In our continued pursuit of all things automotive art, we recently caught up with automotive artist Adam Icenogle to talk a little bit about his work, his inspiration, and his influences. Adam is a native of Illinois who discovered a love for drawing as a young student. In addition to creating automotive art, he has also worked for companies like Disney and Universal Studios.
A great example of Adam Icenogle's event artwork. We especially like the bold perspectives and the use of native imagery. See more at www.adamicenogle.com.
AutoandArt.com: What got you into doing automotive art?
Adam Icenogle: My mother taught K-12 art for decades and my father has always been interested in convertibles and other collectible cars. I grew up around '60s and '70s convertibles, and a lot of original artwork. I suppose my work is a reflection of these influences.
A&A: Who is a favorite automotive artist of yours?
A.I.: I have a lot of automotive art influences, and other people whose work I admire. I like the work of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Robert Williams, Von Dutch, Tom Fritz, Mark Ervin, Kent Bash, Lemorris Harris, Chip Foose, and many, many others.
A&A: What inspires you to create automotive art?
A.I.: I enjoy old cars, and the stories people tell about their experiences with them. If I had my way, I'd be a collector. Right now, my only hobby car is my very first car, a 1978 VW Superbeetle Convertible. I purchased it as a high school sophomore, and have somehow managed to hold on to it all these years.
A&A: What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
A.I.: When I'm not creating automotive artwork, I enjoy doing creative work for theme parks and attractions. Many of my friends are creative people who work in the themed entertainment industry, and as a central Florida resident, I enjoy visiting all the local theme parks as often as possible.
A&A: Do you have any tips for aspiring automotive artists?
A.I.: Draw as much as possible, every day. Do it until your hand hurts. Then, keep drawing. Take advantage of social media and other online resources that allow artists to post images of their work. Promote yourself at every opportunity. Helping charities with event artwork (or just by sharing your time) always improves my outlook. Figure out who inspires you, and contact them. Almost everyone I've approached has been gracious, and more than willing to talk with me. Later, remember these people and their generosity and be receptive when less-experienced artists contact you, seeking advice. Then, draw some more. :)
Check out Adam’s work at www.adamicenogle.com and drop him a line if you like what you see!
- AutoandArt Staff