7.More white was added to the gray to create the highlights. The use of light will give yo
8.The same gray highlight was used for the wings and goatee. More white was added to the g
9.When we got back, everything was dry enough to move on to the lettering. The phrase "Sti
10.Unless you're a pro like Steve, I'd recommend hand-drawing the whole letter and then co
11.While the letters were drying, a long-liner brush was prepped with some black paint. He
12.To add a little kick to the letters, Steve decided to thin some blue so he could spray
13.Steve grabbed a small lettering quill and added even more little highlights to Stinga X
14.I thought it was all done, but Steve had one more trick for us. He outlined the whole d
Artist profile: Steve vandemon
We sat down with the legendary Southern California painter to ask him a few questions and see what makes him tick. Steve is fascinated by leadsleds and little men from outer space, but we had to know more:
ST: Has being a custom painter taken you anywhere cool?
Vandemon: Yeah, I got to go to Europe for an airbrush show, Australia for the Summer Nats, and New Zealand for The Beach Hop.
ST: What do you do when you're not painting?
Vandemon: Hang out with my family or plug in the bass and pound out a few chords from Stryper songs.
ST: What new skills would you like to learn?
Vandemon: Ethics and social skills.
ST: What is the oddest thing someone has asked you to paint?
Vandemon: A set of clown shoes.
Stefan Amann, owner of Eightball Rods and Choppers walked over after the interview and jokingly said, "After 11 years of sniffing paint fumes, Steve has finally lost his mind. I wouldn't be surprised if he relocates to the desert with his alien collection and tinfoil hats."
The Final Word
After watching Steve throw down this design, all I can say is wow. He made everything seem effortless, which got me motivated to go home and try something. Using the lettering quill wasn't too bad-it provides a lot more control over the long liner that I fought with for a few hours before giving up. I still need to work on twisting the brush as I create a curve, but with practice it will come. If you want your very own piece of Vandemon artwork, go to Steve's website. He sells a lot of cool stuff you may want to throw some cash at.