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Drawing A DeSoto

Inanimate objects. For some reason, having to draw them is not my favorite pass-time. However, “Wild Years (the music and myth of) Tom Waits” starts off like this:

[…] in the 1973 press-kit bio for his first album, Closing Time, Waits claimed that he was born in a taxicab with three day’s growth of beard. As soon as he popped out, he told the driver to head for Times Square on the double. In other interviews, he maintained that the driver wouldn’t let him out of the cab until he had come up with the fare — which was pretty tough since he didn’t have any pockets.

… and so a car needed to be drawn. Some model that was around in 1949 to be more exact: a DeSoto!

Google Images to the rescue. Here’s what I started out with:

De Soto

… on to a preliminary sketch:

De Soto preliminary sketch

… pretty shabby. Some cleaning up was in order. I transferred the above onto another piece of paper, and realized by now that, in order for the newborn Tom Waits to get out of the car, at least the back door should be open…

De Soto second pass

… so that’s the drawing we ended up using. For shits ‘n giggles here’s both drawings super-imposed:

De Soto super-imposed


  1. Luciano

    Very nice indeed.

  2. Miyuki Mouse

    Fascinating! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone work on a drawing like that…

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