have competed (or used in public, in the case of the Vancouver Canucks liveries) during 2018. A couple (the CES BMW M6 for example) were collaborations and a few are older liveries still in use today.
Also a few sponsorship proposals which never saw the light of day and a couple which are confidential with NDA etc. There were a few helmets, race haulers, race suits, t-shirt designs and vehicle styling projects along the way was well.
Signing off 2018 with wishes for a healthy, happy, fun-packed and peaceful Happy New Year.
Where did the 2018 season go? I’ve had the most amazing season, but also easily the busiest, even busier than legendary crunch time on EA games, or back to back race weekends when I was at McLaren many moons ago.
So, with the result of up to14+ cars running on an IMSA weekend in all classes, plus others, the website had to take a back seat. I had to ensure my client work were not compromised.
However, now, I’m starting to update the site so pop back and see some of the liveries I will be highlighting including the Chupacabra P1 Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3 racecar. More soon.
Pop back tomorrow as a new project I styled for Ken Block and the Hoonigans drops on You Tube. Somehow, its stayed a secret for two years, but this teaser below might give you a clue. All I can say is its bonkers.
I have been fortunate to work with one of my long standing clients, AERO paint, producing a new series of liveries, which we have named the AERO Signature series.
Going forward, this livery will showcase AERO’s products using their Satin Liquid Steel (shown below) alongside Gloss and Semi-chrome blue and red accents, flowing over the car, taking its inspiration from the sweep used in the AERO logo.
The first car that will carry this identity is the AERO CEO, James McGuire’s Ligier JSP3. This will race in the Michelin Le Mans Cup across Europe. Run by ELMS LMP3 Champions, United Autosport, the AERO branded car will stand out at the front of the pack.
I was recently commissioned by Ryan Hardwick and business partnerDustin Farthing, to create a livery for their two car Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo entry in the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American championship. Two of four liveries in this years series.
Dustin is a 17 time Nation and World pro-class Water sports champion. With his transition to auto-racing, his Dustin’s Huracán will feature Monster Enegery sponsorship and carry the iconic bright green accents on a Matte Black base with a cool interesting Chrome Black finish.
I chose to keep the design relatively clean and am using some of the cool form and creases of the supercar for the location of the accents.
Formula Drift Champion winning team, Papadakis Racingcommissioned me earlier this year to create a new livery for their all-new Formula Driftcar, the Toyota Corolla iM (Toyota Auris in some markets).
I had previously styled a number of liveries for Papadakis way back to the Team Need for Speed days when current champion Frederic Aasbo joined the team.
With the Scion brand and the ‘tC’ model disappearing from the market place, Toyota needed to showcase a new product. The easy option would be the Toyota 86, but the 5 door iM was chosen instead.
Not your typical Formula Drift car, despite its Corolla heritage, we need to make the car stand out and look dynamic.
While team owner Stephan Papadakis developed their own bodykit, I started work on some concepts. These first round concepts show some of the early variations. Traditionally Rockstar have busy liveries with tight corporate identity requirements, but with a design chosen, their feedback was for a cleaner livery, so working with the Marketing Director, Jen Horsey.
This was my third livery commission from Team BMR and Brand Pilot and this year and we developed the 2016 livery design which could become interchangeable over time with different brands and colors, without diluting the look.
Taking reference from the italic Team BMR logo, I created a graphic with various Rhomboids (slanted rectangles) across the with accented strips either side in Dark Grey or Process Blue which is a corporate color for Adrian Flux. The Darker Blue used is a deep metallic vinyl and provides a good contrast to the White base required by Subaru and the team. These graphic areas also give clear defined spaces to the partners which help visibility at speed.
I was recently comissioned by the Panoz organisation to create a classic style livery for their new Panoz Avezzano race car which will race in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2017.
We explored a number of avenues including recreating the original Panoz livery, which I designed way back in 1995, but in the end we went for a design which referenced the Red and White of later cars including the LMP1.
