Car & Craft

About

Hey guys and girls! I started painting cars on wood panels in 2014 - it's a super slow art method, but I love the combination of retro machinery and woodgrain. Aside from art lessons for a couple of years as a kid, I don't have any formal training in drawing or painting - in fact, I studied piano performance in college. This whole project began after visiting the (then) vintage car collection at The Stable Performance Cars in Alpine, Texas over several years . . . I'd reproduced a few vintage travel posters from the early 1900s and thought - What if I tried to paint one of these cars? I started with the 1951 mint green Mercury in 2014 and well, it was a LOT harder to paint from photographs than I expected. The next project was the 1939 grey Cadillac sedan and no kidding it took me 2 full years to finish because I kept stopping out of weariness. Those two were my trial by fire. Each car still takes months to finish, but I don't spend that time worrying if it's even worth it to TRY - I love these old cars and I just try to stay in the moment and enjoy the process, no matter how long it takes. So here's to all you persevering self-taught folks - hat's off! Keep at it! Most of these paintings are available as fine art prints in my CarAndCraft Etsy store, and I'm working on several more big projects for 2018 - Like and Share if you enjoyed looking at these beautiful metal machines!

Support Draw to Drive

Dear friends,

when we started this journey, our only goal was to build a small community of octane art lovers. Your passion made Draw to Drive community grow beyond our expectations. As you probably know Draw to Drive is a project developed, maintained and financed by team of three co-founders. With the constant growth of the community, our operating costs grew as well, together with the time needed for maintaining the current platform. Next to that, new features had to take a back seat.

We came to a point when we have to ask for your support to develop new features and keep the platform running. We have enabled a donate functionality so, if you want, you can now support us financially to build a better platform and attract more automotive enthusiasts to our community. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

Tomislav Palatinuš
Co-founder