Its been a busy few months with liveries and Spotter Guides galore. Sadly that has resulted in a lack of updates on Andy Blackmore Design. Fear not, for the 2018 WeatherTech Le Mans Spotter Guide is available to download for free on sister site. SpotterGuides.com
The guide features all 60 entries with a huge list of info on each car down to driver grades and social media handles. The guide has been update throughout race week, which ensures this is the most up to date entry list and guide online. You can download the guides here
I also produce the official Spotter Guides for IMSA (WeatherTech, Continental, Porsche GT3 Cup USA and Prototype Challenge) and for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo championships in Europe and North America. All available for free on SpotterGuides.com
I will be bringing this site up to date during the summer months, so check back for 18months of liveries!
Earlier this year, GM commissioned me via agency, Commonwealth McCann, to produce detailed illustrations of each generation of the Corvette Grand Sport series. The print will be released at a future date
In the meantime, the American Chevrolet website has composited the illustrations together into a wallpaper which you can download here on the Chevrolet website.
If everything aligns with delivery, this weekend will see the debut of a new IMSA t-shirt at Virginia International Raceway.
The Colors of IMSA showcase 16 liveries from the 2016 series from the iconic colors of Corvette, Turner Motorsport (hopefully 😉 ) and Stevenson to some of the striking new colors this year including the Gas Monkey Viper and the new Ford GT. Can you guess the rest?
On the rear, all the full time teams are listed.
The shirt should be on-sale at the IMSA Shop on site at Virginia International Raceway and will then be online in the next week or so.
If you are attending VIR this weekend, don’t forget to grab the official IMSA Spotter Guides at my sister site, SpotterGuides.com
It is hard to imagine it has been a year since Justin Wilson passed away. As has been repeated around the world on the internet, at the circuits, in the media, Justin Wilson was a very special racer, to quote Robin Miller, “…he didn’t have a bad bone in his body”.
As part of the fundraising efforts following his death, I worked with then Indycar artist (now Haas F1 Creative Guru!) Ryan Long to produce a very limited edition print showcasing all of Justin’s winning cars.
All 50 prints sold out within a couple of days and thanks to Rowland Printing, the print now hangs in various homes and workplaces round the globe, including the Wilsons.
Nissan have recently released a couple of infographics featuring my illustrations.
The image above features a new illustration of the 1991 Spa 24 class winning Skyline R32 GT-R. It was quite hard to find good reliable reference for this and had no scale drawing to work from, so many photos were required to accurately replicate the livery right down to the front brake caliper. The R35 GT-R behind was also updated from launch spec to the Spa 24 identity it will run at the legendary race.
I was recently asked to appear on one of Slipstream great series of podcasts with hosts Dusty Michael and Scott Elkins.
I talked about how I started from my days at Uni and McLaren and my transition from vehicle styling into livery design. Also a few tips and tricks of the trade. Finally I touch on how Formula Drift is really NASCAR for the 21st century 🙂
Its a long one, so grab a coffee. Links below. Thanks for the opportunity Scott and Dusty, it was great fun.
Local branding specialists and regular client, Torque Branding have announced a new range of motorsport themed apparel and accessories under the ‘Full Torque Gear‘ brand. As part of this announcement, the company will have branding on Alex Welch’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the Pirelli World Challenge.
I was commissioned by Torque branding to produce a launch illustration which combined Alex’s existing livery (an ex-Parr Motorsport car) and car with Full Torque Gear’s coloration in full vector. This will also form the header for their to be launched website.
Long standing client Nissan and their motorsport brand NISMO with Paul Ryan Media commissioned me to produce a new set of car illustrations for their Infographics which formed part of their 2016 racing announcement.
With the rush of IMSA so called ‘off-season’ past us and wrapping up other projects, it is a good opportunity to catch up on vehicle templates now available, ready for liveries!
These templates have been produced using OEM or team supplied art, are to scale and fully vector.
Creating any template takes hours, so having these assets built and to hand makes the design process more efficient and cost effective. Working with scale templates are vital for a smooth design and vinyl/paint application process. As a trained Vehicle Stylist, I understand how a 2D graphic works on 3D form perfectly. Once signed off, these are ready within hours for print and vinyl production, streamlining the livery process.
I also have a full suite of templates for team and fan clothing and race haulers.
