A little about me

Talking about myself is my least favorite thing but my wife insists that I need a brief bio on my website, so here we go…..

I have been into hot rods and anything custom since I was little. I loved magazines and my dad had a ton of them. I started drawing very, very young and learned everything I could from looking at all of the art in those old magazines of my dad’s. I am influenced by so many different people and things. I look up to guys like, Thom Taylor, Steve Stanford, Jimmy Smith, Darrell Mayabb, George Trosley and Lance Sorchick. Their art really made me want to develop my own work.

I have a degree in visual arts which taught me a number of different techniques as well how to polish my work. After school I worked as a custom painter for about 10 years, primarily painting sand rails and motorcycles. I did everything from prep work, graphics layout, airbrushing and pinstriping. I love this work but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t happy to be away from the harsh chemicals. You will still catch me with an airbrush or pinstriping brush in my hand on occasion, I like to keep those muscles exercised.

When people stopped buying toys and stopped paying guys like me to paint them, I decided to go free-lance in 2012. It pays some bills, allows me to spend more time with my family and I get to do what I love. My wife and two daughters offer me a lot of support, and opinions! I work out of my house in Gilbert, Arizona networking via social media. Most of my business comes through Facebook, Instagram and word of mouth. I have done a few local car shows but prefer to attend them as a spectator vs. vendor.

Right now I spend my time doing renderings or paintings of my client’s cars and logo / t-shirt designs for shops and car clubs. I never know what I’m going to do next.

When I’m contacted by someone interested in getting work done there is a little bit of a process required before even getting started. The first step is determining the desired use for the outcome; personal art, t-shirts, business cards etc. Just as important is the size and budget. Knowing what a client is looking to spend helps me to ensure I suggest sizes and styles that will fit into their budget. Then we talk about the key component, the car(s). How many cars, the type, the stance and if there is an exposed engine. Then of course I need to understand what interests you have for backgrounds and any lettering, most common with t-shirt designs.

The level of detail in my art varies and it really depends on what the client is looking for. I can do a car rendering in just a few hours of detail or I can put in a few days of detail on the same car. The size and level of detail can be on either extreme depending on what is ordered. If you are interested in receiving a quote, shoot me a message and let’s get the process started.

What’s next for me? Your guess is as good as mine. I’m always trying to come up with something new and interesting so you’ll just have to wait and see.

If you made it this far into my bio, congratulations, there is no reward. Please check out the other areas of my site and share it with your friends. You are what enables me to keep creating!

Ben McKee

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