There’s nothing greater than the feeling of accomplishment.
I’ve been drawing for quite a few years; mainly it was silly scribbles and doodles to fill in time while at school, including my exam papers… Oops!
I never took any drawing seriously, until after high school. Even then I drew to fill my time in. It wasn’t until I drew my first racecar and showed my dad that I suddenly realised Hey, I can make something out of this. And from there I was determined to get out and get people to notice what I could do. As my dad kindly put it “You have a talent. You can draw like no one else I know. Don’t put it to waste.”
When I started my first cartoon (The funny car) I never realised it would lead me to this. I drew it, thinking “Oh yeah, Ryan will like it hopefully.” And that was it. Little did I know, it would become a hit with everyone and I’d be asked to do drawings for Nigel Dixon and Mike Reid.
But it wasn’t until this year that I really started to think something of it, when I got my break. I’m an avid reader of NZV8 (Like most of you probably reading this are too!) and I saw in one of the issues that they were looking for someone to post blogs on their website. I thought about and approached the idea to dad who said “…Well don’t waste your time, apply if you really want to do It.” and so, after begging a friend to let me borrow their computer, I sent an email and hoped for the best. A few days later I got a phone call. At work. I dashed out the back to answer it. And to cut a long story short after a few more emails I got to go to the heart of NZV8!
Again, cutting an even longer story short, I got to meet Todd Wylie and the awesome gang at the NZV8 office. And so this brings me to where I am now. Sitting here, absent mindedly tapping away on the laptop, thinking about the picture in reference to this blog.
After sneakily emailing Morice, asking some questions about Noel, he asked me something that caused me to squeal in typical girl fashion. Now, I first saw the funny car painted up in her new colours at Speed show this year in July, and I got several nudges in the ribs from Morice who wanted a new drawing of it , which I happily agreed too once I realised why he was nudging me repeatedly… So I thought about it did a few more blogs and doodles and it was put on my “To do List”… Up until a few weeks ago. Morice happily answered my questions and then asked if I could possibly do the funny car… So it could be painted up on the side of his trailer. OH MY GOD. Was what I first yelled, along with a few other words that I’m sure can’t be put on here…But you get the general Idea!
And so this brings me to now, having seen the trailer itself (Bright…yellow??) But Morice reassured me it’s not staying that colour…
…Well I hope it’s not!
Either way, I’m here to where I am now, a few months down the track (Lord help me!) and certainly none the wiser, aside from wanting to cut my poor hand off. Why you ask? Well perfecting sponsor logos was harder than I thought it was! And Morice you owe me a new black colouring pencil! It’s about two inches short now!! Though it’s good to see the trailer is white now!
Now, what next? I’ve heard down the grapevine that Mr. Neilan is after a doodle of his car. Well Mr. Neilan, guess who gets to be featured next!!
Digga racing at its best!