A summer of recent templates:
Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Audi R8 (2015,6) GT3 (WIP)
BMW M6 GT3
BMW Z4 GT3
Dodge Viper GT3 (WIP)
Ferrari 458 GT3
Ferrari 488 GT3
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
McLaren 650S GT3
McLaren MP4-12C GT3
Mercedes AMG GT3 2015
Mercedes SLS AMG GT3
Porsche 991 GT3 Cup
Porsche 991 GT3-R
As a special treat, and thank you for the tens of thousands who downloaded my IMSA Spotter Guide for the recent Rolex24, I am making available a free wallpaper featuring an illustration of the GTLM finish with Oliver Gavin leading Antonio Garcia by just 0.034 seconds, the closest class finish in Rolex 24 history.
A limited number of IMSA Champion shirts have been produced to celebrate the champions in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge, including my client CJ Wilson Racing.
First items focused on the generations of the iconic Porsche 911. A graphic featuring the outline of each 911 generation was used for quality t-shirts and mugs while a detailed illustration of the 911 generations pieced together provided an alternative option for the Porsche owner ahead of Christmas.
Items are available exclusively from the Porsche Centre in Langley, BC
Justin Wilson fans have a new charity print to purchase that will support the wife and children of the late racecar driver. Created by renowned livery designer Andy Blackmore and IndyCar digital artist Ryan Long, the two have come together to create a print depicting each car Wilson drove to victory in a career spanning three decades.
From the Formula Vauxhall Junior car Wilson used to earn his maiden win in 1994 to the Dallara DW12-Honda that took the Briton to Victory Lane for the final time in 2012, 14 cars have been created by Blackmore & Long. And in some cases where images and logos were hard to find, the Wilson family, including Justin’s father Keith, provided invaluable help to accurately recreate the cars.
“I had originally met Justin a few times when we were both still in the UK during his time in Formula Vauxhall and always followed his career more closely than others,” Blackmore told RACER. “I wanted to help Justin’s family following his untimely passing and used the helmet graphic from an old Champ Car illustration as the basis of the helmet tribute sticker that helped spread the word, was used as a tribute, and more importantly, raised funds for the Children’s Foundation. Continue Reading
Recently created this rendering for Turner Motorsports to announce the purchase of two new BMW M6 GT3’s for the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Fun working through all the details of the currently disguised car
The livery is a development of the design I created for the team last year.
After Daytona, the run-up to Le Mans is very busy for me, not that I am complaining. Oh no!
In addition to the NISMO Le Mans Spotter Guide and the livery design for the #21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO prototype (which also features here in the above graphic), I also assist teams with various graphic assets.
Sticking with Nissan, I supply the NISMO motorsport organisation with various vehicle, and helmet illustrations which their PR guru, Paul Ryan then integrates into inforgraphics, press releases and press packs.
The lead image features Nissan Athlete LM P1 roster, with cars. Great fun drawing these helmets, many from low res or awkward angled images as these Le Mans spec helmets had only been used on test day, or were still being painted
I have been commissioned to produce some new artwork for IMSA merchandise for 2015 following a successful run last year. Here is a quick run down of whats on offer at the track, or at the online store. More items to follow during the year.
The shirt is is my favourite design and something I haven’t illustrated before, a short comic strip. It is as if it a younger fan is imagining racing the GTLM cars in a few years time. Complete with approved IMSA Radio commentary!
You can buy this youth comic strip shirt online HERE
With the 2015 IMSA Season now underway with the annual ‘ROAR’ Test at Daytona. IMSA have released the first of my shirt designs for 2015. These are now available at the IMSA merchandising truck at Daytona for the ROAR test. This print (on rear) features each of the full time chassis for 15 ( The Viper is hidden in this shot). Available in Adult and Youth sizes.
Two more circuit related shirts will be available from the Rolex 24, while a Spotter Guide shirt will be available from Sebring.
Very sad to hear of the untimely passing of Andrea de Cesaris during this past weekend. A much under-rated driver who also had one of the longest ever careers in F1 with a good hand of podium finishes. He almost won a couple of times, bar mechanical issues. Many people forget he also raced in Sportscars with Lancia (see DSC link below).
This sad news is close to home. One of my very first commissions was presented to AdC by his Fan Club and Marlboro at the Belgium GP 22 years ago.
It was a real pleasure to create this montage for him. A very dedicated racer (you dont find many who will help the mechanics build their car when pushed for time) but also a very genuine and friendly guy who always said hello to this almost stranger.