industry have included an invitation he received to do a commissioned work for the National Corvette Museum, and artwork that's been printed in car
magazines such as Hot Rod, and Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords (among a few). He's even had Jay Leno and Bob Lutz as clients.
Reaching out to Mr. Whitfield for a few questions. He was gracious enough to take the time to answer them. The Q&A follows.
Art has been a part of your life since you were a young child. Do you remember how you started?
To tell the truth I got started very young but to answer your question directly I started a age five. Anything I saw was a canvas to me, school paper,
the walls in my bedroom, basically any flat surface with empty space I would draw on. My passion was the automobile and I drew cars every chance I
Your work encompasses several fields. What media have you used to create your work over the years? What's your favorite?
Photography, oils, charcoal, paint, CAD, etc...?
My absolute favorite is Windsor & Newton Designers Gouache paint. The paintings just come alive when using this type of paint. The colors are so
rich and vivid, the cars look like they're popping off the illustration board.
Your drawings have had my attention for a long while now. Could you define your style of Drawing?
I start with drawing the line work of the cars and backgrounds on the illustration board or canvas. Once I mask off the areas of the line work I apply
the paint using an air brush. Once I have everything created, I scan the art into a software to bring them even more alive. I am able to change the
color of the car, and add to the backgrounds or change them.
What has been your most challenging piece to date?
The old Packard's, Dusenberg's, or basically any vintage automobile. Those cars have wire wheels, tons of chrome and very intricate details that can
takes months to create. But, it's worth the labor.
What is the newest challenge or inspiration ahead of you?
As you contacted me a little while ago, I was right in the process of creating my latest production art piece. The 2016-2017 Corvette Z06
How long was it before one of your works was first published? What did it feel like?
Ohhh, you want people to find out my age, lol! It was 1989 and man what a feeling! It was like the first time you got paid for your artwork. Nothing
compares to that first paycheck. Well my first publication was a Detroit news article and I must have made 20 copies of it at the time.
How would you encourage others coming behind you in the Automotive Art arena?
Grow and study your customers. They are the people you are doing this for if you're going to do it as a living. Contrary to popular belief, you CAN
make a living at selling art but it doesn't happen all at once. It takes patience. Understanding what your customer's likes and dislikes are is very
important. This is done by publishing your best art and waiting for the positive responses from social media outlets such as, facebook, blogs, Google
plus and much more. Speaking of social media, the best tools an artist has is a computer and the Internet. Gone are the days when art galleries,
museums, auto publications, and magazines dictated your career. With the Internet you go directly to your customer and build your own audience.
With a properly designed website, social media outlets, and cars events you are in control of your destiny.
Danny Whitfield's art career covers over 40 years worth of expertise. Although his strength has been mainly automotive related he also creates
architectural structures, interior design, appliances and furniture. So his wealth of knowledge and ability to convey art and design is vast. His future
aspirations are also grand, he has a vision for a museum of automotive art. It would of course include his own work, but also that of the many artists
he has inspired and respects. Whitfield's art can be found at the following: Parent website: DannyWhitfield.com
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Dale Earnhardt signing Danny's Corvette prints!
Prior to the death of Racing legend Dale Earnhard, Danny had the fortunate opportunity of taking photo's of this autograph session.
This event was for the National Corvette Museum's celebration. As you can see Dale had almost everything in the museum thrown at him for
autographs. On the table to right are 2 of Danny's Corvette prints created for the Corvette Manufacturing plant celebration. Dale was so kind to
autograph both of them. Of course those prints are priceless now!
Danny Whitfield was one of the artist who did a few of early Dodge Viper
Paintings. Although not a member of the "Dream Team" the signatures’
you see were part of an event at the 1992 Detroit North American Auto
show. Invited as a guest, Danny was fortunate to have the famous “
Dream Team” sign the artist proofs of the original 1993 Viper. Also his
rendition of a Concept Dodge Viper. These are still in his collection today!
A true believer in Christ, Danny quotes a scripture he carries deep in his heart as an artist... He have filled him with the Spirit of God, with Skill, Ability and Knowledge in all kinds of Crafts to make
artistic designs for work in gold, silver, and bronze, to cut and set stones to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Exodus;
Danny Whitfield Designs featured in Hot Rod and Mustang & fast Fords.
His love for the automobile is the highest among the most hard core car buffs and is regarded as a modern day Michelangelo, giving us art in our time
that future generations will view in homes, galleries, car shows and museums. The excitement in his artwork will make a deep inner connections to
future generations of the automotive world. See what customers say about his art
Yes Danny does more than just cars!
Its not uncommon for an artist to possess unique talents. Danny has a degree is in Industrial Design which is a combination of applied art and
applied science, whereby the aesthetics, ergonomics and usability of products may be improved for marketability and production. Although his love
for the automobile takes first place in his creative life, his talents extends to other forms of design. This includes architectural & product design
including home decor, interiors, appliances, furniture and more. If you can dream it Danny can draw it. To see more of his Design work Click here!
