Scott's Automotive Magazine Series


When I was a kid in the '60s I read a lot of car magazines. Being an "artistic" kid back then, I always noticed the art work that was published in the magazines. In high school I was a straight A student in all of my drafting classes and especially liked "technical illustration." I got my first magazine break when I did a pencil drawing of what I thought Grumpy' Jenkins' '75 Pro Stock Monza might look like. I sent the drawing to Neil Britt, editor of "Drag Racing USA" and nearly fell over when I got a call from Neil in a few days. He loved the drawing, but asked if I could do it in pen and ink so that it would reproduce better. I did a pen and ink version and it was published in the magazine. And, I got paid to do something I loved doing - drawing cars. I was hooked!

As one magazine led me to another I learned that I could get more of my work published if I stuck with the pen and ink work. Editors usually like to save their color pages for photography. I did a fair amount of color work for magazines, but the lion's share was pen and ink.

Although I didn't know it in the beginning, I eventually built up a large collection of drawings that I started to reproduce in the late '80s. As my freelance work developed into several series projects, I was steadily adding to my catalog. After making 6 car art print catalogs, I decided to put my prints online. My Detroit Iron Motorhead Shop website was my first. Now we have four car art websites; The Illustrated Corvette Series, Kit Car Profile, and Dude's Car Art.

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"Illustrated Corvette Series"
Vette Magazine
1997 to Present - 118 installments and counting

As of this writing (8-06) this is the only series I am working on. My association with "Vette Magazine" goes back to 1976 just after the first issue came out. I was a Corvette owner then and was thrilled to see a Corvette-only magazine, but I noticed that there wasn't a single piece of art in the magazine. So I sent the editor Marty Schorr some samples and a pitch to do some "styling analysis" articles. Marty called me and said,"When can you have some art for me?" I've been a contributing artist and writer for "Vette Magazine" ever since then.

In 1997 I pitched an idea to then editor Richard Lentinello for a monthly series telling the chronological history of the Corvette. I sent Richard a layout and he liked the idea but didn't have an open space for another column. A week later he called back and asked if I was still interested in doing a column for Vette. "YES!" was my answer and the first installment ran in the June '97 issue and has been running every month since.

By the fourth installment I realized that to completely tell the Corvette story, it was important for me to branch off and cover the Corvette experimentals, show cars, engineering prototypes, and all the important racing Corvettes. What I did was to nearly triple the number of installments. I have projected that the complete series will run out to around 140 installments. When the series is completed I'd like to get it published as a book. The supporting website, The Illustrated Corvette Series is updated every month as I complete each installment.

"Vette Magazine" started as a quarterly publication, then a bi-monthly publication, and now is monthly.

Vette Magazine Center-Spread Posters 1990 to 1994 - 4 installments

About once a year, beginning in the early '90s, editor D. Randy Riggs asked me to do a color center-spread for Vette Magazine. Each "pull-out poster," as they called them, fit into a special issue theme.

I covered the 1956 Corvette shown to the left, as well as the 1963 Grand Sport Corvette, the 1970-1/2 LT-1 Corvette, and the 1990 ZR-1 Corvette. Reproductions of my color Corvette illustrations can be found at The Illustrated Corvette Series website.

"Vette Magazine" started as a quarterly publication, then a bi-monthly publication, and now is monthly.

"Kit Car Profile"
Kit Car Magazine
1999 to 2004 - 31 installments

This was a fun series. Kit cars are body and interior parts that you buy and bolt on to a donor chassis and running gear. Some of the kits look so much like the real cars it's amazing.

I had a good working relationship with Vette Magazine assistant editor, Mike Blake. When Mike was put in the editor's seat for Kit Car Magazine he asked if I'd be interested in writing and illustrating a series for the bi-monthly magazine.

My approach to the series was to tell the background story of the real cars the kits are made from. The series was a lot of fun because it gave me a reason to research a wide variety of classic sports cars and vintage automobiles.

"Kit Car Magazine" is a bi-monthly publication.

Prints from the series can be found at:

"Retrospect: Drag Racing History"
Super Stock & Drag Illustrated Magazine
1987 to 1989 - 16 installments

My association with Super Stock & Drag Illustrated Magazine began in 1980 when my editor friend Steve Collison was offered the job as editor. Occasionally I did some special feature illustrations and technical art.

In '85 I started submitting 3 to 4 drawing that Steve used on his editorial pages so that the reader wouldn't be looking at a full page of text. In the magazine biz, art like this is called "column fillers."

After nearly three years of column fillers I pitched Steve on a monthly feature that would look back at some of the more important cars in drag racing history. Most of the time I was able to call the racers and interview them for the story, which was a lot of fun. I found all of the racers to be more than eager to talk about their glory days in drag racing.

"Super Stock & Drag Illustrated" was a monthly publication.

Prints from the series can be found at:

VW & Porsche Magazine
1986 to 1988 - 10 installments

I started doing column filler drawing for "VW & Porsche Magazine" in 1986. That year when I was in Los Angeles, I visited the editorial offices of VW&P at the Argus Publishing office in down town L.A. C. Van Tune was the editor then and asked me if I would be interested in doing any color work for him.

I borrowed the series title from an old Walt Disney expression which is a contraction of the words, "imagination" and "engineering." Each installment featured a VW or Porsche that was made into a cool street rod all with bolt-on parts - body panels, scoops, spoilers, wings, wheels, and paint. Little did I know but the design manager at Tyco Toys, Mick Hetman, was familiar with my work for VW&P before I went for my first interview in the Boys Toys R&D Group in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey in 1990.

"VW & Porsche" was a bi-monthly publication.

Prints are not available of this series.

"Blueprint Series"
Guide To Muscle Cars Magazine
1987 to 1991 - 21 installments

While I was in L.A. meeting with C. Van Tune at VW & Porsche Magazine, I also met Jim McGowen, editor of "Guide To Muscle Cars." I told him about the series I was doing for Super Stock magazine and he said he'd like to run something like that for his muscle car book.

I sent him a layout with an interesting looking header title and it was a go!

"Guide To Muscle Cars" was a bi-monthly publication.

Prints from the series can be found at: within the individual car brand links

Fabulous Mustangs and Exotic Fords
1987 to 1988 - 19 installments

While I was in L.A. meeting with C. Van Tune and Jim McGowen, I also met Jeff Tann, the editor for "Fabulous Mustangs and Exotic Fords." Many months later I pitched a similar series for Jeff's Ford publication. There was plenty of great Ford material to choose from. Instead of the typical vertical format, I choose the horizontal layout as a point of difference from the "Blueprint Series."

Prints from the series can be found

"The History of Muscle Cars"
Muscle Car Classics Magazine
1991 to 1992 - 7 installments

I learned that car magazine editors move around a lot. After Augus Publishing axed "Guide To Muscle Cars" and "Fabulous Mustangs and Exotic Fords," editors Jim McGowen and Jeff Tann moved on to Peterson Publishing. McGowen was now the editor of "Muscle Car Classics" and asked if I'd like to do something completely different.

Rather than working in just pen & ink, I did my pen and ink outline and detail drawing on cold-pressed illustration board and then used pencil for surface shading. To help create a different look from my other series, I left the tires and ground shadow white. It's a styling technique I first saw in Harry Bradley's work.

McGowen moved onto greener pastures and Jeff Tann took over the editor's position. Not long after that, the magazine was canceled. The only down side to working for Peterson back then was that they owned all rights to all writing, photography, and art published in their magazines. So my originals were never returned.

Prints are not available of this series.

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