the art of ruddell




Doug Thorpe:

This type of crayon and gouache drawing style was my first exposure to automotive rendering from Doug Thorpe. I created several renderings in this style mainly on black cartridge paper in the early 70s, all of which I gave away, so if you've got one let me know!!

Roger Zrimec:

Roger Zrimec had already returned to the USA when I joined Jaguar Styling in 1978 but I had managed discuss techniques with him a couple of years previously when he showed me the basic steps of marker rendering.

His sketches were amazing, fast and effortless, and he introduced me to the idea of using varying shades of grey marker to build up the tone of the picture.

His work was always neat and precise and he was able to resolve his designs into full size models as can be seen from this drawing. . .

which became a full size XJ40 clay model design proposal in the mid 70s. Discussing the clay in the background are Bob Knight, George Thomson and Doug Thorpe.

Time saving trick for showing design detail alternatives . . using a dye line print and adding the detail variation in crayon and gouache . . Zrimec produced dramatic images with just a few quick lines!!


George Thomson:
George’s work was the benchmark that I aspired to. He combined the marker techniques of Zrimec and the crayon style of Doug Thorpe but added pastel for shading, which really brought his drawings to life!

A very nice page of George's renderings in one of the XJ40 launch brochures in 1986

David Hunt:
David Hunt was an incredible artist who could produce marker renderings with the best of them but could also turn his hand to acrylic paintings such as these portraits of Jaguar directors Sir William, Bob Knight and Bill Heynes.

He introduced me to the use of masking fluid, which he used here for the Jaguar’s head in the background.

His compositions, with their great story telling and dramatic focal points, were a key inspiration for my racing car prints. In his lunchbreak he used to produce pastel and watercolour landscapes just for something different . .

Stuart Spencer:
Stuart’s amazing airbrush style was a real eye opener to me as I watched him create this Jaguar XJ40 cutaway from start to finish.

The methodology of his pictures is similar to my own work, establishing the desired perspective view, getting the detail of the parts correct and using masking film to isolate areas for airbrushing.