Mini Truckin: Hey Nick! Just wanted to pick your brain a bit about the poster you cooked up for us this month to help celebrate Mini Truckin's 25th anniversary. What was your inspiration for the artwork?
Nick: Well representing the 25th anniversary of the magazine was kinda hard to do since I wanted to appeal to the newer generation of minitruckers. I wanted to make a poster of the first cover truck as if it was still in the hands of the original owner pulled out of a garage after sitting for 25 years and restored with a few minor changes to the suspension and exterior. I wanted to keep the graphic old school, but new to the eyes of current readers. So the graphics are different but would look familiar to anyone who remembers seeing the first cover truck. I've always been a fan of the photo of Ryan Nelson's Frontier dragging down the freeway. I wanted to capture that same intensity.
MT: Just how many hours do you have in this design?
Nick: I probably spent about 40 hours on this piece, but what most people don't know is when it's completed 99-percent of the time I will show it to my partner Will Freeman for an opinion from a fresh pair of eyes. We went through about eight revisions over small details to make sure it was as good as it could be.
MT: How do you even start a piece such as this? Do you sketch something with a pen and paper first?
Nick: I usually start with a chicken scratch sketch and ask my friends what angle or layout looks cooler, then I'll go through and do a fully detailed line drawing. Next, I'll work on the focus of the project making sure the centerpiece stands out most. I'll spend most of my time airbrushing and drawing the truck. I try to stay away from doing anything that will distract your eyes from the main piece. I try to keep the background, text, and logos very subtle. One of the things I'm still learning is how to step back and look at it as a whole, I've spent so many years up close and focused on the details only to step back and notice all my time was spent on something that was crooked or not proportional. My advice to others is to work big and the farther you are into it the deeper you can get into the detail.