Raceway Ford of Riverside California has a unique partnership with Danny Whitfield!
He creates an incredible prints for each of the new Mustangs Raceway Ford sells. When a customer takes home their new Pony they also get to
commemorate it with a 20" X 24" original print of THEIR car! An awesome new Mustang in the garage and a gorgeous picture of it on the wall for
everyone to enjoy, Click here for full details
People from all over the world love cars!
Thousands of automotive artist's capture these beauties in still life! New cars, old cars, classic
cars, muscle cars, tricked-out cars, wicked custom trucks, anything on wheels! Customers
flock to see them where ever they are. General Motors, Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler
Corporation were responsible for some of the hottest and most desired cars in history. Their
homeland is 'Detroit Michigan' were it all began! The cars from Detroit changed the world. And
it all started in 1903 with Henry Ford. Looking to speed up production, Ford created the first
assembly line. With this technique, he could produce cars faster and more efficiently, making
them for the first time affordable for the average Joe customer. And the average Joe bought
them up like hotcakes! At the same time, America's cultural scene blossomed. Led by the
almighty auto barons, the US flourished with new buildings, museums and theaters built by
the world's top architects. Music flowed from corner bars and nightclubs, Barry Gordy's
Motown sound was in high gear and artists like Diego Rivera captured the moment. Today, the
affects of the automobile are everywhere! Automobiles changed the way we live, where we
work and how we play. The automobile led to the growth of suburbia, the creation of a
national highway system, and the development of a population entranced with the possibility
of going anywhere anytime. It's a freedom everyone love, everlasting memories of the
Automotive Artist Danny Whitfield It's hard to believe Danny's been drawing cars since the tender age of five years old.
His life has been dedicated to the 4 wheeled wonder Henry Ford made famous and millions of people drive each year, The Magnificent Automobile
The art world is a crazy place, and there seems to be no limit as to what the next
renaissance masterpiece will fetch..
The same collector mayhem happens in the muscle car world, with top examples of our
favorite cars going for millions of dollars. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, “Auto
Capital of the World, Danny Whitfield brought his vision of art and cars to the fore front
and has been the key artist in making automotive art a respected form in the industry. He
has a magical ability to bring out the beauty of an automobile and expression vividly onto
canvas. Danny draws, paint and does many forms of art from scenic, architectural, to
portrait images. However his affinity for automobiles is his first love. After attending
Center of Creative College in Detroit and Macomb County College in Warren Michigan,
Danny grew up in Detroit, Michigan and started drawing at age 5.
His affinity for the automobile led him to a career with Ford, General Motors, and other
design firms. Although he enjoyed creating fine art pieces, the art world didn't embrace
him with open arms, initially. The industry for the most part hadn't expanded its vision yet
to see this type of artistry as a valid genre. Since then, and determined not to be held
back, Whitfield continued to do his fine art pieces and broadened his efforts to have the
automotive art genre be more greatly accepted. As a result, he is seen as a key artist in
moving this art scene forward. His work has been featured as wall hangings, posters,
published in magazines, and highlighted throughout the Internet.
The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield in 1974
To the right are six of sketches created when he was thirteen
years old! He drew them between 1974 and 1975 while attending
Henry Ford High school in Detroit Michigan.
That Mustang you see was the very first drawing he was paid for!
A school friend ask if he would draw his brothers Mustang to look
exactly like the car. Once complete he showed the drawing to his
friend and he was so overjoyed he paid him $7.00 for it.
That red check mark on the Pontiac Grand Am drawing was actual
credit he received from a substitute teacher. She saw that he was
working hard but not on his math like he was suppose to. Most of
his work reflected the drag racing craze of the 60s and 70's, Big
engines in small cars, custom woodies T-buckets and more!
As Danny mentions all I did was day dream about cars and sketch them out anytime I had a chance. If you find your sons or daughters doing this,
encourage them to keep at it. Automotive Art has taken on a new meaning and identity in itself. No longer regarded or dismissed as cartoon art or
graphics illustration. Its earn its rightful place in the world of Fine art right next to Norman Rockwell and Pablo Picasso.
Do you remember.. "Charles M. Schulz" the cartoonist of comic strip Peanuts featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy? He said he was laughed at when
he told people what he did for a living. When he showed them his first pay check the laughing stop!
If you get a chance to tour the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, check out the 6ft x 8ft Wall Mural of the 1965 All American
Corvette. Danny was commission to create this masterpiece for the museum inaugural opening. Also Danny has partnered with the museum to offer
"one of a kind" commemorative prints. The "Great Eight sink hole Corvettes. Preserving the legacy of the cars damaged in the sink hole.
Click here for full details
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