Driven by passion

Behind the scenes at Classiccar-art!

Storytelling with pictures


rom an early age I wanted to become an illustrator and artist. Every free moment I spent drawing, coloring and painting. I was inspired by the work of famous artists. I started to draw by hand – with pencil, acrylic and watercolor on art board or on canvas. In the 1980s I was the top visualizer for, among others, Volvo Nederland and DAF Trucks and I made countless visuals, illustrations and art posters for these companies. This largely explains my passion for cars. I have always been fascinated by the beautiful lines and exciting details. In addition, she worked as a designer, illustrator and animator for design studios and for large advertising agencies. I have been successfully working as an independent entrepreneur in my home studio for many years. ClassicCar-Art is for me a ‘side-project’ in which I put a lot of energy in but get the same amount out again. A hobby that got out of hand or picking up my first big love again: drawing and painting, but with the freedoms that the digital age has to offer. My other work as a designer, illustrator, but especially as an animator can be view on www.martinmelis.nl

I discovered the endless possibilities of digital drawing and animation very early in the early 1980s.
I made my first digital creations on a Commodore Amiga, and not much later on my first Mac II. From the moment I became acquainted with the endless possibilities of digital drawing, painting and animating it did not let me go. For hours I was learning to master the most complex paint, composition and animation software including many other 2D and 3D tools. These days I work with the latest hardware, including the Wacom 27 HD Touch, a digital drawing tablet where I draw directly on the screen, sensitive to pressure. Working with this tablet is a pleasure – it feels like drawing and painting on a traditional canvas, but with complete control over texture, line thickness, color and composition. I use a large assortment of digital drawing and painting tools to create my work. I fully control the effects, brushes and materials, resulting in colorful and dynamic works with their own handwriting.

As an independent artist I have no relationship with – nor do I work for – the car brands depicted on this website.