More recently, I had designed the 2014 DeltaWing livery for Panoz.
The start of the 2017 North American Racing season gets underway this weekend with the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge at Daytona International Raceway and I have been busy preparing for it for months!
While there are a couple I can’t talk about, I have a number of race liveries I can showcase.
In the WeatherTech championship, my client Turner Motorsports returns with their BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD Class with a slightly updated livery in support of new sponsor Kettera.
During 2016, I also gained a new client with Scuderia Corsa and have worked with them on various sponsorship and livery updates during the championship winning 2016.
Snowed under with livery and Spotter Guide work at the moment, so just a quick post to show off two liveries which will be used at the 24H of Dubai later this week.
First off, LAP57 UAE are one of the most well known middle-eastern teams and have entered most of the 24H Dubai races, I remember attending in 2011 and seeing them racing their Integras. The team have developed and they will be running a new JAS built Honda Civic Type-R to TCR Touring Car regulations.
The team wanted a clean livery which left space for sponsors over the coming races and a development of their current look.
The livery has come out really well. Probably one of the cleanest liveries I’ve designed in quite a while, but it works with the Blue and White contrasts.
The team even sent over an additional video showing them applying my logo – Thanks guys! Really appreciate this.
The other entry is running under the new Saudi Arrows team.
This team commissioned me to create a design quickly after seeing my previous work at the 24H including the Saudi Falcons and the 2011 winning Team Need for Speed BMW Z4’s.
This was one round of design with basic placement, so we developed a design based off an element of their logo, Taking the arrow head and elongating. This livery was also designed for a McLaren 650 GT3 and Radical race cars. For this event, the Audi R8 will be run by 2016 winners, WRT.
You can follow the race with audio and vision at RadioLeMans.com or the race site.
Long term client, CJ Wilson Racing, recently announced a partnership with Porsche GT3 Cup team, WinWard Racing to run a Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubSport in the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.
The Techemet design incorporates the CJ Wilson Racing graphics introduced last year with Graphite and chrome Blue hues. The original CJWilson Racing design allowed for its use regardless of color and sponsor and this shows how the graphic can work across multiple liveries as shown below on their 2016 designs
Leading Porsche racer, Corey Fergus has been a client for a number of years, campaigning various Porsche’s in the Pirelli World Challenge with an AERO supported ‘paint’ wrap including the Porsche Cayman below.
For 2017, Corey has teamed up with Moorespeed Racing to race in IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA with the new updated Gen 2 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car.
New race team, VOLT Racing, promoting the VOLT Lighting brand recently commissioned me to design a livery for their new McLaren 570S GT4 in the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge.
VOLT lighting corporate colors are a vibrant yellow and black and the team wanted to utilize a florescent yellow/green vinyl for the car to really stand out on track. Combined with Graphite Grey, this gives maximum contrast. The livery has been designed to be very clean and utilize the lines of the McLaren.
As you may have seen, a new social media platform has been launched called Drive Tribe. Fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, the basic concept is centered around hundreds or groups, or Tribes as they prefer to call them. You can make your own tribe and you can join tribes which interest you.
DriveTribe has the potential to be successful, but we will see. I was accepted to become a member of Drive Tribe a while back and had a tribe for a while as the platform was tested. Drive Tribe is now live, so welcome you to take a look at the two tribes I have created.
The Speedhunters car culture program reached out to me towards the end of September for a livery re-fresh of their Need for Speed Porsche 911 RWB which had been on show previously at SEMA.
SEMA is the largest trade after market car show in the world and takes place every year in Las Vegas in November. The show is huge so its vital to create something that is a talking point so its remembered.
With the desire of a refresh and timescale our options were extremely limited. Speedhunters wanted to call out reference for the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally classing winning Porsche 911 of Herbert Linge and David Falke which carried the number ‘147’. While this was Red, the brief called for something Black, more sinister and ‘home-grown’ in appearance but with Rally influence.