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Catching up with Automotive Artist Etienne Carignan

Whether it’s concept cars, police vehicles, old classics, or one of our personal favorites - late 60s and early 70s muscle cars, Etienne Carignan has drawn it, in great detail and realism. We recommend you take a look at his very full online gallery. The artist himself was nice enough to share a few words with us recently. Here they are for your reading pleasure...

Original artwork by Etienne Carignan

Original artwork by Etienne Carignan

What got you into doing automotive art?

I always loved drawing/sketching pretty much anything, but there is always a high level of challenge into drawing cars properly.

Who is a favorite automotive artist of yours?

I don’t really have a favorite artist, but I was always fascinated by car designer renderings in general. They always have a very dynamic way to present their car concepts in sketches.

What inspires you to create automotive art?

I’m always inspired by new client wanting commissioned art. They not only bring their vehicle as models, but also their ideas. It’s working with them that makes all illustrations unique.

What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?

Some of my other hobbies also include creativity: in my every day job, I’m a toy and product designer and I also like doing some woodwork. Travelling is certainly another hobby where I get a break to refresh my mind.

Do you have any tips for aspiring automotive artists?

The best tip is practice. Sketch from all angles any car and many times because it takes a long time to be good at getting the right perspective and proportions of cars. After it`s another step to be good at coloring cars you own way.

- AutoandArt Staff