Monday, August 28, 2017

The Art of Miroslav Porochnavy

It all started with a Facebook post to the C3 Corvette Owners forum I'm a member of.

Miroslav, a talented automotive artist in Humenné, Slovakia, posted a beautifully executed pencil and marker drawing of a C3 to show forum members his artistic abilities (see image below). Suspecting that he would get tons of requests in the next couple of days, I immediately sent him a friend's request followed by an inquiry via Messenger, to which he replied immediately.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

After a few messages back and forth I commissioned Miroslav to capture my 1976 Corvette Stingray on paper.

That same evening I sent him a bunch of photos so he would have plenty of car details, along with my decision to have three images of the Vette on 16 x 22 paper. Miroslav replied early the next morning with the three drawing ideas below.

Friday, August 4, 2017

I had a hard time deciding which composition to choose but finally settled on number three which captures both front and rear three-quarter views of my car, plus the engine. In addition to those, Miroslav is going to add the Stingray logo to the drawing.

He also mentioned that since summer is a slow time of the year for him, he should be able to get to work on my project ASAP and he estimated a turn-around time of about two weeks, plus time in transit.

Miroslav has done a bunch of car projects for clients in the U.S.A. and has shipped several to Florida, so I am sure it will be a matter of a couple of weeks for the finished drawing to arrive at my home. In the meantime, he said he would send me a progress report.

By the way, car artwork commissions are not limited to C3 Corvettes. Miroslav's talent encompasses any and every vehicle—as long as you can provide photos of the subject matter—as the samples below show. A couple of them are works in progress.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Miroslav sent me the image below of my '76 Corvette Stingray drawing in progress. Can't wait for it to arrive so I can have it framed and hung on the wall.

I love photos of cars as much as the next person, but having a one-of-a-kind drawing of my Vette is in a class all by itself, especially when you take into account that these drawings depicting a vehicle in full color with a surface that looks shiny, are done with flat-color markers and pencils.

I guess I was lucky I contacted Miroslav soon after he made the post to the C3 Corvette Owners Facebook page, as he's received quite a number of messages asking about doing other Corvettes. But apparently, it's a first-come, first-served type of system, so I am very fortunate he has made the time to tackle mine.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Another progress report from Miroslav arrived today via Facebook, and he's been making great strides with my project, but since my Stingray is a work in progress the finished drawing will differ a bit from the real car since I just purchased a Pace Car front air dam which will be installed in a few weeks. And I am considering getting the Pace Car rear spoiler also.

But even with those additions, this drawing captures my car in a moment in time, which is just fine with me.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Another update from Miroslav as he finished the wheels and added a rear three-quarter view of my Vette.

He even got the raised white lettering on the tires right! The attention to detail is incredible and fascinating. Loving how this project is turning out.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Miroslav had sent me a message apologizing for the delay since they were doing some construction work at home. No big deal, of course, since I am in no real hurry to get the finished product but I appreciated his keeping me up to date.

Anyway, this morning I received another update through Facebook as he has started working on the engine bay portion of the composition, and what great progress he's made on it.

As you can see, the attention to detail is incredible which makes the drawing that more realistic and a true representation of my '76 Corvette.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The finished engine bay rendition—like the rest of the car—looked stunning, and as I had requested, Miroslav had his dad snap a photo of him holding my finished drawing.

Miroslav sent me an invoice via PayPal which makes things so much easier and said he'd be mailing the drawing early this week. As soon as it comes in I will have it properly framed so I can display it at home.

What I love most about Miroslav's renditions, is how he manages to show paint reflections in such a way that makes the drawing look three-dimensional. To me that's incredible.

For details and information, or to contact Miroslav Porochnavy, visit his Facebook page.

Click here to see the finished product.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Pace Car Air Dam For My 76 Vette | Part 1

For the model year 1978, the Corvette Indy Pace Car edition featured a distinctive front air dam that not only gave the car a more aggressive look but also helped improve its drag coefficient.

In addition to the front air dam, the car also featured a "duck tail" style rear spoiler, also made out of urethane.

But for the 1976 Stingray, those accessories were not available and my car featured a functional chin air dam whose mission was to help direct air to the front of the radiator. Functional, yes. Sexy, definitely not.

Sometimes I want to keep my car all original, but I also like for it to look cool and, frankly, I love how the '78 Pace Car looks with the air dam. I am not 100% sold on the rear spoiler (yet), but I am seriously thinking about it.

Anyway, I checked online and there are two options if you want to add a front air dam. Fiberglass or urethane. The factory used a three-piece urethane air dam which is what I decided to use on mine. Fiberglass can be tricky if the fit is not exactly right and it will crack or break if you hit something stationary, while urethane tends to be a little more forgiving because of its rubber-like consistency.

Eckler's Corvette had the right part and, lucky for me, was offering a 10% discount when I decided to make my purchase, so I placed my order and the brand new air dam was delivered the very next day.

Of course, these pieces come "natural," and a little bit of preparation is required, but this should be minimal because of the excellent quality of the parts. There will always be a small amount of mold flashing but any competent auto body shop should be able to take care of that without any issues.

According to Eckler's, the pieces are installed using most of the factory anchor points, but you have to drill a hole in each fender to attach the side deflectors, which come with the necessary studs and nuts.

I will check with a couple of auto body shops to see if they can match the shade of red on my car so everything looks even color wise, and will also ask them to prep the pieces properly, cleaning them up and patching any pin holes or any other small imperfections before applying primer followed by paint.

Plus, because these pieces have a little "give," the shop will have to use a flexing agent for both the primer and top coat.

Installation should not be a big deal, but I may let them take care of everything.

And once that's done, I will decide whether to get the rear spoiler to complete the "aero package."

Stay tuned for photos of the air dam painted and installed.

Here are a couple of pics I found online that show how great the front air dam looks, and the more I look at that red Vette, the more I like how the rear spoiler looks.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

"All Corvettes are Red..." 8/5/2017

Photos of red C3 Corvettes I happen to find during my Internet travels.

"All Corvettes are red. The rest are mistakes."
—John Heinricy | Racecar Driver and Corvette Assistant Chief Engineer (Ret.)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Corvette Mako Shark II Concept Car

One from the Chevrolet archives, featuring the Corvette Mako Shark II concept car built under the direction of General Motors Design Chief, Bill Mitchell.

Above: YouTube video by King Rose Archives.

  Above: Bill Mitchell and the Mako Shark II.

Above: Two Mako Shark generations.

Above: The 1968 Chevrolet Corvette.

There's no mistake where the C3's beautiful styling inspiration came from, and one of the reasons why the C3 body style remains popular today. The C3 was the longest-running Corvette generation, from 1968 through 1982, a total of fifteen model years.

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