This month we provided a large amount of real estate to go-fast trucks, especially those that competed in our West Coast THROWDOWN performance truck shootout. Talking with talented artist Eric Brockmeyer about the event, he recalled a road race–inspired 2006 Chevy Silverado he created a few years back. After he sent it to us, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it with you. We also asked Eric to tell us a little bit more about himself. In his own words, this is what he shared with us.
"I have a passion for all the aspects of design that are all around us everyday, but I mostly enjoy applying that passion to the custom car and truck scene to help design and inspire amazing one off machines. My background comes from close to three decades of car drawings that have evolved through experimentation and a desire to improve. Early on I used just pencils and chalk, but eventually in about 1990 I took a rendering seminar that introduced me to markers and ink, this really opened my eyes to the level of depth and richness I was striving for in my automotive illustrations. I inevitably discovered Photoshop, which was another eye-opening revelation because all of a sudden now I could easily adjust colors and details without completely redrawing the image. However, I always strived to maintain that hand drawn "rendered" look in my illustrations. I was enjoying drawing and designing cars as a hobby, but I wanted to make a career out of it, so from 1996-1999 I attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. There, I learned from noted professional designers about line and surface tension, balance, rendering techniques, presentation and much more, and would ultimately acquire my degree in Industrial Design. With degree in hand I landed my first professional design job at Sea Ray Boats in Merritt Island, Florida. It wasn't cars, but I was still excited since I would still be designing vehicles. During my four years at Sea Ray I continued to draw cars and hot rods in my spare time for various customers I had met at car shows or through friends. I had a growing list of clients, which eventually forced me to make a decision between a steady paying job or the ups and downs of self-employment. In 2003, I made the choice and was very fortunate to have met and worked for some great people like Boyd Coddington, Bobby Alloway, The Roadster Shop, and many others in the custom car and truck world. I am very thankful for the great projects I have been able to be a part of over the past decade, and hopefully many more to come."