Unbelievable Drawings on Dirty Cars by Scott Wade – with Exclusive Interview

Scott Wade ( DirtyCarArt ) was born in 1959, the son of a U.S. Air Force officer and housewife. He spent most of his childhood at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Co., where his father taught history and later became the faculty executive. While in Colorado, Scott received lessons in art, piano and drums, and played drums in band starting in 5th grade. Music and art always held great interest for Scott, and he continued to draw and play in the band when he moved to Texas in 1973.

Inside Edition: Deborah

Inside Edition: Deborah
Eventually the desire to make a better living for the family took its toll, and Scott found regular employment at a sign company designing signs, banners and decals. Soon an opportunity came along to try his hand in the corporate world, and he took a job designing graphical user interfaces, which he has been doing for 11 years. During this time, he discovered and developed his “Dirty Car Art”, which has brought him world-wide recognition. We have the great pleasure of introducing Scott and his amazing artwork to the PxlEyes community today, along with an exclusive interview he kindly agreed to give for us. Valuable advice, cool videos and an amazing showcase of 70 images come along!
Q: Hello there Scott! We are pleased to have you here today, at pxleyes.com community. Please tell us a few words about yourself.
A: Im 52, a GUI Designer and free-lance illustrator-graphic artist, and drummer for the legendary Texas accordion king, Ponty Bone. I live in lovely Wimberley, Texas with my beautiful, wonderful and talented wife Robin, and awesome daughter Marley.
Mona Lisa/Starry Night “Mona Lisa/Starry Night”

Q: Your art is really special and a thing that not many artists think about. How did it all start?
A: Living on a long dirt road for over 20 years, the cars were always dirty. Wash’em, and they’d just be dirty again in a couple days. Plus, living on an aquifer, we’re always wanting to conserve water. The dust from the road base here in central Texas is very light-colored and makes great contrast with the shadowed interior of a vehicle. Who can resist doing something – writing “wash me,” “I wish my wife was this dirty,” or drawing in such a ready-made medium? I would draw characters – my father was a great amature cartoonist – and try to get some shading by brushing the pads of my fingers lightly, and started refining the fat line of the finger by using fingernails, twigs, whatever I’d find laying around. The real revelation came when I was eating a popsicle and had chewed the end of the stick as I was drawing one day. I took it out of my mouth, looked at it, and gave it a try. It was really cool, sort of gave a cross-hatching effect. I went to my studio and got a variety of brushes and a rubber paint-shaper, and soon developed the techniques I use today.
Elfnt Ears “Elf’nt Ears”

Q: Do you also paint/draw with traditional materials, like canvas and oil paints?
A: You bet. I particularly enjoy acrylics and house paint on a variety of surfaces, and do a lot of drawing with a ballpoint when I’m sitting in meetings. I also love to sculpt in a variety of media.
Uncle Albert “Uncle Albert”

Q: Do you use anything special to preserve your works on car windows? Like…something that keeps the dust together? Or how does it exactly work? LOL
A: The work is impermanent by nature. It’ll hold up fine going down the highway, but the first hard rain and it will be gone. This is one of the things I love about Dirty Car Art. It reminds me to be in the moment and let go of the piece once it’s done, which seems to me a good lesson for living. So although I’ve been offered many suggestions as to how I might preserve the work, I’m just not interested. I much prefer a “natural canvas,” that is, one where the glass is coated over several days of driving on a dirt road. I love the way it works, it’s not as regular as the “prepared canvas,” and it will often suggest a drawing by it’s ideosyncracies. But when I demonstrate at an event, or do something for the media, there’s usually not an opportunity to work with a natural canvas, so I developed a way to prep the car very quickly using a light coating of oil and blowing on the dirt with a blowdryer or garden duster. It works pretty well and enables a really nice range of values.
The Nag “The Nag”

Q: What is it that you love the most in this world?
A: Being alive; I think it all boils down to that.
Lets Get Kinky in Austin “Let’s Get Kinky in Austin”

Q: A little piece of advice please for anyone who’d like to become your “follower”.
A: Well, first of all, don’t follow me. I didn’t “discover” this art form by following anyone. My advice to all artists is just to allow everything to inspire you and to follow your own insticts. And really important: have fun!

Friend in Need

Friend in Need

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring

Refining the Edge

Refining the Edge

Kim & Kelly

Kim & Kelly

Rapture of Pop-N-Fresh

Rapture of Pop-N-Fresh

Two Thumbs Up

Two Thumbs Up

Him & Her

Him & Her

The Birth Of Venus

The Birth Of Venus

Hill Country Steinway

Hill Country Steinway

Texas Women

Texas Women

Pet Fest

Pet Fest

Pet Fest: Detail

Pet Fest: Detail

FreeTail

FreeTail

What About Bob?

What About Bob?

The Dirty Car Artist – Scott Wade

What About Bob?: Detail

What About Bob?: Detail

Hello, Deer

Hello, Deer

Cpl. Robert Zane Childress, Iraq

Cpl. Robert Zane Childress, Iraq

Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho: Detail

Ronaldinho: Detail

Escape: to the Beach

Escape: to the Beach

Escape: to the Desert

Escape: to the Desert

Escape: to the Mountains

Escape: to the Mountains

Drifter

Drifter

Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore

CMT Cars

CMT Cars

Hank

Hank

Inside Edition: American Gothic

Inside Edition: American Gothic

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

Longhorns

Longhorns

Roadrunner & Coyote

Roadrunner & Coyote

Lady Bird

Lady Bird

Mitsubishi Ad: Car 1

Mitsubishi Ad: Car 1

Mitsubishi Ad: Car 2

Mitsubishi Ad: Car 2

“Monta├▒ozo” Official Music Video – Grupo Fantasma

Mitsubishi Ad: Car 3

Mitsubishi Ad: Car 3

Horror

Horror

Willie: Back

Willie: Back

Willie: Side

Willie: Side

Zoom

Zoom

Los Mariachis

Los Mariachis

Richard & Judy

Richard and Judy

The Hay Wain

The Hay Wain

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Ken & Sheree

Ken & Sheree

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby

Sheree Signs

Sheree Signs

The Great Blue

The Great Blue

Under a Wave

Under a Wave

On the Road: Windshield

On the Road: Windshield

On the Road: Driver’s Side

On the Road: Drivers Side

On the Road: Rear Window

On the Road: Rear Window

Luminaria1

Luminaria1

Folklorico Dancers

Folklorico Dancers

San Antonio River Bridge

San Antonio River Bridge

Dirty Car Art

DDF_inside

DDF_inside

Vancouver

Vancouver

DCA_Decatur_BurlWill_sm

DCA_Decatur_BurlWill_sm

DCA_Decatur_Cindy_sm

DCA_Decatur_Cindy_sm

3Stooges_sm

3Stooges_sm

Laurel&Hardy_sm

Laurel&Hardy_sm

MarxBrothers_sm

MarxBrothers_sm

Spanky&Darla

Spanky&Darla

WillKateScott

WillKateScott

Buckwheat&Alfalfa

Buckwheat&Alfalfa

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3 Responses:

  1. kid says:

    Creative and interesting!

    ( 2 years and 3440 days ago )
  2. erikuri says:

    An artist is an artist… independent on the resources he uses! Cool… ­čÖé

    ( 2 years and 3438 days ago )
  3. esuru says:

    wow.its amazing

    ( 2 years and 2853 days ago )